Piano and Trumpet Lessons by Joyce Toth
About this pro
Over the years, I've gained a reputation as a teacher who goes the extra mile to work with students who have difficulties with their music studies for whatever reason. I don't cut off the lesson right in the middle of a teaching point, but will continue until the point has been covered. I am constantly providing specialized arrangements for my students, music that is not published, or is only published at an inappropriate level for the student requesting it. I try to teach students how to practice, and tell them that my goal is to help them improve their skills to the point that they don't need my help anymore. I tell people my job is making kids smile. However, it's just as likely that they'll make me smile.
28 years in business
5 hires on Thumbtack
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am constantly reviewing new repertoire for both piano and trumpet. I often evaluate published pieces and do my own arrangements at several levels that are appropriate for my students. It is essential to pique each student's interest by finding what excites them about music. I also read many blogs devoted to piano teaching or the trumpet to see what cool ideas my colleagues have come up with. I also have a network of friends who I can depend on for advice with persistent issues. Any teacher who is unwilling to ask other teachers for advice should never be allowed to teach.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?It was a natural progression from performing to sharing my knowledge with others. When I began teaching, students found me, rather than me seeking them out. I had really great instructors and of course I wanted to share what they had taught me.