I have an avid passion for teaching children and adult students to learn how to play the piano and/or flute and develop a joy for music. I focus on classical music, but I can also teach jazz and popular music. I do not follow a set lesson plan although my lessons focus on developing proper technique, learning major and minor scales and chords, cadences, sight-reading, ensemble training, music theory and ear training. Lessons focus on specific areas but are tailored to fit the individual needs of the student. I may introduce one classical piece as well as a jazz piece, folk tune, hymn or music that is part of the student's heritage. Overall, I want the student to enjoy music and become passionate about what he or she is playing. I am a classically trained musician with a BA and MM in classical music who can teach all genres of music.
Additionally, I am flexible and accommodating. My overall focus is on the student. I want my student to enjoy what they are playing and to develop an avid passion for music. Technique and sound are first and foremost, but ultimately, the student needs to develop musicality which comes from the heart. This is what differentiates my teaching from other professionals in the area.
I enjoy teaching young children and helping them to develop an avid passion for music that will enrich and enhance their lives. I have a significant amount of experience teaching the younger beginner with no previous music background. There are a number of teaching techniques that work well with children between the ages of four 1/2 and seven.
In October 2009, I experienced the Suzuki method by attending a course entitled, "Every Child Can" at Temple University in Philadelphia. The course described the way children learn to speak their first words and how this relates to learning music. I also experienced the Yamaha Music Method, which incorporates solfege singing (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti) to enable young pianists to learn how to read notes on the music staff. I have developed my own curriculum by incorporating techniques used in these methods.
I am amazed at how quickly younger students learn new concepts and grasp the basics of piano playing and developing piano technique.
20014 Coltsfoot Terrace
Ashburn, VA 20147
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