- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I build a learning profile for each individual student. This is based on their age (for example, 4 year-olds learn very differently than 8-year olds), their background in piano and music, the kinds of music that interests them and their learning style. After an initial free trial lesson, I can begin to design a program that is uniquely suited to them. Their program will evolve over time as they develop as students and as I continue to assess their progress.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music in Music History. Areas of emphasis were piano performance, piano pedagogy, music history and music theory. Continued education through workshops, post-university private lessons, colloquia on teaching theory. One of my hobbies is ongoing research on current brain science with regard to learning and teaching.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
My grandparents were professional musicians. Both of them were passionate about their teaching. It was always inspiring to hear them teach when I would visit them. They were fun-loving and interesting people who infused their encouragement of my music studies with a sense of fun. I couldn't help but notice how much they enjoyed their work. Their example set the stage for my interest in making music education a career. After graduating with a double-degree in music, I took on students and continued my training as a pianist with private lessons. My passion for teaching grew the more students I took on. In short order, I was convinced that I wanted to follow in my grandparents' footsteps and make music education my career.