Students derive long-term benefits from learning music. Research has shown time and again the myriad benefits of musical study; including the development of language and reasoning skills, creative thinking and problem solving, spatial intelligence, motor skills, and the list goes on. As a music teacher, it is my responsibility to foster the development of these skills by providing creative, customized lesson plans for each individual student’s level, learning style, and interests.
But no one decides to start learning the piano to improve his or her motor skills, or starts taking voice lessons to develop spatial intelligence. Music is supposed to be fun! I certainly would not be where I am today if it wasn’t. My approach to teaching music has always balanced both the discipline and enjoyment of mastering a new skill. A dynamic and positive atmosphere is essential in order for students to truly thrive.
I believe that learning to read music and executing what is written on the page is just one facet of the musical experience. Performing, whether for an audience of 500, for your family, or just for yourself – in the comfort of your own living room – is what music is all about. Music is a powerful medium for both emotional and intellectual self-discovery. It is always incredibly fulfilling to guide students beyond the score, beyond simply playing or singing, to allow them to truly perform the music they love. It is the ability to perform that makes music so special for both the listener and the performer.
My approach to teaching exemplifies these core values. Though I have been teaching for over a decade, I am continually looking for new ways to effectively communicate and adapt new ideas in order to refine my teaching practice, as I believe the best teachers are life-long students.