It all started when...
One day when I was 8, I sat down at the piano and played a lot of notes. I thought, "some people make amazing sounds come out of this thing, I think what I am doing is beautiful but they know something I don't."
Eventually my mom hired a piano teacher. I learned how to use the pedal. How to play scales and chords. Years later I found a cool book hidden in a piano bench at a summer camp, where I usually sneaked away from the dinning tables to play the piano. The book was a collection of Ragtime pieces including Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin.
Then I saw a jazz band play at high school. I had to know how they made those cool sounds. I studied jazz. I was obsessed. The nearest jazz pianist who taught was 4 hours away. I struggled. But my percussion teacher and band directors gave me tips and pieces of advice to learn jazz.
Break it or Make it - Music Can Lead to Scholarship
Then I went to Rollins College and Belmont University with piano scholarships. Piano has been key to understanding theory and composition. Later I won a competition, gaining confidence in accomplishment and excellence in artistry, and $1,000 (Wednesday Music Clubs Piano Competition).
Enhances and Encourages Lifelong Learning
But I can think of other ways music benefit me besides paying for education. It enhances how I see the world; improved my test scores; it was my socialization in community and youth orchestras and it formed long friendships; it connected me with large audiences and taught me to learn to speak with the public; It forms dedication and discipline to a process or goal. And it encouraged deep curiosity for creativity in music composition.
Students Recognized for their Unique Individuality
Your piano teacher should not use a one-size-fits-all approach. I approach teaching, from different angles; improvisation, theory, classical or jazz; rote or by ear; from the page or from the heart. But what I strive to teach each of my students beyond the training, is that they are unique individuals, and creativity is a gift from God to be unearthed with patience. Finally, I foster their strengths above all else, instead of just working on their weaknesses.
This is because we all learn in different ways. I feel privileged to have been homeschooled, because it allowed me to focus on my strengths. Although most people are a mixture of all three, it is possible to learn at the piano in three different ways:
Visual - what does it look like? What does the pattern do?
Kinesthetic - how does it feel? What is the shape of this chord? How do we build strength and accuracy?
Auditory - What does it sound like? Where is the sound going?
What will piano lessons do for your child?
The possibilities are wide open.
Send me a message or call. I'd love to talk with you about lessons.