I get asked this question occasionally, so I felt I should write a formal response. The caveat is that there’s only so much from reading someone’s thoughts or even having a conversation. When you’re near the end of your interview process, I strongly suggest getting into the nuts and bolts by scheduling a trial lesson. Both teacher and student should be comfortable before beginning what could be years of cooperative learning.
Piano Teaching Philosophy
I believe that art and music are important to the education and enrichment of the lives of children and adults alike.
Piano lessons are expensive, so they should be undertaken with a commitment to get the most out of them, for the time that they’re pursued.
Learning to play the piano should be fun, though it’s not easy. Proper technique, good rhythm, and sight-reading are necessary through all stages of learning. Music theory and ear training are also important to round out all of the concepts learned at the keyboard.
Each student has his/her own needs, and I accommodate those as part of the learning process. Some pursue piano just for recreation and enjoyment, others like the rush that comes with scoring high at a music festival. Lesson plans are tailored to the student’s goals and ability.
The process is as important as the final result. Learning how to break down a new piece of music and put it back together, and then doing it all over again, is what inspires me. Humility comes from realizing that there never will be a perfect performance. There is always an opportunity to learn something new from a great composer!