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Hello! My name is Kayla and I've been teaching piano lessons for 5 years. I use different curriculum for each grade level but I mostly stick to the Piano Lessons series by James Bastien. I started playing piano almost 15 years ago using the James Bastien books to start and feel that the curriculum is informative and provides one of the best basic, beginner exercises for piano technique and understanding.
My goal is to make sure that each student is comfortable at the piano and with me as their teacher, as well as to make sure that have a basic understanding of music theory, piano technique, and music reading.
My teaching philosophy is students first. I want people to be able to fulfill their passion of creating beautiful music and acquire a new and very important skill. I order to do that I think students must feel comfortable with their teacher, especially when looking to them for guidance. My style is fairly laid back, I like to make my lessons fun and enjoyable but I do
teach basic piano technique and performance for children all levels and ages.
I have over 20 years of experience playing as a professional musician. I teach students piano performance techniques for classical and jazz. Students are taught how to read music, chord and scale theory, improvisation, and how to play by ear.
My goal as an instructor is to provide my students with an opportunity to discover their own musical potentials. From breaking the ice from playing for the very first time, to perfecting even the most structured and difficult pieces, I feel there are no limits. I feel comfortable teaching in any genre and always tailor my classes to match my students own individual learning style.
In my lessons, I highlight important principles right from the start, such as posture, proper fingering, and rhythm training, to ensure no bad habits form that later are hard to break. As we become more confident in our playing, we transfer some of the traits contained within us. Those traits become the character and style of our "musical speech," which will help to define us as musicians. I recommend books and provide sheet music when we start learning songs. Learning music with me has been said by many of my students as, "the most fun they have ever had playing music."
I am a Music Graduate from the University of North Texas. I have been teaching for 25 years. I teach piano to be fun for the student. Learning songs they enjoy (any style, not just classical). Learn basic reading and technique along the way. Keep them inspired by making lessons fun!
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