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For beginners only with no knowledge of the instrument whatsoever.
My lesson plans are designed to be musical and fun. I want my students to understand the language of the music by studying their favorite bands, reading music, and understanding the theory behind it. I have a strategy for everyone starting from beginner, intermediate, to advanced. I remember playing s piano for the first time and what a struggle it was to play my favorite songs. There is a method for achieving these goals and it is different for everyone. The one thing that will allow you to succeed is having a desire to learn and a passion for music. If you have those two things then I can direct you to the right path to achieve your musical goals!
Twenty years of experience working with students of all levels and ages has shaped me into the teacher I am today. Although I do tailor my sessions to suit the individual student, here are some expectations you can have of me.
Beginning students up to age 11 typically begin with the Bastien method. This curriculum is great at introducing interval recognition. I supplement this with fun pieces from Alfred, where students can strengthen sight reading skills. Flashcards are also used as reinforcement.
Older kids and adults will begin with Alfred's adult course and progress quickly into independent playing.
For all ages - After the student has reached a level of more independent playing, the student/parent will help select the direction in which we progress.Classical music, composition, and popular music are just a few of the possibilities!
All lesson books and materials are provided by me and are included in the cost of lessons. Students are welcome to provide additional pieces
I have been teaching this subject for over 13 years. The main curriculum for beginners is Alfred's Basic Piano Library. There are three beginner levels (beginner, late, adult) and one will be selected after the first meeting. For non-beginning students, the course of study will be developed based on past experience, current abilities, and goals. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is a part of subsequent lessons. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
For young beginners, I teach out of the Faber Piano Adventures series and have had much success with students using those books. My students learn note-reading, rhythm, proper piano technique, scales, and they gain confidence in their abilities through a positive reinforcement. Young students get stickers for each completed assignment!
For older beginners, I use both the Alfred All-in-One Adult course or the Faber Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner, depending on the student's preferences and strengths.
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