I bring a great deal of patience and understanding to lessons. My philosophy is that if the student is not in control of the pace of learning that they will quickly lose interest and even resent the instrument or subject. I also strongly believe that students must be enjoying their lessons or they will struggle to learn. I will try to help students pace their lessons to their satisfaction and choose material which will help them enjoy learning how to play their instrument. As a teacher, I try to encourage having joy in the journey of learning the instrument and learning the material.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am fairly laid back in my teaching style. I use the Alfred Piano Basics series, though I've also got some experience with the Piano Town series. For beginning voice students, I use Jay Althouse's "Folk Songs for Solo Singers" series.
After 3-6 months after beginning lessons with me, students should see that they have a handful of songs in their repertoire. They will also have more confidence in their skills and in their abilities to set goals and measure their progress. In addition, students will be able to see a significant improvement in their technique.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I would require the student to have a piano for piano lessons. I would provide a CD player if necessary for voice students. If a student would like to record a lesson, I can bring my computer, record the lesson, and provide them with a digital copy if they would like.
*** Specialties ***
I am a classical pianist and singer. I have some minor experience with the more classical Broadway musical styles (such as those utilized in "The Sound of Music" or "Carousel"), but I have no experience with the distinct Broadway styles used in more modern musicals.
I have really enjoyed my lessons so far. It's fun to learn in my own home. Rachel is professional and fun at the same time.