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By Lisa F. - Tampa Piano Teacher
Through years of research, it is a well researched conclusion that studying piano increases intelligence. Everything from higher math and reading scores to increasing IQ's has been studied, put to the test via the scientific method and positively proven. Simply put, students who take music lessons do better in overall school performance. It is also well known that music influences mood. Think about all the emotions you had the last time you watched a movie and experienced the effects of the so-called "background music".
Yet, music has a function that is far greater than positively impacting academic performance or setting the mood. Music can actually be used to change an emotional state from a negative one to a positive one. I have had many experiences witnessing this phenomenon. During the 1990's, I worked in several mental health facilities in Florida that served both inpatient and outpatient populations while also continuing to work as a part-time piano instructor teaching piano lessons in Tampa. My duties included leading both music therapy and psychotherapy individual and group sessions.
Using piano music via patient participation, I was able to help schizophrenic patients comply with taking medication and clinically depressed patients become stable and feel happier even when other traditional therapies failed! Listening to, singing and/or performing sad pieces of music then gradually playing happier music results in changing mood from that of sad to happy. It is amazing to witness and even more awesome to experience such changes in mood.
If playing piano music can be used to help chronically mentally ill patients function at a higher level, imagine the possibilities of what performing music can do for you! Sign up for piano lessons in Tampa today!
My teaching style is very personable and friendly yet serious about results. Curriculum can be tailored to the student.For piano students I am currently using the Alfred's basic piano library series. Students can expect to progress to the next level within a 3 to 6 month period depending on student’s dedication. Reading, theory, and technique will all improve and grow at the same rate. My philosophy is that instruction should take a learners knowledge of music beyond the instrument.
Students will experience a full music theory and reading music notation. For beginners, teacher will choose book based upon the student age and ability and parents will pay for the instructional book. For advanced students, If you have books already, we can work out of them or I can recommend an advanced book for you.
I teach piano at the beginning and intermediate levels. I use the Faber Series for all levels.
Ill teach notes, chords and how to read music. All the basics anyone needs to learn to play.
Lessons and curriculem are tailored to the students abilities and interests. Traditional note reading and/or chord chart playing, classical or popular music with improvisation skills can be pursued.
However, beginners should understand that there are skills everyone needs to begin with to progress. I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels.
Most of my students pursue piano for their own enjoyment or for ensemble,church and social gatherings. However, because of 2 years of piano study at the University level, I am very comfortable with those who wish to prepare for competition and advanced study.
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