My approach to teaching is generally a customized one. I create arrangements for students, based on their ability level, of the songs that they have always wanted to learn to play. Whether it be top 40, movie, tv show, or video game themes, each student's input is paramount when selecting repertoire. As a longtime member of the Music Teacher's National Association, I also teach the traditional classical approach and many of my students participate in the state exams and local events. I have been a teacher in the valley for 16 years getting my start doing live performances and promotions for elementsmusic, an after school enrichment program found valley wide.
"I first met Bjorn about 8 years ago when he started teaching my then 10 year old son. Fast forward to today, and as my son goes off to college, he is as gifted in piano as he is in alto saxophone, and I attribute Bjorn’s instructional style for keeping my son interested in playing both instruments concurrently. Bjorn has been a great teacher, mentor, and friend throughout the years, and I am very thankful for his tremendous influence in cultivating my son’s keyboard talent. I am completely amazed when I hear my son play so many piano pieces today – many without even looking at the sheet music anymore – and I can thank Bjorn Hanson for giving my son that musical gift."
“ Bjorn taught piano lessons to my son, Alex, for two years. The progress my 14-year old son made during those two years far exceeded any expectations I had. Alex had never taken piano lessons prior to taking lessons with Bjorn. He went from a complete beginner to someone who could master difficult pieces, including Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Bjorn constantly challenged Alex and customized lessons around his skill level. He had an abundance of music from which Alex could choose, yet was always open to Alex's own suggestions. By allowing my son to be part of the process, Alex had more incentive and motivation to practice and play. Bjorn pushed Alex to practice but was always sensitive to academic and other extracurricular obligations. He was extremely patient yet he had a subtle way of urging him to practice and become the best he could be. Taking piano lessons has definitely increased my son's love for and knowledge of music. It has even inspired him to learn how to play other instruments. I highly recommend Bjorn and my only regret is that he was not able relocate with us to Atlanta this summer! He will definitely be missed!"