I have been teaching piano for over 25 years, and I love the process of children learning to enjoy playing piano. I want my students to be as passionate about learning music as I am, and have as much fun playing as I do teaching. I have a variety of approaches that I use for the different learning styles I see in my students. Since it is a private lesson, I customize instruction for each student. I also enjoy using the latest technologies to make learning fun. My website is www.cwelner.com .
Mrs. Welner teaches my daughters with patience and expertise. They have learned a great deal and love music thanks to her influence.
At the first lesson, we explore the piano keyboard and the different sounds it makes. We discuss high sounds and low sounds, and going up and down the piano. We work on correct posture and hand position, and learn several songs by rote. If there is time, we discuss rhythm and counting.
I have taught piano, keyboard and music theory for over 30 years. I studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and at York University School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. I am a RCM certified teacher, specializing in elementary piano education.
Lessons are $45 for 45 minutes of private instruction and an optional additional 15-30 minutes of online music appreciation and theory games.
I began teaching while I was in university studying music. I had planned to study music arranging, but discovered a passion and gift for piano education, which changed the course of my studies.
I have worked with adults, children, gifted students, special needs students.
I had a student who had problems with motor coordination. He worked very hard and managed to become a decent pianist, doing quite well in the Arizona Study Program.
Talk to the teacher, either on the phone or in person. Make sure there is a personal connection. You can't tell how well you or your child will connect with a teacher by reading a website, and without the personal connection, lessons may not be succesful.
Am I willing to practice every day? Will I take this as seriously as other academic subjects? Am I ready to commit to many years of study and practice?
Students who stick with their music studies will never regret it. 100% of the adults I've spoken to who quit when they were children say they wish they hadn't.