I am a classically-trained Gospel & Christian Contemporary keyboardist. I was also a high school music teacher for 12 years and a church music director for 8 years.
I believe that music is best learned the way we learn language as a child—by listening, allowing our brains to connect the dots, and developing skills through exploration, repetition, and interaction.
I also believe that fulfillment in music-making is best found in understanding what we are hearing and being able to reproduce that sound. While I can read music, I do not believe it practical or necessary for most people who want to play on a recreational basis.
My primary focu...