I am a retired Delaware music educator with a Master's degree in music education and 20 years of teaching experience in the classroom. Helping others reach their goals is my priority, and I have been doing that since I started teaching piano as an undergraduate student, majoring in music education!
It's important to me to make lessons stress-free and fun, yet full of information, tips, and basic knowledge. The fun part for me is when I see the "light come on" and the student "gets it".
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New students wtih no experience are eager to learn, so they will be playing a few simple "songs" by the end of the first session. This is a whole new experience, so they're excited!
Depending on their age, students who have some prior experience may have specific goals in mind, so it is important that I understand what those are and check to see what they know to determine how I can best help them move forward.
Every student is different, with different challenges and strengths. It is my job to do all I can to help them learn.
I hold a Master's degree in music education, and have complete more than 45 credits in post graduate studies in music education with a focus in piano.
I first started teaching while earning my bachelor's degree when 2 music professors asked me to teach their own children!
When I was teaching music in public schools, I taught in one school that had 6 special education classrooms of children ages 6-21 with challenges ranging from those who were in wheelchairs or hearing impaired, to those who were mentally challenged.
Here in the studio, I have worked with children who are blind, hearing impaired, autistic, and numerous other physical or mental challenges.
One of the most memorable moments in teaching (and there have been many) is when I was listening to a 6 year old, playing "Silent Night", reflecting over what her mother had shared with me. This child had survived a rare form of stomach cancer when she was a toddler....and here she was learning how to play "Silent Night" so she could play it for her family. It was humbling.
There are countless people who claim they "teach piano" but really have absolutely no training nor knowledge on how to teach. Ask about their education, training, and teaching experience before you hire! I inherit LOTS of students who started with those "teachers" and when they switch to me, the look on their face says it all. It takes time to undo the damage caused by someone who is not qualified.
What kind of music would do you love to listen to? Do you have any goals?