I love the a-ha moments! So, in whatever I teach, the aim is to have as many of those moments as possible. Where there is light, there can be no darkness. :)
I've taught piano to every level, from pre-K to retired professors, for over 30 years. Plus, I've performed internationally for almost 40 years. Since 1985, due to my interest in preventing and stopping painful piano experiences, I've studied ergonomics, kinesiology, and physics in relation to piano technique. I even achieved 4 degrees in music! As a result, my teaching style stems from years of experience and research.
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I took Dr. Shipman's Aural Comprehension course in college, and to this day it is the most valuable (and my favorite) course that I've ever taken as a musician. Training our ears is critical to musical development, and her methods of training the ear to identify single or multiple intervals, as well as chords and chord progressions were vital in my growth as a musician, and to this day help me with similar skills such as transposing and even sight-singing. I wouldn't be the musician I am today without her guidance!
Katherine is one of the most inspiring teachers I've ever had. 10 years later and I still reference her lessons. If you're looking for a boring lecture with no real life application, this is NOT your guide. Thanks for the musical lessons and the life lessons. There are some people that leave a mark on your heart. She is one of them.
She was friendly, clear, and demanding. She always had clear and high expectations. Sometimes I thought there was no way that I would be able to reach those expectations, but Dr. S was always there to provide additional support, and encouragement. It was so refreshing to be working with someone who demanded the best from me. It changed my life and I am a better person and musician for it.
I was a big flop at Music Theory when I started. They tried to give me the placement test, and I was like -- but seriously, if I don't know any of this, can I just leave and you put me in the lowest level you've got? Cue Dr. Shipman. She took something I knew little about, and made it fun. She was engaging and exciting; very tough but also very fair. I enjoyed learning from her every class -- so much I came back for a second semester with her. She found nontraditional ways to approach the traditional, and I still find myself clapping a contra beat every once in a while years later. Thanks, Dr. S, for being such a big part of my college experience. <3
First, I like to chat with the student and listen to him/her play to make sure it's a good fit. This way, we can ensure a truly productive and fun experience for all. At the initial discussion, we figure out what works well and what could use some improvement. From there, we plan out our lessons. Pretty simple, but it works! ;)