I am flexible in what my students study although very traditional in pedagogy (progressive study). I like using chord study to help young musicians play music that may be beyond their level in method books. Learning to play the melody with chord accompaniment is a great way to play music you know and want to learn.
I especially enjoy finding the key to how my students learn. Is it reading notation, feeling the rhythm and meter, repetition, by ear? I think I am good at taking students where they are and progressing them through their learning style.
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I start with finding out what students already know about the piano and music. I then introduce the keyboard by black key patterns and finding key names. We get familiar with how your hand fits the keys in five note positions. First lessons introduce playing to a steady beat and how the beat is represented by notation.
I have my bachelor's degree in Music Education. Piano has been my primary instrument but I also play the flute and guitar. I've been a music teacher since 1987 in public schools as well as a private teacher. I have many certifications in multiple teaching methods, Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly, Choral Music and Musikgarten.
My private lessons are $24/30 minutes.
Group classes are $22/60 minutes.
I began teaching in the public schools as an elementary music specialist. After starting my family, I began teaching private lessons and working with young children in the preschool music setting.
I've taught music to children from preschool through middle school. My piano students are mostly elementary and middle school ages. I've worked with adult students on occasion and am happy to do so.
In December my professional teachers organization provided music to the patients of the Gwinnett Medical Rehab center. I went to fill the last hour of the day and was pleasantly surprised when many of the patients began singing along with the Christmas music I was playing during their dinner hour. It made the trip especially meaningful.
Playing the piano is a skill that really grows with practice. If you or your child wants to learn to play, practice is what makes the difference between plucking keys and playing music which you can really enjoy.
Do I have time to invest in learning?
Is this an instrument I really want to play and get good at?
Do I want to learn a few songs, to read music, to play by ear?
What are my goals? Can I stick with it if it seems difficult? (There's always a learning curve)