I taylor each lesson to the individual student, meeting them at their level of ability and confidence and pushing them to go the next step. I don't rely on the same lesson series for everyone; especially with 2 children from the same family, I like to vary the music options. To that end, I also supplement with music to fit the occasion, be it Halloween (always a great recital!) or Christmas or a student's favorite song or classical selection.
I am a piano teacher, meaning my only teaching tool is the piano. Many teachers use computer games and apps to support their lessons. That's something I won't do; no electronic distractions here. Music theory is part of every lesson, but performance is my goal.
In the past I have offered up to 6 performance opportunities a year. I am fortunate now to be active with the Frederick Music Teachers Association, which sponsors recitals throughoug the year. I also arrange a formal Spring Recital each year. Participation in recitals is always encouraged, but never required. I talk about the benefits of performing on a separate blogpost.
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I love the enthusiasm of a young child playing a melody and getting it right. He'll play it over and over, so proud of his accomplishment. And the thrill experienced by the parents when their children perform in talent shows and recitals. I love the aha moment when an adult student makes the link between fingering, phrasing, and a satisfactory passage.
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