I offer piano lessons to all ages and levels. As of March 2020 I now offer FaceTime/Zoom lessons as part of social distancing recommendations. I hope to offer in-person lessons in spring 2021.
I also offer composition lessons and music theory tutoring, including instruction in using notation software.
I enjoy working in a variety of musical styles - and learning styles! I can create a curriculum that is tailored to a student‘s specific interests with favorite songs and improv, for example. I can also set goals for a student who wants to prepare for ABRSM exams or other auditions and competitions.
I also enjoy working with adult students, beginners or otherwise.
You can learn more about me at www.kathrynwoodard.com
I enjoy watching a student’s face light up when they learn something new, accomplish a goal, or discover the musical ability they didn’t know they had.
My kids started taking piano lessons with Kathryn a couple years ago. They have different learning styles and were at different levels but Kathryn could identify what they need to work on and engage them quickly. We observed noticeable improvement in their skills and sight reading after just a few weeks. The online piano and theory lessons are equally engaging and my kids are enjoying the classes as usual and showing amazing progress.
Our two boys have been taking lessons for several years with her now and have made great progress. More importantly they like going to lesson and always have great stories when they come back.
I get personalized attention during lessons. Kathryn makes me feel at ease and confident to tackle new pieces with new technical elements. My technique, sight reading, and sound have improved since I started taking lessons with Belgrade Music.
In a first lesson I like to know what the student has already played and what methods or other books they are familiar with. It doesn’t matter what these are. It just gives me an idea of prior knowledge and skill level. I then try to identify a new piece that the student will enjoy working on but that takes them beyond their comfort level in some way. If the student is a complete beginner then I go through a few steps to ascertain learning style and reading level in order to choose an appropriate method book.
I have multiple degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from major conservatories (BM, MM, DMA) I have taught lessons for about 30 years and have pursued a number of different research projects related to teaching. I have also completed a variety of professional development courses that continually change my teaching approach.
I give the student the option to pay a monthly tuition with a specific make-up policy or to pay for each individual lesson at a slightly higher rate. The first trial lesson is always FREE
I enjoy going to all kinds of concerts that Philly has to offer!
Are you willing to locate and purchase an instrument to practice on?
Are you adept at motivating yourself to practice?
Are you adept at motivating your child to practice?
Sometimes the biggest hindrance to a student’s progress is a conflict between parents, the student and the teacher as to what learning goals and outcomes should be. Are you willing to communicate and negotiate these goals in order to benefit your child’s progress at the piano?