My mission as a piano instructor is to infuse my love of music and my passion for piano into my students. I am very careful in my technical approach, but I also am realistic about the various goals of my students. I work with children and adults, beginner, intermediate, and advanced students, and teach classical, jazz, theory, composition, improvisation, memorization techniques, and playing by ear. For the students who are interested, structural and harmonic analysis of their pieces are provided, and creative ways to understand musical structures are employed. This facilitates comprehension and faster learning. My students would describe me as patient, kind, thorough, and creative. My students are motivated using positive reinforcement, the setting of realistic goals, and the specific means to achieve them. Students are given a carefully written weekly plan, and weekly interface with parents occurs, to clarify goals. For the younger students, this is often the first time there has been an expectation of them to commit. Many of my students have stayed with me over five years. Students who desire can participate in recitals.
Amazing experience. Very enthusiastic about her work and has the skills and vision to teach you music theory and much more no matter what you plan to do with your musical knowledge.
She was very knowledgeable and passionate about music and wanted to pass that love on. My problem was that I didn't have the time nor energy to practice as much as it requires. I heard several of her younger students who were absolutely amazing though and she was so proud of them!
Mrs. Anne Vollink is a wonderful teacher. My children have benefited immensely. They have not only grown in musical skill but more importantly in their enjoyment and appreciation of music and art. Mrs. Anne Vollink takes her time with the students, showing her commitment and caring for her students to learn and develop.
Anne is the essence of a true teacher and mentor. Speaking as a current piano instructor with a music education background myself, I could not have found a better match. She is very well-versed in classical piano as well as jazz and improvisation. There is a richness and depth to her teaching that allows one to understand complex theoretical constructs in music at a collegiate level without it feeling dry or overwhelming. Rather, she is playful, expressive, patient, and creates new ways for one to grow as a pianist. She invests in you as an artist and as a person, nurturing the soul in a way that brings excitement and a yearning for more. Music has been my passion for many years, and it has been hard to find a piano teacher that brings music to life. Anne is IT!!
The student and I discuss the objective of piano study. Is this for fun? Do they wish to perform? Do they have an audition coming up? Are they going to major in music in college? Do they want to learn music theory? Do they want to compose? Do they like classical music, or jazz, or worship music? Have they had prior experience? If so, what was it? How old is the student? Does the student have special gifts and/or challenges? Does the home environment support the process of learning piano? Once objectives are established, means and methods can be established. All students are given precise instruction (written, oral, demonstration, and some video.) The pacing is contingent upon precisely observed weekly progress.
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My students enroll by the semester. I commit fully to them, and it must be reciprocal. Lessons are priced approximately as follows:
The love of sharing knowledge emerged while I was very young. l started tutoring reading to special children when I was in grade school! I was hired by a local studio when I was 16 years old to teach piano, and since that time, my love of education, music, art, and people has caused me to center much of my work around it.
I have worked with extremely serious and competitive, highly talented students as well as children with special physical and/or psychological needs. Most of my students are children whose wise parents recognize the value of music education to the life of a child, as multiple studies demonstrate there is great value in music education. Studies demonstrate that learning a musical instrument increases intelligence, social confidence, abstract reasoning, discipline, concentration, and college readiness. Many of the children who are my students are not going to become professional musicians, but will study and play piano as part of a well rounded education. My students range from very young (around age 5) to past retirement age. My studio is an international place, with people from many countries coming to me.
The students went to the M. D. Anderson Rotary House for an annual recital. They enjoyed playing beautiful music for their family and friends, as well as the cancer patients and their families passing by. Also, last year, we had a fabulous Holiday Baking Extravaganza at my house, and we baked over 300 cupcakes for students, families, our police, the fire department, and a church. It was great fun and a great mess was made by all.
After the student establishes that the teacher can help fulfill their mission to learn piano, (is the teacher skilled, committed, educated, experienced, cordial, reliable...?) then they should trust their natural instincts about the teacher, and throw themselve into the process with joy.
Do I want to learn piano enough to spend time 5 days out of 7 pursuing this? Do I have a serviceable and tuned piano, or fully weighted 88 keyboard with pedal jack and touch sensitivity? Is the teacher within a reasonable drive? (In the Houston Metroplex, this is a determining factor.) Is the studio happy, clean, safe, and well equipped? Is the studio acoustically private? Will I listen to a million other people playing and not be able to concentrate? Is the teacher focused? Does he or she have a plan and enough experience to help me reach my goals? Can I afford the tuition? Will I attend as scheduled? Can I grow with this teacher?