In my studio we use drums or other instruments to learn and improve our understanding of rhythm and reading. We march, clap, dance etc. to a popular song to feel the beat. We have rewards, competitions and games to help motivate and learn.
I really love working with people (especially children) and seeing them learn and understand new concepts and skills. I get great satisfaction when a student "gets" something!
She is an amazing, patient teacher. My kids weren't too excited about piano to start but I really wanted them to have that skill. Now with basic skills under their belts, they are excited and loving it. I would recommend Connie to anyone looking for lessons!
She is an expert with her knowledge of music and she is kind. She has a love for music that shows through each of the lessons and is contagious, which is exactly what you want the kids to feel. Kids learn theory and skill in a fun way.
The first thing I like to do is meet with the student and get to know them, what they like to do etc. I like to find out what they know about music. What kind of music they like to listen to. And let them get to know me to see if it will be a good fit. This is where we would talk about expectations for both the student and the teacher. We would talk about studio policy and how a typical lesson would go.
I have made a habit of studying music throughput my life, I started taking piano lessons when I was in first grade. I have studied voice, harp, the organ and I still keep a goal of improving my own piano playing by taking classes etc.
Most recently I have completed the RCM elementary piano pedagogy course.
I charge for a half hour to 45 minute lesson once a week.
I taught music at an elementary school and there were students that would ask all the time if I would teach them how to play the piano. Between that and some children in my neighborhood asking me if I would teach them, I decided to teach piano.
I love working with beginners of all ages! I have worked with students that have taken for two or three years and some that have never had a music lesson in their life.
You can learn a lot just by talking to the teacher you are thinking about. If you can meet in person that is even better. You need to feel comfortable with your teacher. I think that is one of the most important things.
Expectations - how much practice time does the teacher recommend each day/week, will there be additional "homework", recitals or events to attend
Lessons - how long, what goes on in a typical lesson, will you be expected to learn new pieces on your own or will the teacher guide you through first