Teaching Philosophy

To be able to play an instrument is a joy.  My responsibility as a teacher is to unveil the concepts of music that will give students the ability to play well in their selected style and enjoy it.  I believe in meeting students where they are, teaching them in the way they learn best, and helping them have fun with music.  In doing so, I like to give them a taste of many different genres of music, including classical, jazz, pop, hymns, as well as training in skills such as accompanying, improvisation, ensemble, theory, and ear training. 

I am concerned not only with teaching music but also with developing the whole child. I want to give the student life skills that can carry over into any part of their life, such as the ability to focus, problem-solving skills, self-discipline, increased attention span, listening skills, determination to attempt difficult things, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, memorization, creativity, confidence, self expression, poise, and self-esteem. My goal is for everystudent to have an understanding of music so that he will be able to pick up a new piece, learn it on his own, and enjoy playing it.

To enjoy music is very important.  Without enjoyment, it is very difficult to learn.  Teaching students is an honor and privilege, and it brings me great joy in life.

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