My Teaching Style
Regardless of age, everyone is capable of engaging in some form of music study. It is never too early or too late to
begin taking music lessons, although pre-school children would benefit from a more general music approach rather than learning an instrument. For children ages 4 - 5, I would recommend piano as the instrument of choice, although learning to read music may or may not be the best approach at this age. Each student responds differently, so the appropriate methodology has to be determined on an individual basis.
For students ages 6 through 90, however, I begin exactly the same way- learning primarily with the same methodology. There are
many "adult" books out there, but I have found that both children and adults enjoy learning most when the lessons are easy to grasp and progress is rapid. It is encouraging and sets a strong foundation for more intermediate and advanced learning.
A strong foundation entails a balance of learning proper technique, an understanding of how music works (music theory), and
learning to read music. Classical Music is the most traditional approach for learning HOW to play the piano. It is strongly recommended that all students study classical music for at least one year, particularly with the piano.
Often additional songs and styles may be supplemented into the student's lesson curriculum (examples.... Broadway, Disney, TV Themes,
The Beatles, Billy Joel, etc.), however, I encourage the song choices should at least withstand the test of time, for often a student will spend a month learning a song that's #1 on the charts, and then by the time they've perfected it, they lose interest because it's no longer popular.
There are several students over the years that have expressed an interest in learning to write their own songs as well. I believe It is important to nurture that spark of creativity and will encourage and work with any student that would like to explore songwriting and composition.
Overall, what is most important to me as a teacher is that the student enjoys the process of learning, looks forward to each lesson and is enthusiastic and inspired.