Philosophy

Students should love the music they’re learning.  Each student’s books and pieces are tailored to their individual needs based on age, learning speed and musical tastes. Students also vary in their strongest natural learning styles.  Visual learners learn best by seeing and looking, Auditory Learners by hearing and listening and Kinesthetic Learners by touching and doing.  Learning to play the piano should incorporate learning to read by note, by ear and by improvisation, so that every student’s natural gifts have a chance to flourish and shine. Conversely, as their natural weaknesses become apparent, we target and strengthen them.

How Does it Work?

Starting in our first lesson together, we will begin the first steps of learning to read by note, chord symbol and ear.  As Written is the most traditional method of the three. In this method you learn to read the notes and rhythms exactly as they are written on the page.  In the Chord Symbols component, we learn how to play and read chords and chord progressions.  This is a more free-form style of playing, that still incorporates reading music to a degree, but is more focused on improvisation and creating your own arrangement of a piece.  (Most pop, rock, jazz, blues, worship and other similar styles are written and understood best in this way.)  In Ear Training, the student will learn to play music entirely by listening to it: no reading involved.  

The End Result

My goal for every student is proficiency at reading any type of sheet music, improvising in a variety of musical styles and learning any song just by listening to it.  This creates a well-rounded musician capable of sitting down to play with anyone in virtually any style with ease.