Thoughts on Teaching....

- beginners require the most care and experience to teach  -  good habits learned early will take a student far....bad habits are VERY difficult to unlearn and often aren't visible until a student is either injured by repetitive, ingrained habits or reaches the point where the habits actually make more advanced playing impossible.  If possible, DON'T skimp on your child's first teacher!

- I aim to help students become independent, well-rounded musicians who are proficient at reading, writing, listening and creativity/improvisation at the piano.  Each lesson is built on teaching & reinforcing visual (reading, analysis), auditory (ear training & improvisation) and physical/technical development (muscular and body-awareness through "warmup" and "technique" exercises)

- most performance anxiety issues can be prevented or minimized.  My students are offered several small "performance workshops" each year where they can perform in the studio environment with just the other students there as audience.  Here they can hone their performance skills - approaching/leaving the piano and accepting applause, maintaining and regaining focus, how to handle playing slips - all in a fun, friendly and familiar environment.   By the time the year-end recital rolls around and we move to a larger, unfamiliar venue and audience,  they're familiar with the other students which provides 

reassurance and support.   I change only one factor at a time, and have NEVER had a student panic and "melt down" during a recital or playing exam (our recitals are held in the same venue I encourage candidates to do their RCM exams at).   This good recital performance experience is always followed by our also-traditional "pot-luck reception"....usually including yummies like 2-bite brownies and fruit to name just a couple.  What a great way to cap off a successful year-end experience!