In creating a teaching philosophy statement, it was imperative that I take into consideration the permeability shared by all students. I make it a priority, especially with young children, to create a caring, supportive and enjoyable atmosphere and to demonstrate this through my attributes as a teacher. Although each student may have a unique learning style, I maintain certain priorities for each student and hope they will all learn the same musical concepts and general life lessons. My goal, for every student, is to become a well-rounded musician. I have the responsibility to facilitate through my teaching, the following principles:
To be, first and foremost, engaged joyfully in the material so that the student can absorb this energy and enthusiasm for the subject at hand.
To provide students the tools and directed freedom to express their unique creative voices and eventually, the ability to make informed decisions on their own accord
To examine each student uniquely, assessing when to challenge them and thus strive towards excellence.
To demonstrate physically comfortable and correct ways of playing the piano so that their playing will be of ease and no physical tension will be present. Also, to connect this kinesthetic feeling acutely to the ear.
To patiently acknowledge the necessity to listen to students express their energies through communication, while still maintaining focus in the lesson.
To be attentive in discovering each student’s unique demeanor and work to create a trusting bond between student and teacher. Furthermore, I will empathetically recognize each student's learning pace and style.
To encourage the student through specific, positive criticism.
To seek to develop in my students a healthy, positive and confident relationship with the piano.
To demonstrate music with energy and character, with the intent of sustaining a student's attention and creating an excitement within, that they aspire to emulate.
To impart an understanding that discipline, hard work and passion produce successful results. This can be accomplished by unearthing one’s own personal motivation, not that of an external source.
I will ask questions of my students with the purpose of creating critical thinking and analytical skills and opinions.
The confidence to believe in one’s ability and the know-how to teach and lead others
To cultivate fine aural abilities including: audiation, through singing together and ear training exercises.
To cultivate rhythmic embodiment and fluidity through movement together, at and away from the piano.
A keen technical facility with the goal of servicing the music.