Music is a gift to be shared and enjoyed. I believe that everyone can learn and enjoy music! Learning to play music may not always be easy, but if one is willing to invest the time and effort necessary, playing music is very rewarding. That being the case, it is up to the student to invest time outside of the lesson---the effort put into learning an instrument is measured by the success achieved.
My role as a teacher is of facilitator; I guide my students to discover things on their own through careful questioning and demonstration. Not all students learn in the same way, so I tailor my teaching approach to each individual. However, all students will still learn proper technique and how to read music. Aural training and music theory will also be integrated into the students' learning. Students will also learn a wide variety of music, including popular, classical, and folk. Opportunities for performance will be offered, as performing is one great way of sharing this gift of music.
Parents are extremely important to young musicians! I encourage all parents to come to lessons with their child and sit in on the lesson as much as possible. However, older students need to feel independent and may prefer their parents to wait outside the lesson. If it is impossible for a parent to attend lessons, then parents need to frequently inquire into their child's learning and have open communication with me as their child's teacher.