Each student is an individual with a unique personality, background, and way of thinking. Accordingly, every student has a unique voice to contribute to the world of music. I believe that my role as a teacher is to aid each student in the discernment of their passions, achievement of their aspirations, and discovery of their own distinctive voice. My studio provides a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment in which students are free to experiment with new ideas and grow both as musicians and as people. The skills I endeavor most to instill in my students are independent self-directed learning, critical thinking and self-reflection, and healthy musicianship.
I encourage all my students to be engaged in their own learning process to make them active participants in their personal learning and growth. I cultivate in my students a proficiency in critical thinking and reflection on their own playing. By also providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to identify issues and successfully overcome obstacles, students develop concrete problem-solving strategies and create a solid foundation on which to build and develop their unique individual sound.
I mold my approach to fit students’ unique styles of learning. Flexibility and open-mindedness to a diverse assortment of interpretations are critical skills for students in music, so I help my students explore a variety of new ways of thinking about concepts. All musicians are life-long learners, and I aim to cultivate this concept in my students. By encouraging students to explore their own thought processes and investigate new ideas and opinions, my students and I are able to work together to discover and share a diversity of understandings. Validation of students’ interpretations also helps to instill them with confidence that will further encourage self-directed learning.
In assigning repertoire, I begin by exposing students to the canon, then encourage building upon this foundation to include a wider array of musical styles and traditions. I believe that expansion of the repertoire and exposure to a more diverse range of genres will give my students a more thorough understanding of music and its relationship to society and culture. Healthy practice and performance drawing from the Alexander Technique and body mapping, as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle outside of music, are also fundamental issues I address.
I believe that the purpose of music education is to contribute to a fuller and deeper understanding of music and its impact on society and the world. Lessons aim to foster and build on students’ love of music in order to help them discover ways to use their skills and knowledge of the subject to inspire others and improve the world around them. My aim is to instill in my students a deeper understanding and appreciation of music, along with crucial skills in self-confidence and expression, critical thinking and problem-solving, diligence, independence, and self-directed learning.
My Teaching Philosophy: