It is an established fact that music not only has expressive and therapeutic value, but that playing a musical instrument improves academic scores.
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I am qualified to teach students of all ages (preschool through adult) and at all levels (beginner through advanced).
Young children (4 – 5 years old) enjoy exploring musical concepts, the keyboard and piano technique, laying the foundation for future learning. Depending on the concentration span and developmental level of the child, I usually recommend a 20 minute lesson.
From 5 years and older, lessons can vary in length from 20 minutes to an hour. Depending on the student’s age, interests, personality and learning style, I use a variety of piano method books, sometimes more than one at a time, as well as supplemental material. Theoretical knowledge is an integral part of learning to play the piano and all students have workbooks, regardless of age. Students have the option to simply ‘play for fun’, but I encourage them to participate in piano recitals and set goals such as entering for the South Carolina Achievement Day or Music Development Program assessments.
I encourage adults regardless of whether they have had previous training to reach their musical goals. It may be playing for enjoyment only, aiming for performance standards or simply brushing up their skills. Every lesson will be tailored to fulfill the needs of each individual student.
“The primary purpose of Achievement Day is to encourage and support the systematic musical growth of all students. Other purposes include: enhancement of student motivation; providing goals for students and teachers; having a good preparation tool for the District Auditions; and allowing students to see that they are part of a large musical ‘family’.”
Students are judged on the following four categories:
Adjudicators score each category by allocating points for which different color ribbons are earned. Students accumulate points every time they enter and are awarded Crescendo Trophies.
A designated number of students are selected by each judge to perform at an honors recital.
As one of your older students, I certainly appreciate your patience with me. To be able to make music at my age is amazing. I never thought I could do this!Helene L>
Thank you for the love of piano and music generally that you are helping grow and instill in Clara. It is amazing to see her channel her energy into the keyboard. I did not realize how tenacious she could be. Piano is bringing out her best! Lenna K.
We feel very fortunate that Blythe can learn to love music and piano from you. He actually looks forward to his lessons now! He enjoys giving us mini-concerts. His grandparents are very impressed. LOL!
Warmly, Jessie B.