When I began teaching piano lessons in Virginia Beach in 2015, my mission from the very start was to provide students with an alternative to the stuffy and archaic lessons that I'd received there as a kid. Since beginning my teaching practice in New Orleans, little has changed.
What Sets my Piano Lessons Apart?
When I was a kid, I was taught piano by teachers who used the Faber method. For the uninitiated, the Faber method is a series of booklets full of nursery rhymes and short, made-up melodies geared almost entirely around reading music in short tunes. I can't say I was a fan. As a kid, the Faber method struck me as uninspired and boring. As an adult, I find it repulsive. Why would we teach children to read music before they know the first thing about playing it?
Lessons with me always center around the music that inspires my students to play, and I think it's safe to say that few students after about 1890 had much of a desire to learn "Mary Had a Little Lamb." While I will periodically use pages from different methods to teach my students specific concepts, I personalize lessons for everyone I teach based off of the songs and styles they want to learn, and then use those interests to spin off into technique fundamentals, music theory, and concepts that they can use to play and write their own music. What I've found with this approach is my students are excited for every lesson and have the motivation to practice and improve every week. (It also makes them a blast to teach!)
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