Students learn technique, theory, repertoire, improvisation, composition, and music history. I teach a variety of genres including classical, jazz/blues, and contemporary. Lesson material is chosen based on a student’s learning style and pace, and reasons for taking lessons. Students wanting a recreational approach to playing the piano are introduced to a large selection of repertoire, with an emphasis on enjoying the process of making music without the stress of exams. Students looking for a more rigorous, exam based curriculum study the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum and can take exams to independently evaluate their progress if they choose.
The current necessity of on-line learning presents some challenges but I have several years of distance teaching experience and present students with a variety of solutions and opportunities to master their pieces. The majority of students do well with on-line lessons. For those who find it more challenging, a bit of parental support goes a long way in keeping students focused and progressing.
When possible, recitals are held at twice per year. Recitals are not mandatory and memorization is not required. Many first time performers choose to do duets with me or a parent before venturing into solo performance. A variety of on-line performance options are presented to give students the opportunity to showcase their hard work and progress throughout the year.
I offer 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons. Beginning students generally do well with 30 minute lessons. By the second year of study many students are ready for 45 minute sessions. Late intermediate and higher level students require 60 minute lessons in order to cover all assigned material.