Music connects us. It brings us together like nothing else. Music not only connects us to our own experiences but also to the experiences of others. It connects us to our emotions. It helps us to convey messages and express whatever it is we are feeling. Music brings relief. Music heals. Music sets the atmosphere. Music is pure magic.
My first experience with music was in 3rd grade when I began to learn to play violin. It was here where I first started to learn to read music. I began studying classical piano privately at the age of 12 and continued my studies consistently for 8 years. I later experimented with a bit of jazz piano. Overall my musical journey has been a joyous, challenging, fun, exciting, educational, and rewarding journey. Still a student of music, I transfer my love of music through teaching others to love music and the experience it brings through the playing of an instrument – the piano.
The basic method of instruction in my studio is the weekly private in-studio or online lesson, enhanced by video exchanges, games, written assignments, and performance opportunities. Each week time is spent on technical exercises, fingering, sight-reading, theory assignments, improvisation/composition activities, and polishing repertoire. Repertoire includes various works from the different musical eras (i.e. the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque Age, Classical Period, Romantic Era, and Twentieth Century) but is mostly driven by the desire and goal of each student. Students are encouraged to memorize and polish pieces to performance.
For preschoolers, time is spent on songs, rhymes, games, math and imaginative activities to keep your child engaged. Musical excerpts and keyboard activities, clapping rhythms, identifying correct finger usage and increasing keyboard awareness are also areas of focus with my preschoolers.
To help nurture student originality and grow the imagination emphasis is placed on improvisation and composition activities. This will allow students to apply theory learned to develop their own musical genius and creativity.
Students and parents should be aware of the importance of practice. Practice determines the students’ success as a musician. Parents of young students should be involved in their child’s musical education and development. Tips are provided to educate you on how to best work with your preschooler or young beginnger. Feedback is also provided regularly to help improve the students’ performance and creative ability.
Music study contributes to our personal growth and benefits everyone no matter the age. My studio is open to the preschooler ages 3-5 and the beginner student, age 5 to adult.