Teaching Methods and Philosophy

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” – Ludwig van Beethoven.

I employ a structured approach incorporating several established piano methods into a well-rounded, fun and disciplined system with heavy focus on sight-reading and theory, as well as improvisation, technique, transposition, and ear training. Scales and chords are taught by rote.

I assign A Dozen a Day to the youngest students. As students progress through the early level books, we also use corresponding technique books eventually moving towards 4 octave scales and arpeggios.

For lesson work and theory study I use Alfred’s Premier Piano Series for 1st and 2nd year students, switching to Faber and Faber’s Piano Adventures in 3rd year.  I supplement with songs and pieces coming from a multitude of resources.

Transfer students are always unique but often a transfer student’s parents are looking for a more disciplined approach. I take into consideration the child’s previous training to make the transition to proper reading and technique as seamless as possible for them.