I would also like to share a little of what philosophy guides my work as a piano teacher. I break down my teaching philosophy into two general areas: the expressive and the technical. First and foremost, the student learns to play piano in order to express themselves and to be able to communicate in their own unique voice. Therefore I feel it imperative that the student be able to think independently and ultimately gain the ability to analyze music on their own. The student should not learn to play a work of music as others might play it, but instead how they feel it inside of themselves. I strive to spark the imagination of the student in their work and to connect it with their own life’s experience.
At the same time, the student must follow a strict technical training in order to obtain the ability to play freely and expressively. I work at molding the student’s physical control of the instrument in order to develop a sensitivity for the variety of different touches that each musical style requires. The student should develop as much of a natural feel to their playing as possible, and that can only be achieved through a regimen of etudes, scales and pieces of music appropriate to their level of playing.
My studio recitals take place twice a year in the fantastic recital hall of the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View.
Most of my students take the exam given by the Royal Academy of Music for their own reassurance and confidence about learning their instrument. The exam is very extensive and includes knowledge of theory, scales, sight reading and aural training. I encourage all my students to take this exam, which is a great opportunity to strive for comprehensive music development. There are eight different levels, plus you can take a diploma exam after the last level.