Teaching Philosophies

Music is the universal language available to us all.  Playing, listening and sharing music helps us to create a positive community around us.  Becoming a musician is one of the most fun and rewarding endeavors whether it be as a hobby or the dream of being a professional player.  It’s my goal to help students realize their potential, motivate them to keep working hard and share in the fun of discovering their instrument.

I enjoy working with students one on one because everyone learns differently, especially when it comes to learning a musical instrument.   Playing music combines physical and mental skills as we work to convey emotions through songs and tones.  Some students want to move quickly through songs and styles, while others prefer to take their time and learn at a pace that is comfortable for them.  It’s more important for students to go slow in the beginning and learn good technique then to rush and push themselves to excel too quickly.  It’s my job to coach students through the process of learning the basic musical skills necessary to learn and enjoy music on their own.  I am successful if a student makes music a part of his/her everyday life and commits to the process of learning and being patient with themselves.  I love when kids show the desire to perform in their community whether it be at church or forming a group on their own or show interest in studying music in college or beyond.  I support students at every level of development.

Practicing while taking lessons is an essential part of a student’s responsibility.  Since I see each student once a week in my private studio, it is very important that there is daily practice at home, no matter how busy the day is with homework or other activities.  Without practice, is it impossible to progress on a an instrument with any proficiency or play full songs or enjoy playing with others.   Basic skills can deteriorate very quick when practice dwindles and I often address this with parents or with an adult students as it becomes an issue.   It is not productive for a student to only play at their lesson.

When it comes to learning recording and audio production, the same philosophy applies.  Musicians can learn so much from from recording themselves and listening to their playing.  Learning the technical aspects of computer music and making music with digital software is incredibly fun, but requires the practice, focus and many hours to master the skills it takes to produce recordings as well as to develop a unique style and way of doing it.  I am constantly working on the process of practicing, writing and producing music and I am eager to share this life journey with my students.