I have been teaching private music lessons for over 20 years. Having studied under some amazing professionals throughout primary and secondary school, and then at Ohio University, I learned the value of positive reinforcement in music education. No two students are the same - nor do they learn the same way or at the same pace. Therefore, I make no comparisons from student to student. I structure each student’s program to his/her specific needs and talents. I believe in a well-rounded approach that includes music theory.
I am a full-time musician. In addition to teaching private piano, guitar and ukulele lessons I am a church choir director and praise-and-worship band leader.
My students range in age from 4 to over 80.
If the times in my availability calendar don’t work for you, please send me a message and we will find a time that works!
Learning music should be fun and enjoyable, so I am all about patience and positive reinforcement. I'm not heavy-handed, and I believe that no 2 students learn exactly the same way. What works for one student may not work for another.
So while I do use a standard "curriculum", the pace at which we go, and the emphasis I place on certain skills will vary from student to student.
The important thing to remember is that all I am able to do as a teacher - and, indeed any teacher - is supplement the work that is going on in the home. It is up to the student to practice. And, if that student is a younger child, it is up to the parents or guardians to ensure that your child practices fruitfully so the investment you are making in your child's music education does not go to waste.
For piano I use the Alfred basic series. I base the books on the age of the student (younger student, later beginner, adult, etc.) I have used the Alfred premier series as well. If a student has already purchased a series of books I'm happy to use whatever is in the student's library!
For guitar and ukulele the series I prefer is “Essential Elements” published by Hal Leonard. I feel that it gives the most well-rounded approach to note playing as well as chord and rhythm playing. However, I am very flexible and if a student is already working from a particular book I am happy to use that to save you the expense of buying another method.