Over the years I have discovered a way of teaching that not only nurtures the child's innate love of music, but also instills
fundamental skills, (keyboard technique, ear training, notation, and sight-reading) develops a meaningful understanding of
the language of music, (melody, rhythm, phrasing, harmony, dynamics, and musical structure) and produces musically expressive
and confident performers.
My tips for effective teaching include:
Follow the student's passion when choosing repertoire;
Use only well written and well arranged pieces;
Introduce music from all genres (pop,jazz,classical,etc.);
Teach by ear as well as by note;
Encourage singing while playing;
Faciliate improvisation and composition;
Expose the student to composistions by their peers;
Encourage performing for family and friends and create performance opportunities;
Avoid all judgemental and guilt-inducing attitudes and encourage parents to do the same.