“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
– Aldous Huxley
The basis of my teaching philosophy is that any student can establish a love and appreciation of music through guided practice, developing their skills and creativity, and having fun. This is applicable regardless of the area of study – harp, piano, ukulele and even vocal performance. As a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, I aim to provide a comprehensive music education through weekly lessons that are tailored to my students’ needs and interests. I believe in teaching a strong core of music theory, technique, sight-reading, and ear training so my students have a well-balanced musical education. During private lessons, we spend time learning repertoire and theory fundamentals, while reserving time for study of ear training, composition, and creative music activities that reinforce the concepts we are reviewing. I find it very important to develop games and assignments that are adapted to my students’ learning styles and curricula objectives, while incorporating standards of Idaho’s “Certificate of Achievement Program”. I also place an emphasis on classical repertoire, however I believe that it is important for students to study a variety of genres in order to develop their own goals and interests, while providing a solid foundation of musical understanding. Teaching is incredibly rewarding to me because I am able to help my students grow and develop their creative abilities, as well as learning the power of communication through music.
Mastery of a musical instrument is so much more than being able to play the correct notes in the correct rhythm. It also means that one has the ability to express emotions and share stories through making music. This is something that I believe in teaching from the very first lesson, even with my youngest beginners. Creativity and musical expression are strongly emphasized in our studies, along with focus on how technique and posture can affect the tone and overall feel of a performance. It is important that my students develop a comprehensive knowledge of music, which enables them to get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from playing everything from classical pieces to their own creations. Performing is an individualized art, and I am committed to teaching my students how they can express themselves through making music.
Assessments and Recitals
I believe in the importance of creating a supportive environment for learning in the teaching studio, and inspiring students to become confident and self-motivated in their home practice. I encourage my students to become independent learners by showing them how to actively listen to, assess and improve upon their performances. Developing sight-reading and music evaluation skills in lessons prepares them for expanding their repertoire, as well as providing the foundation of abilities that are judged in Boise’s present standard for performance, the “Certificate of Achievement Program”. Students have the option to participate in these annual state recognized examinations, and much of the curriculum I teach also aligns with national standards for music education. In preparation for formal and informal recitals, we focus on musicianship, stage presence, artistic performance, building self-confidence, and developing a spirit of camaraderie with other students.
My foremost goal as a teacher is to share my love of music with my students, while developing their musical abilities and lifelong learning potential. Studying music not only builds technical skill and confidence, but also allows students to develop their concentration, critical thinking, dedication, and creativity. As a music teacher, I believe in the importance of consistently working to further my own abilities as both an instructor and as a musician. Developing an ever-evolving curriculum through studio projects, music games and new repertoire keeps my teaching fresh and engaging for my students. I also strive for professional growth though involvement in local music organizations, attending workshops and educational programs, and consistently developing my studio practice so that I am able to provide my students with the best musical education I can offer.