Whether just beginning or already experienced, six years old or sixty years old, everyone has something to gain from piano lessons. I teach students of all ages at a wide range of skill levels at K&S Conservatory of Music in Woodbury, Minnesota.
How I teach:
I tend to be cheerful, sociable, optimistic, and inquisitive, and my teaching style reflects that. Each student is greeted with a smile at every lesson. More importantly, though, my lessons are not socially stratified—I am emphatically not the student's superior. Instead, both the student and I are collaborators in their music study. This allows students to explore the many complicated and forms of musical knowledge in an intuitive (and less intimidating) way. My greatest goal is to help each student excel at music by enjoying the process. Along the way, students explore their interests and discover new ones, and while all of this is happening, I am always asking myself if there are ways I can adapt my approach to better serve the student.
What I teach:
My lessons have a largely classical focus. Beginning students start out with a method book, and as they progress I transition them to canonical repertoire with pieces by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Kabalevsky, Bartok, and other big names, as well as contemporary pedagogical composers in classical, jazz, and pop styles. Students are welcome to introduce whatever music they'd like in addition to what I assign them. If they have something special in mind that they'd like to play, I'm always happy to try to find it—and if I can't find it, I'll write an arrangement myself, or co-arrange with the student. Whatever a student is interested in, we can find a way to make it a meaningful learning experience.
Who I teach:
Everyone! I offer lessons to anyone who's interested and who is willing and able to put in the time and effort. I've gotten a few calls over the years from parents wondering whether their kids with special needs can learn to play the piano. Based on my experience so far, the answer has always been Yes. This question most often comes up with neurodiverse students, and finding a patient and understanding teacher can be a challenge for autistic students and those with ADHD, dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, emotional disorders, physical disabilities, and trauma. Having lived with obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD for as long as I can remember, I have some insight into what it's like to be neurologically different. Where there's any interest in learning music, I want to help develop that interest into a skill.