My Teaching Philosophy
Music for me is a joy to teach, and therefore I believe it should be a joy to learn. I endeavour to develop a whole musician, not just a robot who will read symbols off a page, but a human being who understands and feels the sounds that they are creating. With young children I use Kodály-based techniques, keeping the lessons child-centred by using their voices (speaking and singing), their bodies playfully through games, and other activities in order to understand the music that they will play on their instrument. As the child grows, I try and continue using age-appropriate activities (singing and clapping still comes in very handy!) in order to develop their musicianship skills.
Playing an instrument involves intricate physical activity, therefore I believe in developing proper technique from the very start so that frustrating habits do not slow the student down later on. No matter at what age the student begins I try to help them develop the correct technique in a friendly manner, using creativity and imagery as much as possible.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages, and including adult beginners and adolescents. Music is about self-expression, and as we live in a fast-paced and chaotic world, this form of art can help remove ourselves from it all if at least temporarily. Therefore my goal is to help students achieve their goals, through motivating and properly training them with respect to their individuality and individual needs.