My teaching philosophy is a set of beliefs and values that guide my teaching.
A student is not just learning an instrument method but becoming a student of music. It is important for me to engage and relate to the student in both educational methods and repertoire, but also for them to discover opportunities and understandings that would not have otherwise experienced.
For significant learning to take place, a student needs to be responsible for their development. They become independent learners who are able to teach themselves, give fair reflections on their practice and performance, and plan for future improvement.
A musician needs to have an awareness of the technique of their instrument and how to create the best possible result effortlessly. Each lesson develops a technical skill so that best habits are learnt from the outset.
Music is a creative art that allows for personal growth and understanding. Students are guided to create their own informed interpretations of works as well as create their own music through improvisation and composition.
Students develop performance skills through studio concerts that will support the gaining of confidence to perform at their best, even when under pressure. With each performance the student will gain valuable experience and a greater understanding of their own strengths and achievements. Music is taken beyond just the practice room and exam studio and out into the community through engagement in local ensembles and performance opportunities.
My students are required to purchase their own music books and guidance will be given regarding suitable technical books, repertoire and instrument accessories. They will learn to perform and understand the historical context of a wide range of musical styles from the familiar to the unknown. By reaching beyond just playing the notes the student becomes sensitive to the nuances of music so that there can be an expressive and accurate representation.
So much of what I have achieved in my life has been due to the support and encouragement of my expert teachers. As a teacher I hope to pass on some of their wisdom and what I have learnt along the way so that my students will be able to reach their goals and discover ones they never knew existed.