Teaching Philosophy

Here you’ll find a basic outline of who I am as a teacher. To begin with, here are some of the areas of study that I may cover with my students depending on the students age, ability, and what exactly they want to achieve from their piano lessons.

  • A.M.E.B. Syllabus (exams)
  • Jazz / Contemporary
  • Improvisation
  • Composition / Arrangement
  • Aural Skills – (playing by ear)
  • Music Theory
  • Fluent Sight-reading
  • Understanding correct technique (injury prevention/relevant anatomy)

Beyond this my basic teaching philosophy is as follows:

  • Create a positive learning environment that fosters sound technical and musical development in a fun and enjoyable way.
  • Work in a “shared decision making” environment where the teacher, student and parents are all actively involved in the choice of repertoire and general direction of study.
  • To provide structure and understanding relating to the learning process, so that the student not only knows what to practice but how to practice it, and understands why.
  • To have a goal or aim for the students learning, providing both short term and long term direction to the study of the piano, and music in general.