Rapture /rap-chur/ n. extreme happiness and delight in something

Lesson Contents:

I realize that people take piano lessons for different reasons. Because of this, I strive to work with the students to meet their goals while keeping in line with my goals as a teacher and still giving the parents what they expect as well.
  • I am a Classically-trained pianist and will always push to include at least one piece of Classical repertoire in the lesson material.
  • Singing is a must.  Well, it doesn't necessary have to be singing, but speaking various things aloud, such as fingering or counting, is mandatory.
  • Sight-reading is emphasized.  Good sight-reading skills are so vital for a pianist.
  • I love music theory and music history; they are a staple in the lesson material. I find that knowledge on these two subjects enhances students’ ability to learn music better and more musically.  Ear-training is also included in lessons.
  • I get many requests that students learn to play the hymns of their religious denomination. That is a great! I try to teach these in a similar way in which they will be asked to use this talent, which means hymns are often used as sight-reading material in the lesson.
  • Many students come to me with specific songs they would like to learn. Bring it on! That is why they want to learn to play the piano, right, to play songs they enjoy.
  • I like to include composing. Composing can be fun and is great for making sure students really understand a concept.
  • And, finally, with the increased interest in Jazz and Christian Rock, I have started studying how to play this type of music as well. I am a beginner in this area, but am more than willing to share what I have learned with students if that is something they are interested in.

Methods Used:

Beginners:

  • My favorites: Alfred’s Premier Piano Method (pub. by Alfred) and Piano Adventures (pub. by Faber)
  • Others I like: Alfred’s Basic Piano (pub. by Alfred) and Celebrate Piano! (pub. by Frederick Harris)
  • I am familiar with a lot of different methods and am usually willing to work out of methods transfer students have already started, but I will try to persuade you to use one of my favorites after they finish the current level they are working in.

Intermediate:

  • I usually stick with the method books until around Level 4 (depending on the method), and from there I switch to early intermediate repertoire.
  • Developing Artist Piano Literature (Faber), Succeeding with the Masters (FJH), Essential Keyboard Repertoire (Alfred)
  • There are many more I have used and am willing to use.

Advanced:

  • Any repertoire by the classic composers.