I seek to nurture the developmental skills and character of young students by providing them with a structured and well-rounded musical education, to guide them to the sense of accomplishment that can come only after genuine challenge, dedication and effort.
I specialized in Suzuki Piano, which is by far the most effective approach for nurturing and developing the musical ability of a child from a very young age. Based on Suzuki's "mother language" philosophy, very young children learn to play the piano through their senses after listening to recordings and observing how other children learn. A cooperative relationship between teacher, parent, and student is essential for a successful learning process. A parent is expected to be present at the child's lesson and receive training as a practice partner to the child. As a result, Suzuki parents and children are often known to build strong parent-child bonds, which would be treasured for a lifetime.
Beginning lessons focus on the fundamentals of piano playing such as posture, sensitivity to good pianistic tone, phrasing, and rhythm, as well as developing a routine of daily home practice. More experienced learners will be guided in developing technical tools musically through a wide range of repertoire. By integrating technique and musicality, they will be encouraged to strive for brilliance and craftsmanship while connecting with the imaginative and emotional content of their music. Emphasis is also placed on the intelligent use of tonal color and the shaping of musical phrases by relating with personal life experiences so that, creatively and imaginatively, the students may be fully engaged in communicating music that is both exciting and inspiring.
My students and parents are also immersed in a studio culture characterized by praise and encouragement. As a close-knit community of learners, everyone will be encouraged to listen, practice, and perform for each other so that music may be integrated into a significant place in the students' life. The ultimate goal is for each student to bring the mind, body, and soul to music making, an experience which will be meaningful and rewarding to students and listeners. The students may also come to know and enjoy the instrument as an effective vehicle for self-expression, as well as a means to connect, to bring joy and beauty to the world around them.