My goal as a teacher is twofold. First, I want to help students kindle or sustain a passion for music that will last a lifetime. For me, that’s one of the miracles of music: it gives back at least as much as you put in. It’s one of the best investments you can make in your future.
Second, I want to help students develop the tools needed to harness & grow their love for music. This can include learning new techniques, building a repertoire, and gaining experience collaborating with others & performing.
No two students are alike, and one of my jobs as a teacher is to listen deeply and try to support each student’s unique dreams & desires. Anything helps. For example, I usually begin by asking questions like, “Is there a certain song you’ve always wanted to learn? Or a particular artist, band or genre you’re really into?” The more a student can share with me about their musical goals & dreams, the better prepared I will be to help them move forward. Ultimately, my goal is to teach my students to teach themselves, because in the end we are our own best teachers, and the musical journey lasts a lifetime.