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My Values and Teaching Principles
These six values guide how I work as a musician and teacher.
They ensure students love their lessons and become well-rounded musicians.
My Values: CV
We progress when we work together
Students are in charge of their own progress and the teacher is responsible for facilitating it. Practice is key and students practise well when they are learning something they like and can connect with.
Learning music should be fun
Learning is enjoyable and happens most effectively when the student is relaxed, engaged and working in a way that best fits them. "They do well because you make lessons fun for them" (parent)
We are all different
There is more to music than reading the notes!
Right from their first lesson, students have opportunities to explore all forms of music-making; reading, composing, improvising melodies and understanding harmony. Students become well-rounded musicians with good technique and broad musical awareness.
No student is the same and one size never fits all. Your learning path is your own - I will guide you but you determine the route you take. My Facebook page has lots of photos of lessons in action.
A teacher should inspire you
I believe all music teachers should engage in their own music-making, and share this with their students. Ask me about my own lessons or the 40 Piece Challenge, or see what I play on my YouTube channel! Our concerts are also a way for students to be inspired by each other.
Music is for everyone
Music is amazing. It gives us an escape, a way to express ourselves, a place to process our emotions. We can make others happy with our music and improve our own well-being. Opportunities to engage in music can change lives, and music should be accessible to everyone.
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