My goal as a piano teacher is to nurture my students so that they can develop a life-long passion for music. I create a customized assignment that makes the whole practice routine interesting and meaningful. I take into considerations of each student's developmental stage, including cognitive, emotional, and physical readiness.
Specific Musical Goals for Students
I emphasize building a strong music foundation first. This means, I first make sure students can master note-reading and rhythmic accuracy before I spend much time on advanced technique or
sophisticated artistry of piano playing. A solid music foundation is fundamental. It is also useful for students to master other instruments if they choose to learn another. Once I lay the foundation, advanced technique and artistry then become very important.
I would like all my students to become independent readers who can successfully teach themselves late intermediate level pieces. They also should acquire some aural awareness to discern the difference between beautiful tone vs. not-so-beautiful tone, and between musical playing vs. not-so-musical playing.
In summary, a solid foundation for basic music literacy, an aural skill to appreciate different qualities of sound, and making music with feelings and meanings while maintaining personal wellness, are my ultimate musical goals for my students.
I also instill in young students a sense of ownership for their practice. While parents need to sit with very young students and help them practice, older children are trained to develop the independence to practice and complete their assignment on their own so that they are able to make consistent progress. (However, parents do need to ensure there is time in their family schedule for their children to practice piano among other activities.) Parents are welcome and encouraged to sit with their child to help with the details of the practice assignment if they can create a positive experience for both themselves and the child. However, it is not required.