Teaching Philosophy

My vision of an ideal music education is intimately shaped by the phenomenal exposure and training I received throughout my impressionable years.  I believe a first-rate piano instruction should evince the following characteristics:

  • Colorful Music Tree 2Grounded on a Sound, Multi-Faceted, All-Around Foundation.  Like any subject of learning, music study should be rooted in a solid foundation.  I strive to address all areas of piano techniques and major stylistic periods as well as various aspects of the basic musicianship.
  • Adaptable to Individual Talents and Needs.  As students become more established and self-assured in their skills and knowledge, I guide them through an ongoing process of searching for their unique “piano voice” and finding their own particular interests and strengths.  I passionately believe that everyone is naturally and profoundly musical in her own right, and yearns, in his own way, for a life enriched with the beauty of music.  My deepest reward comes from unlocking that special gift and nurturing it to grow, blossom and thrive.
  • Abundantly Pleasurable and Fulfilling.  I believe that learning should be intrinsically rewarding, productive, and immensely enjoyable.  Sensitivity to my students’ contentment and comfort remains the top of my priority as their teacher.
  • Full of Support and Encouragement.  I maintain a studio that is dynamic and engaging, thoughtful and caring.  As I tailor my teaching style to each student’s unique personality and strengths, he/she can learn with natural ease and confidence.  I strive to create for every lesson a lively and nurturing environment where my students can enjoy a positive learning experience.  We play, sing, and laugh!
  • Attentive to the Artistry of Performance.  Music is, inherently, a performing art, a poetic mode of expression and communication.  Thus I firmly believe that all pianists, including professionals, enthusiasts, and novices, not only benefit and grow from the experience of public performances but also deserve such opportunities to play for others and be listened to.  I challenge and encourage all my students to participate in semi-annual studio recitals and make the preparation an integral part of my teaching.  I am enormously gratified to see my students, having overcome their shyness and reserve, invariably come to enjoy and appreciate the deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction they are rewarded with following each single performance.