Students receive a well-rounded balance of note reading, rhythm, music theory, musical styles, artistic expression, and technique. The emphasis on each of these will vary according to the student’s needs and experience. Beginners will need more time on the basics of rhythm and note reading, intermediate and advanced students may have more emphasis in other areas. Playing artistically with the correct technique is an important component at all levels.
Students are taught to organize and maximize their practice time to gain the most benefits. Students have specific goals for practice, which reduces the uncertainty about what to do between lessons and promotes progress. They are encouraged to come to lessons with questions and feedback on difficulties. The eventual goal is to develop students who independently manage their practice and work efficiently for their desired results.
Regular practice is far more effective than occasional long practice sessions. It is helpful to establish a daily practice time that works with your schedule, 5-7 days a week. The length of practice will vary according to the level and age of the student. Very young students will benefit from close supervision for a length of time appropriate for their attention span. Early and intermediate students should consider a practice period of a minimum of 30 minutes daily. Middle and late intermediate students would benefit from a minimum of 30-60 minutes daily.
The choice of music is determined by a student’s level and interests. Students are encouraged to study a variety of styles and to express their personal preferences. Repertoire selected or suggested by the teacher is based on the level of the student, the potential for musical growth offered by the piece, the quality of the piece, and its appeal.