The Case for Music Lessons in Adulthood

“It’s too late for me.” “I’m no virtuoso and never will be.” “I’m afraid of performing.” “I’m slow to learn new things.” Those are common statements I hear from adults who are trying to convince themselves they should not take music lessons. They are usually faced with one of two things: learning music for theContinue reading “The Case for Music Lessons in Adulthood”

Sight-read like a pro in 5 steps

Sight-reading is the necessary and oftentimes dreaded part of auditions. Why is it so important, you might be wondering, after you’ve spent endless hours preparing music that you know? It’s not meant to throw you under the bus after you’ve worked so hard. It’s meant to show how sharp your musical skills really are. IfContinue reading “Sight-read like a pro in 5 steps”

5 ways to get a student to stick with music

Which is worse? “I used to play the flute and then I quit in sixth grade. I’ve always regretted it.” or “I was forced to play the flute all throughout my childhood, and I hated it. I’ve never recovered from the psychological damage that ensued from being forced to do something I didn’t enjoy andContinue reading “5 ways to get a student to stick with music”

How I Teach

Assessing Individuals As a private teacher, I enjoy being able to approach each student as an individual. Some want to win competitions while others want to focus on learning songs they know. Balancing fun with growth, technique with musicality, and achievement with confidence are my ways to success as a teacher. I can assess eachContinue reading “How I Teach”