Teaching Method:This method of instruction is based on classical piano music and represents the Russian School of Piano Playing.
"What is the Russian School of Piano?"
It is all about a "singing" colorful tone, brilliant technique that serves to showcase the beauty of music, and a very thoughtfully selected repertoire. But first and foremost it is a school
of Piano teaching - a method that has raised generations of accomplished pianists and musicians.
From the very first lessons my students learn fundamental technical skills such as posture, hand placement, finger power and dexterity. I place a heavy emphasis on music notation. Learning notes begins on the first day, as it is essential for any piano player. Along with reading notes, we work on developing hearing skills. We learn how to play simple melodies by ear, which develop an ear for music and establish music memory. Piano lessons build discipline, improve concentration, help foster imagination, and improve attention to detail. These characteristics help build intellect and teach the value of hard work. Finally, the most important component of the Russian School of Piano is the quality of repertoire. Students are immersed into the world of classical music where they will encounter the beautiful compositions of J.S.Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and other great composers. Through learning the works of the greatest composers, students develop musical taste and an appreciation for classical music.
Note on practicing:
Practicing at home is crucial. Eighty percent of students' progress depends on how
much time they practice at home and how well they follow instructions.
I expect my students to practice 20-30 minutes every day in the first year of playing piano. They can divide 20-30 minutes into two parts, if necessary. Starting from the second year, I recommend practicing 30-60 minutes every day. With time, their program will become longer and more challenging, and will require more time. For the first one -two years, children will need their parents' help with homework.
I highly recommend for parents to attend their children's' lessons and to take notes with my instructions. If
necessary, record the lessons so you can watch them at home with your children. This will help refresh what we
cover in the lessons.
Please bear in mind that if your child is actively a part of other clubs, sports, or organizations- this takes away time
from piano. Therefore, please manage your time wisely so that it doesn't affect your child's success in their lessons.
If you are really serious about your child's progress I would recommend to take 45-60 minutes piano lessons
twice a week.
A note on instrument:
Many parents ask me what kind of instrument I recommend. I highly recommend an acoustic piano. Those who
have an electronic piano- keep in mind- the piano has a programmed tone, so working on technique and sound
becomes more challenging. These students will feel a big difference when they perform on an acoustic piano at
their recitals.Please read more about Acoustic Piano or Digital Keyboard?
Using a brand new piano is not necessary. A used acoustic piano works just fine, but rentals are another option.
The teacher, student, and parent must work together as a team to achieve the best result in learning
to play piano.General Information:
Throughout the school year all my students have the opportunity to perform at the class piano recitals twice a
year- in December and in May. My students also perform at music festivals and piano contests. I highly recommend and encourage all my students take the Theory Music Test and the World of Music Test once a year through the Texas Music Teacher Association.