Now I Love Music Practice:
- Music lessons are available at my studio in Andersons Bay.
- Enquiries are welcome from children and adults including beginners.
- I teach classical and modern piano.
- Lessons are one on one.
- I am associated with the NZ Modern School Of Music which is over 60 years old.
- Students who wish to sit exams are encouraged to do so, and are fully prepared.
Classical or modern piano.
As stated above I teach both classical or modern piano. For beginners there is no difference between what is taught. As they progress I introduce music from both genres and teach both side by side. Eventually the student may decide to concentrate on one or the other.
For modern piano I teach chord based methods, and playing from lead sheets. I teach various styles, and emphasize improvising, arranging, and creativity.
Parents are very welcome to sit in on lessons at any time although this is not a requirement.
My teaching philosophy.
I do not subscribe to the often expressed view that music lessons should be fun. I think it is necessary to take a music education seriously and put in the time and effort required to make progress. I do believe, however, that learning to play should be a very enjoyable and satisfying experience and, actually, much more rewarding than merely having fun. See article.
I believe that one of the most important functions of a music teacher is instilling and fostering a love of music in their student, and encouraging and motivating them to want to persevere.
Now that I have attained my Diploma in Modern Piano with ANZCA I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed our collaboration as I worked toward that goal.
You have a gift for teaching improvisation, and arranging music that makes you stand out as one of "the" music teachers in this field.
You have given us a good set of skills and knowledge of the piano, and also a heightened appreciation and love of music.
I first came to you as a nine year old with a vague interest in learning to play the piano. I am now nineteen and it’s phenomenal the way you have transformed that vague interest into a genuine love of playing the piano.
This was achieved through persistence, patience and a seemingly infinite knowledge of the instrument. You have managed to craft a pianist out of a boy who never would have thought he could be musical at all.
And after eleven years, I still look forward to coming each week and learning more.