Teaching Philosophy by Jenny Han
The physical and mental benefits of playing music have long been recognized. The primary goal of my teaching piano is to make the study of piano and playing music engaging, fulfilling, and fun. Learning piano is not only about learning music. Recent years have only seen more evidence of the benefits of piano come to a healthy mind, body, and healthy life! Also, it is an opportunity to enhance your life skills like good communication, patience, confidence, creativity, concentration, diligence, dedication, and perseverance.
Since every student is different, at the beginning of each year, we will set up the goals according to each student’s learning styles and abilities. Determining each student’s needs and goals will help choose repertoire, the pace of the student, and decide which activities will be most fit for each student. For example, some students like classic, popular songs, or both!
I strongly believe in the benefits of music study for all individuals, regardless of age and ability. Although most of my students are under 14, I love teaching adult beginners. I’m teaching many students who work at Microsoft and Google, they enjoy learning the piano so much!
In my studio, students will have an opportunity to engage in activities like studio recital, RCM examination, festivals, and competitions.
- Technical skills- rhythms, articulations, scales, chords, arpeggios, etudes, specific keys of songs, and technical elements will be learned within the lesson
- Musicianship skill- sight-reading, ear- training, aural skills, and theory
- Music theory/history- including musical form, harmony, and tonalities, which aid the performer in understanding music
- Creative activity- games, movements, using our imaginations, a visual activity like drawing and painting, improvisation, and composition
I believe that music learning should be enjoyable. I create individualized lesson plans for each student and take great care to give them a solid foundation of technique so that they can express themselves through music. I encourage all my students to play, listen, and to grow.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
The Benefits of Piano playing
Children who have been exposed to music education have increased verbal intelligence. Students who had received regular music lessons during these early years have been proven to have an increased understanding of vocabulary and a stronger ability to explain the meaning of those words.
- Middle-Aged Music Man (The New York Times)
- Music Lessons Early In Life Could Boost Brain Development, Study Suggests (Huffington Post)
- Mental benefits of music lessons echo years after practice ends(Los Angeles Times)
- Sorry Kids, Piano Lessons Make You Smarter(Forbes)
- Playing for Time: Can Music Stave off Dementia?
- Music Training Enhances Children’s Verbal Intelligence (Pacific Standard)
The remarkable set of skills music study and music-making teach last a lifetime. And these benefits are applicable to every student, not just those who are gifted or those who want to go into the music profession. An overview of some of these skills might include the following:
- Perception and refinement of aural, visual, and tactile information
- Virtuosity in abstract, conceptual thinking
- Ability to program and develop physical responses
- Expression of emotion and attention to balance and individual identity
- Dealing with the preparation, disappointment, and triumph of performance
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