At Music con brio, we believe in developing...
- Independent Learners: One of my goals is to equip students to learn and enjoy music on their own. I place a high value on learning to read music and developing a musical ear so students can find and correct their own mistakes. I often teach by asking questions, allowing students to apply their knowledge and demonstrate their understanding.
- Imaginative Players: Lessons include games, stories, manipulatives, and physical movement to catch the imagination, particularly of younger players. Students are encouraged to connect emotionally to their pieces by developing stories and imagery. These techniques help students to understand not just what they are playing, but why.
- Well-rounded Musicians: More than just teaching students to play by rote, lessons include opportunities to develop sight-reading and listening skills. I also incorporate technique and theory, linking it to the music students are learning to play. Students also learn about composers and historical context of their pieces.
- Confident Performers: Part of the joy of making music is the opportunity to share it with others. Students are encouraged to develop their confidence by performing in studio recitals and other local performance opportunities. Many students follow the Music Development Program curriculum and take an annual performance exam, providing them with a goal to work towards and an opportunity for outside evaluation.
- High Standards and a Supportive Environment: I set high standards for my students and then provide them with the knowledge and support they need to meet those standards.