Teaching Philosophy

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As a piano teacher, I believe the best learning happens when everyone becomes more actively involved and collaborative in nature. To strengthen engagement in the class, I develop more meaningful interactions with the students as well as encourage them to purposefully interact with each other and with the material. I ask my students many questions, which encourages them to use their reasoning skills to arrive at their own conclusions, molding them into well-rounded musicians instead of simply obedient technicians.

As an educator, I am committed to incorporating a holistic approach in my teaching to enhance the student’s learning experience based on the diversity of their backgrounds and perspectives. For example, it is important to discuss equitability in the classroom because students facing different barriers should receive different support systems. Additionally, I am dedicated to upholding music from all walks of life, allowing every genre, style, and practice to be valued equally. I strive to expand my own and my students’ range of repertoires by bringing a wide range of music by composers from non-traditional backgrounds.

Due to the pandemic in the past years, piano classes have switched to a combination of online and in-person teaching modalities. In adapting to the changing circumstances, I have become more skillful at using technology to aid my teaching. I utilize Open Broadcaster Software which integrates multiple cameras synchronized with collaboration-enabled conference software for live-stream teaching, as well as implement cutting-edge video and audio recording technologies to manage my piano classes. Despite the less-than-ideal environment, I continue to engage students with opportunities for collaborative exercises and provide deeper musical development.

As an enthusiast for music theory, piano literature, and musical analysis, I engage my students in exciting theoretical discussions that are also related to piano performance. Having received a liberal arts education myself, I greatly value the merit of building one’s knowledge across all musical topics.

I believe that the very qualities that comprise an excellent teacher are the qualities one should cultivate as a person: learning through listening, respecting, and appreciating others’ opinions, as well as holding yourself to a high standard of excellence. My goal is to help my students discover their own interpretations and styles through stimulating critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to provide them with a strong and reliable technical foundation, as I have been taught.