FOR ADULT STUDENTS
Adult students require a different type of teaching than children. They have
a different set of strengths and a different set of frustrations.
I have over fifteen years of experience working closely with adult
students to help them optimize their success at studying the piano.
many children, adult students’ interest in the piano is self-directed
and self-perpetuating. An adult student is almost always eager
to improve his or her skills as a pianist. This strength, though,
brings with it two frustrations: 1.) The desire to improve one’s
piano playing does not necessarily translate into an enthusiasm
for finger exercises or for methodical practice of piano music.
2.) The eagerness with which adults often approach piano lessons
is often highly goal-oriented, and it can be difficult for adults
to recognize the step-by-step progress toward improved skills
as genuine progress. It can be embarrassing to discover that your
hands do not coordinate themselves as easily as your mind wills
adults, I use the superior adult capacity to process complex and
abstract information to the student’s
advantage. I supplement the building of the student’s physical
technique with a comprehensive theoretical understanding of the
structure of music. By the time my adult students are able to
play with facility and authority, they have a well-developed sense
musicianship. The result is that adult students who work with
me become skilled, sophisticated, and confident pianists.