Trinity College of Music ( London ) (Other)
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Other)
Despite having had classical piano training via Trinity College of Music and the Royal Schools of Music at an early age, I have always appreciated music of every genre. So as a child I took the responsibility of learning to play other styles on my own. It quickly became obvious not only to me but to my fellow classical students that I had a huge advantage over all the other students in the real music world, because I could appeal to a much wider audience. Over the past 30 years I have stayed true to this concept in all things musical (including teaching). I have performed at many different venues all over the world (from hotels to cruise ships to concert halls). I have also taught many students around the world. Not every audience likes the same type of music so the performer has to be versatile. Similarly, not every student likes the same kind of music so the teacher should be able to adapt. The same thing applies to teaching methods. The same method doesn't work with every student.
My teaching style is based on 3 of my core beliefs. (1) The student is the most important person in the class ( This is why I do not force a particular method on every student. I adapt to each student's learning style). (2) Music should be fun (This is why I chose music that the student can relate to). (3) Every task can be easy or difficult. Every single task has a pattern that, if you know it, makes the task very easy. (This is why I reveal these patterns to my students and these patterns make them learn easily, naturally and rapidly)(Most of my beginner students learn to play a complete song with both hands in their very first lesson--Why?--Patterns). Despite having had classical piano training via Trinity College of Music and the Royal Schools of Music at an early age, I have always appreciated music of every genre. So as a child I took the responsibility of learning to play other styles on my own. It quickly became obvious not only to me but to my fellow classical students that I had a huge
The ultimate test of a person's musical ears is the ability to play a tune after hearing it just once or twice. This is something I have done all my life playing in hotels and on cruiseships where audiences often make requests. Some of the requested tunes I have never heard before but I can play it after they sing or hum it once. Because playing by ear has always been a part of my daily life I know exactly how to do it and I am therefore the most suitable person to show anyone exactly how to do it. I was also brought up on the Trinity College of Music and Royal Schools of Music Examinations system in which Aural tests were compulsory.
With 33 years of music teaching experience I have encountered just about every personal learning style that a student might have and so I am well equipped to adapt accordingly. Videos of some of my students in action area available upon request.