“Every student must be cared for as if they were a canvas in a great artist’s studio; any or all of them can become masterpieces.” – Jamie Bone
One cannot learn piano through ear or sight alone. Statistics prove that multiple senses involved in the learning process produce a higher success rate. This is why my students listen, see, and feel (playing) the music they learn. Music training is incomplete without music theory, history, and a thorough understanding of the instrument itself. To learn any art, one must be aware and familiar with the art created by his/her peers. This is why listening and attending recitals is an integral part of any musical education.
The relationship between teacher, student, and parent is very important to the success rate of the student. Open communication is always necessary to ensure comfort during the training. Parents must provide support and encouragement for the students without overbearing or taking charge of the student’s practice time.
A teacher does not simply tell the student how to play, but gives him/her the tools and opportunities to solve problems for himself. Information is retained much longer when the solution is discovered by the student.
Talent is an overused word in our society, often mistaken for terms such as skill or passion. Anyone can learn to play the piano. But it takes a true love of music to turn practice into passion.