Teaching Philosophy

In piano instruction, both private and group, Stephanie aims to meet dedicated and motivated students wherever they're at, making sure that the goals of the student are top priority. Alongside meeting student's musical goals, Stephanie incorporates music theory, technique, musicality, body mapping and improvisation into each lesson to make for the most equip and well-rounded musician possible. 

 

 

Hello! I’m very excited to work with you and help you and/or your child reach your musical goals. The piano is a vast and amazing instrument, and I am so grateful to come along side you on your musical journey. Here are few notes to get us started and make sure we are on the same page

 

Student Responsibilities: The student, first and foremost, has the desire to learn and grow at the piano. They agree to arrive to their lesson on time, well prepared, and with all necessary materials. In order to progress, 5 days a week of quality practice (or more) is recommended, with the duration of practice sessions varying both with age and level of ability. Students agree to bring all of their questions, frustrations and challenges to the lesson so we can work through everything together. Students of all levels and ages are invited and encouraged to participate in a minimum of two or more informal performing opportunities during the school year that I will arrange.

 

Teacher Responsibilities: I promise to do everything in my power to provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning. I will continue to further my teaching skills and music knowledge by being an active part of Andover Educators, reading professional publications, practicing diligently, and engaging with other musicians and in musical performances that will lead to my own personal and professional growth. I will do everything I can to encourage feelings of success and empowerment at each lesson, and aim to create a balanced program of theory, technique, ear-training, sight-reading and performance opportunities. I am dedicated to making piano as inviting, exciting and challenging as possible!


Parental Responsibilities: Please encourage consistent practice, and reward small accomplishments. Learning the piano is a long journey and requires much encouragement from others. Parental support is a must for a child's musical growth.  Parents are welcome to attend lessons at any time, although some kids function better when it is just student and teacher. Please check your child's notebook weekly to help remind your child of assignment details or other pertinent information. Parental support is a must for a child's musical growth. To help your child develop self-discipline and good practice habits, set aside a regular time for practice five days a week (this can be done all at once or divided into two or more daily practice sessions). Younger children especially need help with their practicing. Help your kiddo have a practice environment that is free from interruptions (family, friends, TV, computer or phone). Honest and open communication between parents, teachers and students is of the utmost importance. Lets keep each other in the loop, and never hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions. We are in this thing together!