Deanna's Teaching Philosophy
Everyone has a right to take piano lessons. whether we feel "talented" or not. It's my job to make that experience enjoyable and ultimately successful.
Since each learner is unique, I never teach two students in the exact same way. But the techniques and concepts I teach each student are the same.
Each student can expect to learn the following:
The ability to read music and play from a written score.
This includes learning basic music theory concepts like pitch and rhythmic notation, key signatures, time signatures, etc. I know that not everyone likes music theory, but I have found that the better understanding a student has of music theory, the better musician he/she will be.
How to play fluently and expressively.
Music history. Because understanding why a composer wrote something helps you perform the work.
Method books I use for students of all ages include the "Piano Adventures" series, "Alfred Basic Piano Library," "Alfred Premier Series" and others.