Our Philosophy

Ground the basics from the start: We believe that besides feeling the joy of playing an instrument,  learning the basics properly is a vital part of studying instruments and for long term musical goals. This includes developing solid musicianship, proper technique, and good practice habits from the very beginning.  Too often, poor playing habits and poor technique allow a student to progress with deceiving speed, but come to haunt them quickly in the form of hand injury, and an inability to move on to more challenging literature due to a poor foundation of skills. We believe in patiently nurturing love for music by using fun and well chosen pieces of music to teach proper technique as well as making enjoyable music.

Individualized teaching: We believe that enthusiasm and commitment are as important as talents in a student.  We value the individualism of our students. The requirement of beginners and intermediate students are different from that of advanced students. The age of the students must be taken into account as well.  Each student is unique, and requires special attention that is tuned to their needs, interests, and talents.

We believe in applying teaching method appropriate for each student, and choosing music to students that they enjoy, whether it's classical music, popular music, or  music students heard from a television show or video game. We encourage our students to explore music around them, and create music of their own, and make music part of their lives. The experience of learning an instrument can be applied to many aspects of their lives. Theory is always taught in the context of music studied and composing.

Improvising: Besides learning how to play by reading music, playing by ear and improvisation are aspects we focused on from early on. Improvisation sparks creativity in a student. It brings the study of piano and guitar to a higher level.

Ensemble: Students also learns to play duets. Ensemble playing teaches student how to listen, working with other players, and to be a better musician.

Performing: Performing in front of a small as well as a larger audience are an important part of any student's experience. It provides students with a way of sharing their music making with their peers, as well as a way of building confidence and stage presence. We hold studio recitals two or  three times a year, some with families and friends in attendance and some without, with a holiday theme when the time is right! The important thing is that the students must feel comfortable and enjoying the performing experience.
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