I have been teaching private piano lessons for more than 40 years. My philosophy of teaching can be summarized as follows: Find out what the student wants to do with the skills they are acquiring and help them reach those goals. In doing so, I use a wide thorough base of teaching that includes a healthy dose of technique and theory. We discuss context, who is the audience, are you a soloist or in a support role. All of which influence the style of playing. I also include performance tips and practice to alleviate anxiety when under pressure. I adhere to the "growth mindset" philosophy rather than the "fixed mindset". Basically, that is, "there is no learning without mistakes".
I have worked for several school systems teaching Preschool through high school, vocal music as well as band. Most of my years were centered in the Middle School age group.
This included directing 150+ students at one time on stage for programs.
I retired in 2012. But during my time in the private and public schools I have:
Vocal Emphasis - Piano Major
I was a single Mom of 3 during much of this time, commuting 50 miles to school. I went 10 full-time semesters to complete this work.
I only took this one class, at night. Completed in 1985, I think.
1972 right after high school graduation. Just attended my freshman year.
My most enjoyable class was piano, taken from Rick Terry. I was thrilled to death to able to practice for hours with no one complaining!
I also took Hymnology Class from Mr. Terry as well and learned so much in that class.
I was chosen as one of 45 applicants across the United States to participate in the Larry Minnix Leadership Academy, sponsored by LeadingAge International. This is an organization for non-profits specializing in senior living. We met in various places in the United States, read and discussed books, attended many workshops and toured many facilities. At the end of the year, we were each given an assignment to go back to our communities and find something that needed changed, addressed or established to make that community better. We then presented our "Action Learning Project" during our graduation ceremonies. We left with the admonition to "make it happen". That is actually the impetus for the conception of Solace House of the Ozarks.
I learned a lot during that year of travel. One of the most important things I learned is that I'm really glad to be born into a Christian family who now lives in the Joplin region. I am blessed beyond measure.....and so is this Southwest Missouri region! We are richly blessed!
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