Musician | Teacher | Composer
I believe all my students are worth my time.
That may sound like a no-brainer, but not everyone in the industry agrees with me. In my studio, students are not ranked and I have yet to fire a student based on their performance. When a student enters my classroom, it is because they want to be a better musician, so that’s what I do: work to make the student better. Whether that means challenging the student to work above grade-level, or challenging them to catch up to their grade-level. I am interested in my students’ placements. But, I’m more interested in their persistent effort over time. I’m more interested in their ability to take in and process this art form. I’m more interested in their willingness to make decisions about the music they play. I’m more interested in their courage and poise in presenting music to an audience, whether it be passive or critical.
Because when the student eventually moves on, I want them to be that much more confident in their role as a musician, an artist, a creator and that much more appreciative of music, of art, and of creation.