Miguel De Armas
As a piano teacher I always ask myself how does the content of my lesson relate to what I want to achieve for my student. How does it factor into my piano teaching philosophy in terms of what the student will leave with after studying with me?
Throughout my career as a teacher, I have learned one important fact: it is crucial to define your lesson objectives and the methods to achieve them. More than anything, you should strive to make the piano an enjoyable and thought-provoking instrument for your students.
I focus my teaching on the development of technique and musicianship as well as exposure to a wide variety of repertoire is fundamental to achieving any pianistic goal. Learning new pieces on a regular basis develops reading skills and awareness of different musical styles, which encourages students to explore repertoire on their own.
As students progress, I encourage them to develop their own sense of musicianship through thinking about structure, musical style, nuance and emotional content of the music they are playing. This development can facilitate studies in other areas; such as participate in high school bands, choirs or dance groups, and report their pianistic training is a great help.
Piano lessons also provide to student’s self-confidence by performing in front of others as well as great work-habits.