Jing-I Jang- Harpist, Pianist

Teaching Philosophy

Piano and harp teaching is a very special subject of teaching within all kinds of educational fields. It is very important to teach students in accordance with their aptitude, since piano learning has close relationship with students’ abilities and interests. It encompasses not only the teaching skill but also the understanding of students’ needs and capabilities. A good teacher has to understand that every student is unique, so that I have different expectation and pace for each student. The emphases of teaching for different ages and levels are also varied. For example, for younger beginning students, I put great emphasis on building good foundation with relax technique, while it is also important to stir their imaginations and creativities and to increase their interests. For higher advanced level students, it is more necessary to explore the essence of music itself or develop their independent thinking and aesthetic judgment and to challenge their maximum of musical potential. In addition, music teaching is more than only to mold a good player but to bring up a musician who has a good attitude of learning the instrument and know how to appreciate and respect all different kinds of music and interpretation. Ultimately, by varied teaching methods and emphases, my hope is to make all of my students, both amateur and professional, enjoy playing the piano/harp.

 

Private Lessons are offered to all ages (from 3-4yr to adult) and all levels. Students receive 30, 45 or 60 minutes weekly private lessons. Lessons are taught in traditional and/or Suzuki method (depending on the start of age). Each lesson is tailored for every individual. A variety of methods are chosen for beginning students.

 

Suzuki Method is based on “mother-tongue” approach. The process of language learning can be applied to music. According to Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s observation, every small child has great potential. It extends a child’s ability through the training of playing the musical instrument starting at their early age (age 3-5). Parental involvement, constant listening and repetition, group class, and positive environment are some of the core ideas of this method. If you are interested but not sure whether this will be a right program for your family, please feel free to contact me for any questions.

 
 
 
 
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