I start lessons with the Bastien Piano Basics or the Faber Piano Adventures. These books are colourful and appealing. Students are able to play some very musical pieces in a short time. At Christmas, students learn Christmas carols and songs. Students also enjoy playing Disney movie theme music or other popular pieces. When the time comes, usually about mid-way through Level three of these basic courses, students can start preparing for Royal Conservatory exams.
Parents are, of course, welcome and encouraged to attend lessons if they are able to. This is very beneficial for the student and quite fun and interesting for the parents. Quite often, parents end up learning quite a bit themselves and some begin taking their own lessons.
I have two recitals each year, one at Christmas and one in June. I also have bi-monthly Student-only Performance Classes at my studio. Each student plays a prepared piece for a small group of other students. This helps them in quite a few ways; they learn to prepare and memorize a piece, they learn to perform in an informal setting and they meet other piano students, often becoming quite inspired by other student’s more advanced pieces.
I have taught piano at my home studio for over thirty years. Most of my students stay with me from beginner levels until their senior levels. I also teach written theory to students when they require it for the RCM exams.
I am the Vice-President of the BCRMTA (Coquitlam – Maple Ridge Branch). I am also coordinating our annual North Fraser Music Festival, which takes place at the end of April.