I have a very dear friend and colleague once say to me that the point of learning the piano is all about performance. I was quite taken aback by this thought and I couldn’t disagree with it more. Although I do think performance is very important, I don’t think that is why most students take lessons. The pure joy of playing for yourself is reason enough. As we approach the holiday season, teachers must be mindful of why their students are taking. We want to encourage our students to have the confidence to play in public but work with them if they are not. I only require one recital per year for all of my students, all others are optional. If you have students who are timid about performing, think of alternative ways for them to share their music and progress. Perhaps have them do a video or perform in small venues. Get creative, ask their opinion. They may never love to perform, but as many other things in life, it is a learning experience.
As a piano/music instructor for almost 20 years, The Piano Lesson is one of the most thorough, versatile, and well-written texts on the market. I love it because I can use it with the very young as well as on the college level with my private and group piano students. The wide scope of material allows […]
I have been teaching for over 30 years and am thrilled with The Piano Lesson! It is so convenient to have several books melded into one. My students like the idea of having fewer books to keep up with and they don’t misplace their binders. The Scale portion of the book is my favorite. The order […]
Dear Elise, I just want to write and tell you how wonderful it was this last semester to have your books for my piano pedagogy class. They are a perfect guideline for aspiring and/or inexperienced teachers who are unsure of the best order of progression in the students’ learning process and how to implement it […]
The Piano Lesson series is truly one of the most superior organizational tools I have ever seen! Every level, from primer through Grade 12, is thoughtfully outlined and includes EVERYTHING a well-rounded musician should know at every step along the way. I’m particularly impressed with the attention given to technical development, theory, vocabulary and basic […]
I have been using The Piano Curriculum Series for 3 years now and am grateful at the success and progress of each of my students. The Piano Curriculum Series organized the lessons for you so all you need to do is follow the curriculum. What I like most is the variety of music elements being taught; […]
Thank you, Elise….you have taken piano lessons and brought them up to the professional level they deserve. I am grateful to you because you have given me the confidence to begin my piano studio again here in Northwest Montana. Ellen Calvi
Very Understanding, Attention to the student during the whole duration of class, no distractions, and Very Easy to work with.
Ms. Elise is wonderful to work with! My daughter has been with her for 7 years now and I’m very satisfied with her progress. Ms. Elise is a fun and dedicated teacher. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an amazing teacher.
Elise provided a well-rounded music education for my son. He took lessons with her for 6 years and loved every minute. He not only learned piano, but theory and music history.
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