Giraldo School of Piano

Philosophy & Methodology

The piano lesson should:

  1. seek to reap all of the benefits of piano playing. Especially those which are beneficial to the whole life of the student.
  2. have the highest artistic ends in mind from the very beginning.
  3. ideally, be Socratic - it should always prepare the student to learn through critical thinking.
  4. include motivation and inspiration, in addition to technical development/mastery of the instrument.

Motivation is about:

  1. cultivating good habits, ambition, and an environment of healthy competition.
  2. giving the student technical control/facility over their instrument.
  3. goal-setting, guiding, and encouraging.
  4. establishing a serious, professional, rapport with the student.
  5. being a role model.

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The goal of my method is to be:

EXPLICIT

The benefits of music on the young mind are indubitable. However, music education often arrives at those results inefficiently. My hope is to use, specifically, piano pedagogy as a tool to explicitly, and directly, introduce and rigorously train/exercise higher level thinking at a very early age. Teaching a clear and simple system of study allows them to process information critically and analytically, regardless of age.

EFFICIENT

The full development takes many years and each step needs to be carefully planned, taking into account the student's needs and personality, in order to elicit the very best from each and achieve optimal growth. My goals is to ensure that the steps and methods taken are the most efficient means for my ends, competitive technique and cognitive development.

EARLY

Introducing something at an early age allows more time for development. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, there are critical windows in the development of a persons brain that allow for optimal development. Children build habits and associations when they are young in ways that are not possible later on in life.

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I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

John Steinbeck

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