Each lesson that I teach is individually crafted. It is Tailor Made for that individual student. What works for one person will not necessarily be appropriate for someone else for many reasons that are deeper than individual learning styles. I draw upon my 30 years of teaching experience to tailor a lesson that fits each student, regardless of their abilities or experience. I do not use method books or exercises as I have found that they are very limiting and again will not work for everyone. One size does not fit all.
If you wanted an amazing dress or suit made for you, you would go to a first class tailor or dressmaker, and discuss with them what you would like them to create for you. Instead of measuring up my students with a tape measure, I ask a lot of questions to find out what the student would like to do.
What are types of music do they really like?
Who are their favorite singers and performers?
What sort of instrument do they have?
Do they read music?
Do they sing?
Have they had any lessons before?
If the student is a young child, I will devise movement and rhythm activities that will allow me to evaluate their co-ordination skills, their listening skills, and their capacity to follow directions.
Part of each Tailor Made Music Lesson is listening carefully to the wishes of my students. This means that I can come up with several suggestions on types of songs, music they might listen to and actively involve the student in the decision process. This is an ongoing collaborative process which is crucial to the success of the lessons. They students naturally want to play, or sing and put their energy into practicing, as they have made the choices on what to learn.