^_^ Kindly don’t make unsubstantiated assumptions about our teaching method, hey? We tailor our teaching to every student’s individual learning style, and for the vast majority (i.e. everybody who didn’t arrive with the up-front stated goal of “I want to learn this exact piece of music with classical precision!”), composition, ear training, and improvisation are among the first skills adopted after learning to identify the notes and keys. Encouraging creative branching of skills is one of the most effective ways to help students acquire better technical musical skills, since they have to figure out how to use the instrument with more complexity if they want to produce more and more complex creations. As they get good enough at simple creations to grow bored with the simplicity, they become self-driven to improve their skills, discover previously unrecognized musical genres and artists as examples and sources of inspiration, and continue creating in ever greater variation.
Good evening, all; we’re Estelore, and it’s lovely to meet you!
We major in linguistics and teach piano for a living. The more time we spend around our young students, the more we want the world to be a happier place for them to inhabit. We’re deconstructionist and Discordian, and we found our way here by way of our pal Hedo, who might or might not be a member of the site (not sure).
You’re welcome to ask us questions about whatever piques your minds.