John Heath's Philosophy
Students should be allowed to progress at their own pace.
The most important job of the instructor is to keep the student interested in learning.
Various methods are employed to maximize the students learning and enjoyment. The Faber method is especially effective and is used most often.
Students are encouraged to play classical as well as pop and jazz. This gives them an appreciation for not only various styles, but also a view of the historical development of music.
Ultimately, students will choose the pieces they want to learn. This nurtures their passion for learning.
Note reading, piano technique theory and rhythm exercises are given on a weekly basis in order to develop a solid musical foundation. Once a student has this foundation, they can apply it to any instrument they want to learn.
Practice is an essential part of becoming proficient. Students should practice their assignments at least 5 times during the week between lessons.