Coffee Notes Music

Music Philosophy

It can be easy to become overwhelmed with the rigours of accuracy and perfection that are required to become an excellent musician: it is necessary for the player to look beyond the printed page to include fundamental knowledge and artistic expression as a part of their playing experience.  For that reason, students will be encouraged to enhance their learning experiences by:

  Playing With Passion.   When performing, a pianist should be able to convey images and feelings. Rather than just playing static pitches (unless so indicated in the music), students will be encouraged to bring the music to life, adding vitality and emotion.

  Creating Successes.   Students who languish on a specific piece of music may become discouraged, frustrated, and eventually give up, even to the point of turning their back on the musical instrument! It is important therefore, that students learn pieces that are challenging but within their ability to learn and master.  Once this success has been accomplished, only then will players will feel encouraged to continue and move forward to other challenges.

  Having a Solid Theoretical Grounding.   In order to play a musical instrument property, one needs to know 

the language.  For this reason, students are introduced to the theory of music in tandem with working 

on the piano.  This is a very important component and it is given appropriate amounts of time.

  Being Creative.   Once basic fundamentals have been introduced, students are highly encouraged to exhibit their own creativity by composing their own works. While doing so, they will be expected to follow the theory of music and create their own musical imagery.  On occasion, they will be asked to transcribe and/or record their work.