As a teacher my goal is to teach music in a way that develops the love for music in each student and inspires them to succeed.
It is very important to create a well-balanced curriculum incorporating carefully selected and graded repertoire, technique, performance, theory and historical background, as well as introducing to students the correct and efficient way to practice. Here are some principles that I try to introduce to my students:
Expressing yourself through music and thinking beyond notes
Understanding of musical terms such as articulation, dynamics, rhythm, and forward motion
Learning to listen to yourself while playing
Using imagination to "unlock" a character of the piece you are performing
Developing and building technique
Playing from the heart with joy
I believe all the above will help to develop each student to their full musical potential, and will help to cultivate the student’s love of music.
Benefits of Music Studies
Learning to play a music instrument or composing music could be a rewarding experience filled with joy. Through music, we could express our feelings, thoughts, and emotions.
Recent studies have linked music training, and particularly piano instruction, with enhanced spatial-temporal ability, abstract reasoning, higher scores on standardized tests, reading proficiency exams, and higher SAT scores. Spatial-temporal reasoning is the ability not only to recognize difference between objects but also to be able to form the mental images of physical objects. It is a key to the higher brain function required in mathematics, physics and engineering.
Children who study music usually successful in multiple areas of life. Learning to play piano helps to develop discipline, time management, self-esteem, emotional expression, and patience.
Here are links to articles you might find interesting:
"Will Piano Lessons Make My Child Smarter?" and
"Is Music the Key to Success?".