The Piano Studio of Frances WuEveryone has the potential to create music and it is my goal to assist each student in reaching theirs. My teaching can be divided into five aspects: I not only teach my students to play pieces ("songs"), but also emphasize technique, theory, ear training, and sightreading to produce a well-rounded musician.
In particular, the performance, technique, and theory aspects are arranged into levels, beginning with Preparatory then levels 1 through 10, so the student and parent always clearly know where he or she is at. This also motivates the student to continue working hard so he or she can advance to the next level.
"What is Technique?" you may ask. Technique is the foundation of physically being able to play the piano. It consists of scales (first beginning with the simplified version called "five finger patterns"), arpeggios, cadences (chord progressions), and many other exercises. All musical pieces in the Western Classical style are basically a unique combination of these elements.
"What is Theory?" you may ask, and "Why is it important?"
Theory is more than just a bunch of written exercises. It is the foundation of mentally and logically being able to understand music. To one who does not understand theory, music is a bunch of notes that just happen to sound nice. But one who understands theory appreciates the structure of a piece, much in the same way that knowing grammar and sentence structure helps one understand a language.