Basically, I take students at every age and level of ability. I believe everyone can get enjoyment from playing piano. I teach mostly classical, but if a student has an interest in jazz, hymns, or some other style, I will try to incorporate that into their repertoire. Once a student reaches a certain level of playing and theory as determined by the student’s goals, then we can shift the focus to mainly that style.
I also believe in practicing efficiently and creatively. This helps the students progress faster and not dread practice time. Each lesson is spent focusing on finding creative and fun ways to practice a tough spot in a piece, as well as addressing any technique issues. I try to use the repertoire to cover most technical exercises instead of exercise books like Hanon which are repetitive and sometimes boring (if there’s a student that enjoys that, however, I do give it to them!).