One Size Does Not Fit All!
Your child’s learning style might not fit their music teacher.
Can that teacher change to help? Or are they stuck with one approach?
Over the past 30 years teaching private music lessons, I’ve noticed that most students either like to play by ear or they like note reading.
Play by ear students do well with the Suzuki method. Note readers like learning from method books.
Some are drawn to chord charts and lead sheets.
And students who mostly want to improvise and create their own music? They’re pretty much out of luck.
Most music teachers are so concerned about their own livelihood, they don’t ask whether they are a good fit for your child.
I began traditional piano lessons (method books) when I was 6. I started Suzuki violin lessons at 8. While playing violin full time in a symphony after grad school, I taught myself to play by ear and improvise. When I left symphony work, I taught myself to read chord charts and played in a Jazz trio. In church now, I have to be able to create arrangements from chord charts and also play anthems as a strict classical player. Its been a lot of fun. I really enjoy many different styles of music. Each has its only little sub language.
Sometimes its best to find a teacher that can actually do what they tell their students to try.
He was just as fantastic with my younger children as he was with my older, more accomplished, child.
David Paul is an outstanding teacher, worthy of much praise and recognition. As a performer and musician, he is phenomenal and awe-inspiring; but more than that, his incredible devotion to music makes him a wonderful teacher. David has taught three of my children over the last six years. He was just as fantastic with my younger children as he was with my older, more accomplished, child. He is smart and quite amiable, yet firm. When taking a new student, he always seems to recognize what style of teaching that would best be employed.David takes his work seriously; he is always prompt for each lesson and responds quickly with any emails or phone calls outside of lessons. I highly recommend you consider him as your teacher. He has proven to be astounding and stupendous in the art of music.
David immediately impressed me with his quiet, attentive manner.
To Whom It May Concern: I would highly recommend David Paul as a piano teacher. My children had lost all of their love and passion for piano due to the highly structured and systematic approach their previous teacher employed. Trying new music and composing on their own was frowned upon by their previous teacher, and this unfortunately affected my children’s interest in continuing with their lessons. David was referred to me by a friend whose son was a student of his. David immediately impressed me with his quiet, attentive manner. He embraced my children’s need to be creative in their playing, as well as encouraged them to present pieces they wanted to learn. Even though we were only able to have David as our teacher for one year, the progress my children made was amazing. They began to tinker and compose at the piano again; they would happily sit down and play daily; they were excited for lesson time. I can’t express how grateful we are to have met David and to have benefited from his talent.
David Paul is a tremendously qualified and honorable teacher.
David always had a calm and pleasant demeanor when he would arrive, with a smile for the students. When giving critiques, he had a soothing way of correcting without embarrassing or belittling. It seemed like my daughter was empowered after a lesson. She was given the tools she needed to improve and the mental boost to know she could accomplish the task. Some of our favorite moments were when David would preview a song for the student, playing from beginning to end. His talent was obvious and it was such a joy to hear what the piece should sound like before attempting it. David Paul is a tremendously qualified and honorable teacher. Anyone would be fortunate to learn from him, young and old alike. I highly recommend him as a music teacher and as a person.
His patient instruction and musical experience helped our students develop their own musical style and confidence at the piano.
David Paul is an accomplished musician and teacher. Our 4 boys have had the privilege of working with David for over 9 years and they have all progressed very well at the piano, both musically and technically. David has a well-balanced approach to teaching, developing technique and creativity in each musician. He challenges the student to work hard and strive to play to their potential, while exploring a variety of musical styles and the student's musical taste. David encourages and instructs the student to express their musical personality by not only reading the notes, but developing musical interpretation. Each of our musicians has a very different approach to the piano, and David has worked well with each personality and musical ability. His patient instruction and musical experience helped our students develop their own musical style and confidence at the piano. He brings out the best in each musician! We highly recommend David Paul!
He works as well with beginning and just-for-fun players as he does with committed prodigies. We are so happy!”
"After having a few very so-so experiences with some local teachers, I finally asked a friend whose daughter went to Denver School of the Arts for the number of their violin teacher. She told me that David was the only reason her daughter survived the orchestra program there. My daughter, who has an excellent ear but at that time little skill, started with David soon after that conversation. Now she also attends DSA. He was and is great at meeting her where she’s at with the perfect amount of kind nurturing combined with firm expectations. He works as well with beginning and just-for-fun players as he does with committed prodigies. We are so happy!"
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