Most of my students take 40-minute lessons. This gives us enough time to practice various aspects of piano music.
Basically, I teach piano, but I plan lessons flexibly according to my students' wants or needs. I have enjoyed tailoring my lessons to fulfill all of these student requests:
★ "I would like to learn piano using some English during the lesson." (For example, the student could learn the names of the clefs and notes in English as well as Japanese. It's rare for students to be able to learn that at other schools.) I can also teach entirely in English.
★ "I would like my child to learn the things needed for elementary school music examinations." (For example, I help students prepare for recorder, singing, or written tests at their parents' request.)
★ One of my adult students enjoys singing folk or pop songs while accompanying himself on the piano. Another wants to enjoy his retirement by playing enka on the piano.
I do my best to follow these requests so that my students learn in a way they enjoy!
Beginner Lessons (40 minutes) My beginners learn notes using several different approaches. They learn to play notes on the keyboard while reading sheet music. In addition to playing the piano, they also do ear and rhythm training exercises. If students master these basics, they will already have learned the scales naturally. I am careful to teach correct fingerings and other techniques. ♬
Intermediate Lessons (40 minutes) Once students become used to reading notes and are able to play pieces with both hands, then they can concentrate on listening to their music. They should learn to use the pedals based on what they hear. To prepare students for the advanced level, we enjoy learning technique particularly. We also practice phrasing and how to emphasize passages using both hands equally to prevent one hand from lagging behind the other. We use Bartok's and Kodaly's methods. ♬
Advanced Lessons (40 minutes) Advanced students can already enjoy playing many kinds of pieces, but have you ever felt that the same piece played by two pianists sounded very different? Actually, one note—C, for example—can be played in many different ways: happily or sadly, sweetly or dramatically, sharply or gently. Together, let's discover many different tone colors by playing brilliant or colorful pieces. ♬
Music High School or University Entrance Examination Preparation (40 minutes) For students who will take entrance examinations for music high schools or universities, I teach the pieces they will play for the examination in great detail. I give advice on performance and expression. In addition, I work on fundamental technique, tone color and expression, solfege, sight reading and analysis. I also teach techniques for memorizing pieces. Everything they learn in this class can help them develop their piano skills. ♬