Teaching Philosophy

  1. Music is for Everyone

Music is a natural form of human expression that everyone can learn. In fact, scientists at MIT discovered that specific parts of the human brain are used only for processing music: no other kinds of sounds! Humans have been creating music for millennia and it is something we are all capable of learning.

  1. Personally Designed Lessons

Everyone has different goals with music lessons: individual music tastes, the amount of time dedicated to practice, the level of expertise each person wants to reach, and so on. At Vivid Music Learning, we don’t place you inside a mold. We ask you what you want to learn and achieve. We encourage the discovery and exploration of new styles, but we do not limit all students to the same pieces because of some pre-determined path to mastery. When you’re learning what you love, you learn better and faster.

The same applies for our approach to presenting new material. Not everyone understands information in the same way: that is part of the beauty and complexity of communication. When a concept is not understood after the typical explanation or analogy, we won’t keep parroting the same words until it “clicks”. We seek out new explanations and analogies until everything is truly understood.

  1. Creativity Comes First

Learning an instrument is a complicated task, but that does not mean that it must be boiled down into dry, academic steps. From the first lessons, we encourage you to use your imagination and to foster a love of playing. It is when these elements of music learning are absent that students quit. We do everything we can to inspire you, so that you have a vivid experience learning music.

  1. Holistic Learning

Music is not intended to be studied in isolation. The greatest artists are those with a broad knowledge of other art forms and subjects. We encourage our students to explore all of the arts: to listen to recordings they haven’t heard before, to explore the worlds of opera and ballet, to spark an interest in art and architecture. But we also encourage our students to apply musical knowledge to other fields: What can we learn about music through science? How are music and literature related? How can I use my musical knowledge to make my history class more interesting (or vice versa)?