Introduction to Janice
Janice Jones was taught Piano Pedagogy at Florida Bible College while she was receiving her Bachelor’s degree. Part of her course requirements was to take Piano Pedagogy. “Pedagogy” is simply teaching teachers to teach. It was there that she began teaching piano students as part of the course-work. What she found that she absolutely loved being a piano instructor! Thus, she has been providing private piano lessons for most of her adult life.
As Janice was continually immersed in teaching, she enhanced her teaching prospectus as the years progressed. There are certain benefits that only experience can provide.
Ms. Jones began her teaching through using a traditional sight-reading method alone. But, as she began to delve into music theory to add to the study she had already received on the college level, she realized that understanding the mechanics behind the music helped her in her own prowess on the piano. Therefore, she incorporated music theory curricula into her teaching.
It was still later that she probed into an advanced study of chord structure. She discovered that playing the keyboard through the use of chords is a fun and exciting means! So, chord methodology became an inclusion in her piano instruction, as well.
Teaching with encouragement and positivity is Janice’s natural bent. Ms. Janice finds that this approach has been very successful.
Naturally, to be the best instructor possible, students’ errors must be mentioned. But, how that is done is of paramount importance. Janice endeavors to point out what was done correctly with praise, as well as what can be improved with tact.
Janice truly cares about her students and their progress in their piano studies. She has developed warm relationships with many of them that extend past the walls of the piano studio.
She welcomes new students from First Grade and forward. She has daytime availability for home schoolers. And, has had as students several adults who are well into their eighties.
Janice’s Four-Pronged Methodology
Learning to play the piano is very much like learning to read by phonics. Initially, individual notes, each with its own name and pitch are learned, just as individual letters of the alphabet are memorized. Later, these various notes—or letters—are combined to form chords or in the case of phonics, words. This method of teaching the piano is called sight reading.
It is always wise in teaching to review to reinforce what has been taught. Many times this can be done by way of a different approach so repeated information feels new. This is a good reason to include music theory as a teaching tool. Usually, music theory lessons are compiled in a workbook where the student supplies an answer in written or drawn form. Sometime the student draws notes or chords in the workbook, for example. At other times, completing a lesson involves filling in the blanks with terms or a review is led through multiple choice answers. The more senses involved in learning a concept help to cement it more concretely.
Then, the student has the opportunity to use those same concepts or chords as she or he actually plays. Chords comprise every piece of music; every song has its own unique chord structure and key. Recognizing and analyzing these chords enable one to play with greater ease and aid the student in understanding the mechanics behind the music. Additionally, a knowledge of chords enables the student to begin to improvise and create her or his own music.
My desire for each of my students is that each fine tune his or her skills. This would involve incorporating the artistic aspect of playing, so a performance would include feeling, dynamic shading, and self-expression. Each student has a unique personality and temperament and this is reflected as the student plays. As an instructor, I expect students to be special and unique. Therefore, I expect each performance to be exclusive and encourage each student to play in an individual manner, refraining from attempts to emulate another instrumentalist. It is also with the goal of fine tuning in mind that I introduce the metronome to each student after he or she has reached an intermediate level. Correct timing is what allows a piece to be played exactly as it was intended, with impeccable precision, rhythm, and speed!
Piano Lessons for Students of All Levels & Abilities
Seeking instruction for your first grader? Or are you an adult looking for a new creative outlet?
Ms. Janice will work with you to improve your musical ability on the piano or keyboard.