As more adults express a new interest in learning music in recent years, I've gotten this question pretty often, and it's one of my favorites to answer! I do indeed focus almost completely on teaching beginning students - and I LOVE it. Over my years of teaching I've taught students at all levels, and in time, I discovered I loved working with beginners of any age the most.
Teaching beginners is incredibly rewarding - I'm reminded multiple times per day why I chose to play music when I see the excitement a new student feels in lessons. Helping a beginner student - of any age - grasp a new concept and be proud of their accomplishments fills me with such joy, and I often tell students “I hope you're as proud of yourself as I am.”
With beginner music lessons, I'm focused just as much - and possibly more - on the JOY of making music as on drilling technical work. That doesn't mean, of course, that we totally disregard technique in my lessons! It simply means all lessons are student-focused. For example, a student who wishes to learn how to strum a guitar around a campfire with friends doesn't require daily notation reading assignments to enjoy their instrument. Their goals are to start playing confidently as soon as possible, and I do everything I can to help them reach that goal.
I do my best to choose methods and repertoire that help students feel accomplished and keep them motivated while they learn big things in music lessons. In the beginning, having fun and feeling like you're making progress are really key indicators for a long-term enjoyment of music, and that's where I come in. We laugh a lot, we play games, and we try lots of approaches to ensure students are getting what they want and need from lessons.
If you or your child are a total newbie to learning music, get in touch today and let's make some musical magic together!