I strongly believe that it is important to treat each student with respect, patience and kindness. Without these three important elements, I cannot earn their trust, which is an important element to successful learning, growth and academic development. I work with the student to set clear goals for themselves. Individual lessons are a time of constructive criticism, technical guidance, and exploring musical ideas. It is expected that students are prepared for their lessons through their own daily practice sessions. I have high expectations of my students because they are expected to be prepared, diligent and ready to learn. I encourage them to fail so they can learn, have ambition so they can achieve their goals, strive and work hard for their dreams, and do what they believe is right.
Students come from a variety of ages, backgrounds, learning styles and each individual has their own strengths and weaknesses. As an applied instructor, my job is to provide instruction to these characteristics by tailoring their lessons specifically to their needs as a means to highlighting their talents and to build on their weaknesses while taking into account their musical goals.
As an instructor, my job is to quickly identify problem areas in the student’s playing and to solve them in a pragmatic matter. If one approach is not effective, I will try to find other ways to demonstrate the concept until we find a solution that works for them. My teaching approach facilitates advancement of knowledge through thoughtful reasoning by encouraging students to seek answers to the questions around us and the questions themselves. This balance allows students an opportunity to openly discuss different topics in musical performance in a positive environment, developing their own ideas and collaborating with their peers in performance. My teaching is dynamic and versatile to serve each individual student’s needs. I found that throughout my own development and observing private students and colleagues the importance of creating a unique and creative approach to learning helps better engage and motivate students to further develop their musical passions and improve their overall musicianship.
Online music lessons are becoming more popular because it allows students to have the flexibility to learn from the comfort of their own home. Currently, Kristine is accepting students from intermediate to advanced level clarinet students via Skype.