My philosophy is to push you to exceed your expectations and reach your goals while still having fun. I will push you, but gently and show you a lot of effective ways of practicing so that you achieve more in less time. I am big on technique and really believe in the importance of developing a solid technique, which I will help you to acquire. A strong technique will give you the tools you need to play whatever you want skillfully. With a commanding technique you will be able to focus on making beautiful music. After all it is all about the music !
Speaking of the music, I feel music has two sides, the side where you feel and connect with the music, composer and performer emotionally. There is also a scientific / mathematical side to music which is called music theory. Having an understanding of the analytical side of music helps you to understand what you are playing. Unforgettable performances are the result of deep analysis, emotional connection to what the composer has written and brilliant technical skill. When these elements are bridged together the results are astounding.
I generally divide the lesson into three sections:
- Repertoire/Music History
- Music Theory
I feel it is important to bring all of these elements into all areas of music education, particularly performance. I find it is also important to have some historical background on the composer and time period of whatever music you are playing so we will discuss these issues as well during the lessons and I will encourage you to do a little research on the composer of whatever music you are playing. This information is invaluable. What is most important is that you are enjoying your music educational experience. Looking forward to your lessons, enjoying your practice time and having a sense of accomplishment. I will push you to exceed your own expectations but you will set the pace as well as determine what music you desire to play.
Jamila Sahar holds a Certificate of Educational Partnership with Steinway & Sons