I was singing and playing anything I could get my hands on from the time I was tiny. In the process, my parents took me very seriously. So these days I respect the power parents have to foster their children’s musical lives. What’s more, I’ve heard so many poignant stories from old and new friends over the years:
If someone had just supported my interest…
If my teacher or parents had listened to what I wanted to learn…
These stories and my fundamental passion for music-making inform my approach. Because I use the musical interests of my students to move them forward. And by the way, some of my coolest students are grownups. :)
Also, FYI, I have three grown artist sons, including two touring musicians who had a big impact on my teaching philosophy. I learned from their determination to be who they are to respect every student’s vision for their unique musical self-expression. For instance, what are their musical interests and goals? We explore this question together as we make music and learn its universal language.
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Teresa Young coaches by phone and in person, teaches in Los Angeles, and coaches via Skype outside the U.S.