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Teaching musicians since 1996.
HI! My name is Emmie King and I am a classically trained pianist. I teach children and adults from the beginner to the early advanced stage. My Studio is located at my home in North Laurel, Maryland and I have a dedicated waiting room and teaching area available.
9838 Snow Bird Lane Laurel, Maryland 20723
*Private study with Dr. Jeffery A. Smith - Performance and Theory
*Howard Community College - Applied Music
*University of Maryland at College Park - Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, Applied Performance
*New England Conservatory of Music - Continuing Music Education Program
*Private study with Dr. Michael Habermann - Pedagogy and Theory
*The Butler School of Piano Technology - Tuning, Regulation, and Restoration
I started teaching out of my home in 1996 and have continued teaching private lessons at the E.C.King Piano Studio as well as previously teaching at the Music & Arts Center . I use method books such as Bastien, Alfred, and Schaum along with the technical studies of Hanon and Czerny for beginner and intermediate students. Advanced students broaden their repertoire using sheet music from various periods in music history. I supplement lessons with review worksheets that are customized for the learning style of each student. I also incorporate duet, ensemble, and accompaniment aspects into lessons. Students are encouraged to choose non-classical music that they are interested in playing, such as pop, blues, and jazz.
Everyone is unique! I treat each student as an individual with their own learning style and musical interests. I continually assess strengths and abilities to customize lessons and song choices. I believe that there is a strong connection between theory and performance so I intertwine both aspects into lessons while keeping the material fun. I also promote the idea that performance opportunities offer additional rewards like building confidence, performance (memorization) skills, and sense of accomplishment.
There are MANY positive effects that music can provide to young students and mature adult students. I believe that music is a language and having a solid foundation of the musical building blocks will help you to build a solid understanding of the language. In saying that, I have seen that taking lessons consistently allows the student to retain their knowledge and reduce frustration (don't take the summers off). As with most new skills, if you don't use it, you lose it.
Benefits of Music Education:
* Music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention and updating events in our memory.
* Music helps dementia patients recall memories and emotions.
* People who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have
enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
* Learning an instrument produces greater control over hand-eye coordination.
* Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from
* Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who
do not participate in music lessons.
* Learning an instrument boosts self esteem, social interaction, and patience.
* Students learn about different cultures and history.