I am willing to teach students of any background or ability, but I do expect the students that I teach to have a certain level of commitment towards their studies. Practice requirements for students will be tailored to the students needs, but I generally require a minimum of 30 minutes a day. To help students become rounded musicians and reach their highest potential they will be expected to practice technical exercises every week (for example: 5 finger patterns, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc.) as well as aural or rythmic exercises as needed. I am very open to consider developing areas or pieces my students are particularly interested in, but I will also expect them to work on pieces that will help them stretch as individuals. Students will not be required to memorize everything that they play, but they will be required to memorize several recital pieces each year. Parents will be invited to sit in during the lessons, and practice with students when possible. I feel that I connect especially well with students who play sports, because I have played many sports throughout my life (baseball being my primary sport), although I enjoy teaching all students who have a desire to learn and put their best foot forward.