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September Teacher Spotlight

 

Jean Krause - Piano Teacher, Heid Music AppletonHead_Shots_005

What is your favorite part about teaching? I love to play the piano, and teaching brings it around full circle. Piano playing can be such a satisfying and fulfilling part of life, and to encourage that in people's lives is pure pleasure to me. It is great fun to watch people learn a new skill and then develop it.

What is your favorite teaching moment? It is a magical moment for children and adults alike, when after working diligently on a piece, it all falls into place. The music makes sense, the fingers are cooperating and feeling great, and the music is coming from the heart. The student knows he or she is doing something special - that is certainly a favorite teaching moment.

Head_Shots_004What is the best tip you can offer a beginning music student? I believe everyone can learn to play the piano, but that does not mean it is easy. It seems especially adults can be a little overwhelmed at times. Be patient and gracious toward yourself.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to read, walk my dog and cook vicariously through reading cooking magazines and watching cooking shows on TV. I would like to knit more, but for now my skills are limited to knitting dishcloths.