I believe that a teacher is required to expect the most of their students by creating an environment that fosters growth through discipline, perseverance, and hard work.
Hello. This is my story.
Luke Benedict, 24, born in Winchester, Virginia, began his piano studies at age 5. He has played the piano for 18 years and has spent the last 6 years studying at Lynn University, Eastman School of Music, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At Eastman and Boston Conservatory, Luke has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings, ranging from orchestral works, chamber music, and solo works. In addition, he has taken master classes from Svetozar Ivanov at University of South Florida, Norman Krieger at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Rebecca Penneys. Over the past few years, Luke has attended both the Brevard Music Festival and Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival during the summer. He has attended the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival for the past three years and hopes to broaden his outlook by working with different professors of piano. Luke has performed his own works around the U.S., including Oklahoma, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, and New York. Luke, the next few years, will be pursuing a bachelor degree in music composition at Lynn University; studying with Dr. McKinley in composition, and Roberta Rust in piano performance.
I believe that a teacher is required to expect the most of their students by creating an environment that fosters growth through discipline, perseverance, and hard work. Each student is different, and catering to these individual needs so a student has the opportunity to learn is of paramount import.
Teaching is a process that requires a back and forth between individuals who are dedicated to the materials at hand. My philosophy centers around explanations that complement this back and forth and lead to a greater understanding of the concepts at hand. As I proactively learn the different methods required to explain different ideas, both the student and the teacher benefit positively from this back and forth. My goal is to foster this environment as efficiently as I possibly can.