I have the honor to teach some of the most talented outgoing and engaged young people through the LPSS Talented program. To succeed in studying their instruments, my students are called daily to face their own limitations and overcome them to reach their potential. They are critical thinkers, problem solvers, risk takers sensitive to beauty and understand the interdependent relationship they have when they perform with others.
Truly, in mastering a musical instrument students develop the skills it takes to be a citizen in a highly functioning community.
The capstone of my curriculum is a public studio recital where students rehearse and perform with a professional piano accompanist. Even in their immediate response to the collaboration with the pianist, one could plainly see my students' pride and self assurance.
My Talented Music curriculum provides students a chance prepare a solo piece to be performed with piano accompaniment. In the weeks leading up to the performance, I contract a professional pianist to rehearse with each student at their lesson in their school. The performance comes together and takes place at the dignified Acadiana Center for the Arts in the midst of their Talented Visual Arts peers artworks.
A Piano Accompanist truly bridges the gap for my students individual pursuit to performing a graded piece of music at a professional level in the community arts space.
It is in these solo recital opportunities that my young musicians of various backgrounds can realize their potential with the dignity of a professional musician.
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