By teaching students to take learning into their own hands, essentially, "learning how to learn", my aim is properly equip them with the skills and passion that leads to independent life-long learning.
I've seen too many music teachers create dependent learners: piano students who require all notes and fingerings written down for them, vocal students who are only able to learn from practice tracks, or music theory students who are are able to identify cadences within an exam context, but are stumped when asked to analyze a given piece, or stumped when asked to form musical connections with history and culture.
With every new student, I aim to fully understand their goals and create a personalized learning plan just for them. With pieces, we explore the music together, continuously asking "why" and justifying musical decisions. With theory and ear training students, I break down the learning into small chunks (called scaffolded learning), to ensure maximum success, and draw connections to repertoire all the time. Without repertoire, there is no theory. Without theory, there is no repertoire.