Teaching Philosophy

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

Music learning supports all learning. The effects of music education are well documented. Playing music is not only fun but has demonstrated social, cognitive, and educational benefits as well. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing students growing into musicians because we know that their skill will be a source of happiness for the rest of their lives

“Never discourage anyone . . . who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato

We take seriously our job as music educators. TMS teachers will always confirm students’ understanding after concepts have been taught. If necessary, skills will be retaught in different ways, allowing students to progress at their own speed. A great deal of what good teachers do is assisting students in discovery; sometimes, those paths of learning are different.

"Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”

- Anatole France

Learning to play a musical instrument is hard work. All of the instructors at TMS are patient and will be positive and upbeat in their support of students. 

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada

At TMS, our teachers understand that there is no “Holy Grail” of music instruction. It is the job of educators to alter the way they teach to best match students’ learning styles. We have many different types of “method books” at TMS, and will make use of this diversity to find right match for each student. We also have a large teaching library which gives us the flexibility to choose the most engaging music for each student

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

Music is what human emotions sound like.  There are some things that music can express better than words….the indescribable.  Sounds of music are interwoven into the fabric of our daily lives,  and express and amplify our emotions like nothing else can. By teaching this “joy in creative expression”, we give wings to our students’ imaginations.