How the Stetson School of Music Influenced Piano Lessons in Ellicott City, Maryland
Walking into the Stetson School of Music to teach at the Stetson Community School of Music, where we had access to a variety of pianos and their music library, was a revitalizing feeling – it also didn’t hurt to be surrounded by so many talented musicians practicing and rehearsing!
One of the best benefits of teaching there was the direct input, feedback, and advice I received from my teacher and mentor, Dr. Michael Rickman.
Through our year-long piano pedagogy class, we would research and discuss methods, repertoire, and teaching in addition to getting experience by teaching through the Community School. I cannot begin to express how much I grew as a teacher and musician through this, especially when Dr. Rickman would take the time to observe each of us teaching piano lessons and give us notes to discuss in class.
I mean this sincerely: Stetson, and Dr. Rickman in particular, profoundly changed my life. They both dramatically deepened my understanding of music and enabled the career I’m pursuing now. Thank you!