“Why we teach music? Not because we expect you to be majoring in music (though you can if you want to with our programs). Not because we expect you to sign all your life. Not so you can relax, not so you can just have fun…
But so you will recognize beauty, so you will be sensitive, so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world. So you will have something to cling to. So you will have more love, compassion, gentleness, good, in short… more life!” (Anonym)
Teaching piano to children – Ilkim Tongur
“I aim children to love making music, I think this is the most important part of all because rest will come. I remember as a child how curious I was at the piano, I was thrilled with learning new tricks. I was amazed at the mathematics in the notes. I was thirsty to make beautiful noise all the time. I remember I felt so alive when I was practicing piano. This fascination is what I want to spread. Because making music is just fantastic!
I love children in general because I get their funny way of thinking. I usually go along with them, and when I am teaching, I have lots of fun myself, so do they in return. I feel natural with children, and I am being more straight forward and clear. They get it perfectly!
In piano lessons, first we will meet, and I will get to know your son or daughter and introduce the piano. Then I try to determine his way of learning/thinking with some musical games. I use some basic instructions for beginning, then I prefer to start with my own method. After a while, I start adding some basic books which will be both fun and instructive. Meanwhile, we start building repertoire as well. I give some basic exercises time to time according to need but prefer to melt them into pieces so they will make musical sense as much as possible and the child won’t get bored.
I also add some music theory later on, maybe five-ten minutes in each lesson, because it is always important to understand how and why. For example, let’s say, if your child develops some interest in jazz in the future we can continue to learn jazz theory as well.
We can always work on any popular pieces as he or she likes, starting with easy arrangements and these will develop as we go. I make the arrangements according to child’s level and meanwhile I will consider his or her technical development.”