As you've probably figured out by now, a great deal of piano teachers specialize in Early Childhood Music Education. Considering that it's where the bulk of the business is at, it obviously makes sense. That said, Adult and Early childhood education are definitely not the same.
What are the key differences?
Well, we can refer to the writings of Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer of adult education who identified 5 key characteristics of adult learners. They are:
Self-Concept As a person matures his/her self concept moves from one of dependency toward self-autonomy. (Adult learners may need guidance, but they certainly don't want to bossed or babied.)
Adult Learner Experience As a person matures he/she accumulates experiences that become increasing resources for learning. (The adult instructor needs to have a clear sense where the student is at, and how the learning process can build upon what the student has already come to know.)
Readiness to Learn As a person matures his/her readiness to learn becomes oriented to the developmental tasks of his/her social roles. (The learning process closely relates to who the person is and what he or she is trying to become.)
Orientation to Learning As a person matures his/her time perspective becomes geared more toward the immediacy of application. As a result, the adult learner expects lessons that are hands on, practical and can be put to work right away.
Motivation to Learn As a person matures motivation becomes intrinsic. The skillful adult teacher pinpoints the core of the student's internal motivation, and builds upon it strategically. If the learner is out of touch with his or her intrinsic motivation, the skillful instructor helps him find it.
The technical term for this theory is "andragogy". The key principal behind it is that adult education requires its own specialists, methods and approaches. The opposite approach is when teachers reflect back what it was like for them to learn music in their own childhood, then begin assuming an juvenile/adult relationship with their adult students, even if the student is much older.
If you've ever found yourself being talked over or down to at a lesson, I hope you'll try a lesson with me today and experience something very different. I'm not just a performer. I specialize in Adult Music Education and if you take a trial lesson, you will experience a totally different dynamic.
Eddie Landsberg, MA, Ed.M, B.Mus
An internationally respected music theorist and performer, Eddie was born and raised in Philadelphia and began classical piano training at the age of 5, starting Jazz Studies at Philadelphia's famous Settlement Music School in his teens. Switching to Hammond Organ in his mid 20's, he received his first organ lesson from the legendary Shirley Scott then studied Jazz composition and performance with Blue Note Recording artist Big John Patton. He also received guidance from Austin Mitchell (a favorite accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald) and began performing alongside Byard Lancaster and other "old school" Philly and East Coast Jazz and R&B legends. After recording several CDs which received national air play ( NPR, WBGO and hundreds of radio stations across in the U.S), Eddie became one of the original factory demonstrators for the original Nord Electro, touring Europe to promote their product. Shortly after, he moved to Japan where he spent almost 20 years teaching, leading bandstands and running his own venue which was featured on NHK and in magazines throughout the country. While there, he also did vocal and performance coaching for Victor Records, and was involved in promotions for Yamaha Motorcycles and the Mori Building (celebrating the opening of the famous Roppongi Hills Complex.) Eddie currently resides in Astoria, Queens and is creator of the "7 Secrets of Jazz and Soul" Jazz improv series.
Education: BA in Music, Thomas Edison State University MA Liberal Studies (focus onEthnomusicology and Critical Jazz Studies), Rutgers University (Capstone with Honors) Ed.M, Rutgers University, specializing in Adult Education Recordings | Publications | Interviews
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