Well written or well performed music is more than just notes on a page, it’s a puzzle to be solved and provides insight into the human condition. Through the study of repertoire, ear training, sight reading, theory, and history, one has the tools to solve the puzzle and further evolve as an artist and, above all, as a human being. I feel studying music should first and foremost be fun, and in addition its purpose can be greater, such as to further develop patients, discipline, dedication, and the desire to learn and expand attitudes and ideas. It should foster a sense of pride in ones accomplishments, further intellectual abilities, provide a creative outlet for the artist, and emphasize the importance of art and culture in a rapidly changing society. As with all art forms, performing and writing music is yet another means of communicating, exchanging ideas, and developing insight into oneself as both an artist and individual. My teaching philosophy is simple: If, in addition to accumulating musical knowledge and skills, a student takes away from their lesson any positive experience such as a feeling of self satisfaction, pride, accomplishment, patients, discipline, dedication, and/or a desire to learn and better oneself my job has been a successful one.