My name is Hannah Rogers, and I am a senior at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Georgia. I would like to take a few minutes and tell you how I am impacting my community through education in the Arts. For the past three years, I have been a piano teacher, teaching children at my school ranging in ages from four to twelve. All of my students learn and practice basic piano and theory skills. I started out with two students, and my business has grown, reaching its maximum of seven students in 2006. All of my students work extremely hard to put on a recital held in November, often working up the very day of the performance. They perform solo pieces and duets in many different genres of music including classical, jazz, and contemporary.
In order for them to succeed at the recital, it was necissary for me to realize that my students are all different. They all have a different learning style, and the methods that work for one student may not work for the others. I pride myself in being able to reach out to all students no matter what age or learning style, but this has not always been the case. Thoughout my entrepreneurship, I have come some students who have a natural musical ability and a few who do not. I have learned over the years how to recognize and reach out to those students in need. I often remind my students not to be discouraged if they do not understand the material right away, because playing the piano takes more than talent; it takes style and didication.
In the past three years, my students and I have been able to overcome many obstacles in order to put on a successful recital. While some of my piano students have trouble remembering to practice, others struggle with musical theory, and still others have problems reading music. Although sometimes during the lesson both student and teacher can get a little frusterated, all of my students are able to learn their music in time for my annual recital in November.
The picture I have sent was taken after the first recital in November of 2006. All of my students are pictured, holding a certificate documenting their excellent peformance skills and a special reward for playing so well.