LORI SAND, ARCT
Lori’s interest and aptitude in music and piano surfaced at a young age. As early as age 3, she would sing and bang away at her grandmother’s piano. At 8 years old Lori began taking formal piano lessons. Lori eagerly and successfully participated in various recitals, competitions, and musical festivals, including Kiwanis. In grade 5, Lori’s talents caught the eye of her public school music teacher, who recommended she audition for the just-opening Claude Watson School for the Arts in North York. After three blissful years at Claude Watson, Lori was fortunate enough to be recommended to continue her studies at the prestigious Earl Haig High School Arts program. Subsequently, Lori earned her ARCT teaching diploma under the tutelage of renowned Canadian teacher and concert pianist Daryl Irvine, and has been joyfully teaching piano ever since. Lori has been teaching for over 25 years now, and has a record of successfully preparing students for Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations, recitals, and competitions, while at the same time instilling in her students a love of music.
PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
A good teacher chooses teaching materials wisely and knows how to teach the materials thoroughly— analytically, creatively, expressively.
I believe it’s necessary to recognize that fun is an important motivator for children. Consequently, early piano study should be conducted with a spirit of play. This does not imply inefficiency or haphazardness— A spirit of play in the lesson engages the student’s attention and energy, promoting deeper learning. The degree of student participation predicts the degree of musical absorption and application. A good teacher chooses teaching materials wisely and knows how to teach the materials thoroughly— analytically, creatively, expressively. This allows the teacher to exploit the strengths of each student’s learning style while at the same time stimulating less-developed learning areas through feedback, physical modeling, and personalized supplementary materials that celebrate individual student interests.