My keen ear, musical sensitivity, and tremendous insights are easily recognized by the perceptive listener and can be systematically transmitted from myself to the student so as to affect the shaping of melodies, balance of musical lines, and rhythmic flow.
I expect my serious students to practice two to four hours of practice daily. Although the long-range goal may be a public recital, the immediate incentive is preparing for the next lesson. The nature of my lessons are demanding and uncompromising. No matter how prepared the student is for the lesson, I use that preparation as a basis for further study into the score, looking for more depth of musical expression, solving technical difficulties, and taking the performance to a higher level of achievement and understanding.
The students therefore know what can be accomplished, how to achieve results from their practice, how to listen in depth to their own playing, and what to expect when they listen to others. They have learned a great deal of repertoire from their own studies and from listening to other students in performance classes and recitals. They have learned principles of technique that ensure looseness and flexibility. They know how to establish goals for learning repertoire. They have learned principles of musical expression that can be applied to all music, and they have learned how to play with color, how to shape a melody, and how to adapt to different pianos. They are indeed ready for whatever musical opportunities await them!
The Piano Lineage of Dr. Archie Chen
My Student Stan O' Beirne in a TV5 Documentary