Chris believes in student-centered education; before the music, pedagogy, or performance goals. She maintains that having fun is an important aspect of the lesson, and that playfulness in the lesson engages the attention and energy of the student, promoting deeper learning. If students are having fun, musical proficiency will follow. Chris enjoys the opportunity to nurture other positive characteristics such as creativity, curiosity, confidence, and discipline, as well as providing an emotional outlet, and helping students understand how the process relates to the end result.
Chris consistently involves students in their musical education through the use of the Piano Adventures Curriculum, and by seeking out, writing, and/or arranging personalized supplementary materials that celebrate their individual interests and talents. Through a combination of respect, listening, patience, innovation, and enthusiasm, she provides helpful feedback and physical modeling when developing and practicing new skills. The piano is Chris's tool for introducing students to many styles of music, helping them progress as musicians, and developing a lifelong appreciation of music.