From the youngest beginner to advanced adult, the joy of music making is crucial for continuing incentive and discipline of preparation. Finding the appropriate curriculum and repertoire for each student provides a balanced approach of repertoire, music fundamentals / theory, and ear training. Investing in each of these areas leads to balanced growth and a lifetime as musical connoisseur. The following quote from Zoltán Kodály, composer and music educator, many convey this message best:
“The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: 1.) A well-trained ear. 2.) A well-trained intelligence. 3.) A well-trained heart. 4.) A well-trained hand. All four must develop together, in constant equilibrium. As soon as one lags behind or rushes ahead, there is something wrong. So far most of you have met only the requirement of the fourth point: the training of your fingers has left the rest far behind. You would have achieved the same results more quickly and easily, however, if your training in the other three had kept pace.”
— From ‘Selected Writings of Zoltán Kodály’ (Kodály, 1954)
D.M.A., New England Conservatory; M.Mus.,The Pennsylvania State University with advanced graduate work at Boston University and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
Dr. Timothy Shetler has taught studio piano and class piano in several institutions of higher education as well as for community students of all ages. In addition to piano instruction, he brings experience from teaching a variety of music courses and ensembles to the details of piano repertoire preparation and interpretation. As choral conductor and accompanist, Dr. Shetler has led concert tours throughout the Eastern U.S. and internationally to 26 countries.