Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The ideal student

I've been teaching for almost seven years. In that time, I came up with my idea of an ideal student.

Here he or she is: (The list is in order of importance)

1. The student loves music and playing the piano and wants to learn.
2. The student practices.
3. The student does everything I say. 

Those are the three requirements. Notice how musical ability is not a required attribute. It's always ridiculous when someone tells me that I'm so lucky that I am so talented and can play the piano so well. Surprise, surprise! I am not Mozart or Beethoven. I started lessons when I was five, just like many other people. Unlike other people who aren't piano teachers now or piano majors, I had the three traits above... more or less. The second and third attributes were not always 100%. I'm human! But the first attribute, loving music and playing the piano, is something that has always been a part of me. 

So there you have it! If you want to be an ideal student, here is my list of how to do it. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012


My name is Karstin Lake and I have been playing the piano since I was five years old. I started teaching piano when I was fourteen. Now, I am a senior at BYU majoring in piano. I continue to teach lessons, mostly to students who live in California via skype. I love the opportunities I have to help other people's love of music grow. I'm grateful for the huge blessing of music in my life.