At WKMT, we provide students with tools, building the necessary foundation that allows them to create their procedures to work out technical and expressive decisions upon the pieces they study.
This line of teaching proposes a paradigm where the learning process is perceived and carried out as a dynamic, participatory and interactive process of the student so that knowledge is an authentic construction operated by the learner.
We teach our students independent learning.
One of the main points in this line of thinking is to ignite in the student a set of cognitive skills that allow them to optimise their learning processes, applying it to the Piano technique.
How does it work?
We encourage our students to become aware of their mental processes and strategies (metacognition) in order to control and modify them (autonomy), improving performance and learning efficiency.
In Music Pedagogy, there is a technique that is has been successful in teaching in this line of thinking, the Scaramuzza technique, which gives the student the tools to exert the correct steps to follow in a productive way to achieve the desired results. We specialise in this technique at our London studio
Which is the role of the teacher at WKMT?
The teacher’s role starts in finding what the student traits and potential are.
Confidence, guidance and motivation are essential to a successful outcome, working towards a self-training rather than mere correction, balancing between encouragement and authority.
The teacher’s role is to be a facilitator who guides the student to organise contents that are relevant, functional and well structured so that they can be internalised and learned in a comprehensive and non-mechanical way.
The teacher should permanently diagnose the emotional state, the cognitive level and the interests of the student, promoting learning autonomy.
At WKMT, we work as a reliable team, with one technical framing given by the Scaramuzza technique, and the pedagogical outlines inherited from the prestigious European lineage that gave concert pianists such as Martha Argerich, Bruno Gelber o Sergio Tiempo.
The outline is shaped under our tailored-student programmes and our weekly reports sent to the students or student’s parents to keep an efficient track of their progress and facilitating the communication between both parties.
Both reports and student programmes are supervised continuously by WKMT founder and Director, Juan Rezzuto, and our Educational Director, Gisela Paterno, ensuring a consistent and successful training to the students under WKMT tutelage.
WKMT is unique among other studios, as provides training to their teachers and pedagogical guidance, from the contents to the methodology and most importantly, assisting in building a fruitful and harmonious relationship between students, parents and teachers.
OUR GOALS AS TEACHERS
The learning path has two main goals:
To provide our students with the necessary confidence and artistry to perform live, either in our music festivals or to sit for the ABRSM examinations.
To promote the love and passion for music, a relationship that we consider indispensable for any person interested in playing an instrument and will accompany the students for life and not only during their music lessons.
Both goals have a unified ambition: to build and foster skills such as attention to details, concentration and focus, responsibility and dedication, which will be transferable to achieve any level of proficiency in our student’s lives.