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Alejandro is a consummate music teacher and performer. His passion for quality music education led him to found TopMusicTeachers.com with the hopes of revolutionizing the private music teaching industry. His experience as a professional educator has made him significantly aware of the difficulties of finding quality instruction that students and families face, and of the frustrations that music teachers have when working in traditional school environments. Top Music Teachers aims to put an end to these frustrations and uncertainties for once and for all.

On top of a being a soloist, recitalist and collaborative pianist, Alejandro has dedicated a great part of his life to music teaching. His students have won numerous prizes at both local and national levels, and are starting to make a name on their own. Alejandro is currently on faculty at Kwantlen University, he has previously instructed piano at McGill University and taught other keyboard and theory courses at the same institution. He is also the Artistic Director of the Blueridge International Chamber Music festival, which features a two-week chamber music workshop for young musicians aged 12-19, and a series of concerts featuring some of Canada’s most distinguished musicians.

 

STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

© Alejandro Ochoa

 

As a teacher my principal aim is to inspire a passion for learning. More specifically, I believe this is accomplished when the student realizes that regardless of the stage where they are in their musical formation, they have the means to tap into the full expressive potential of the music they perform by understanding its essence, and with that understanding, that they can build the technical means necessary to produce the desired result. In other words, I believe that intellectually understanding the character of the music is the primordial element on which we build all the necessary technical and musical elements. Transmitting this “essence” is afterall the purpose of music and the main reason of what brings students tolearn it. By giving a vocabulary for this often instinctive appreciation true learning begins to take place.

Musical understanding without control of the means of musical production (technique) clearly amounts to little more than nothing, and therefore all aspects of proper technique are by necessity a central feature of my teaching. I constantly remind my students that if they want to learn how to play they first have to learn how to listen. Listening is the testing ground to verify that our technical experiments are correct.

In my many years of teaching it has become clear that the most important thing students need to learn is how to go about efficient and effective learning. Therefore I often bring aspects of cognitive sciences and psychology into my teaching. Every student is unique in his or her challenges, talents and psychology and therefore as a teacher I strive to provide a custom approach to the student, one that will encourage them to try their best, and to balance the often tricky aspect of acknowledging their accomplishments yet being aware of the many challenges that lie ahead.

I also ask of students to keep an open musical mind and to get involved in as greater as possible variety of musical repertory and activities. I make clear to them that those of us who ended up becoming professional musicians were the ones that as students also consumed as much music as possible, in particular by going to live concerts and events. This is an often overlooked and critical aspect of forming well rounded musicians. It is not often communicated to students that putting in large amounts of hours in front of the instrument is simply not enough.