LEARNING TO PLAY THE PIANO IS SO MUCH
MORE THAN PLACING FINGERS ON KEYS
Piano Lessons with Ms. Gosselink
If You Can Read, You Can Play Anything!
ABOUT MS. GOSSELINK: Teaching piano since 1973, Stefani Gosselink has been situated in Brewster for more than 30 years. Her schedule accommodates between 40-50 students per week for children ages 6-18. More than half of her students enter NYSSMA each year with scores of excellent and above. Her niche is in her creative style, innovative methods of teaching students to read and understand music with particular concentration on bringing out the individual. With an MALS (SUNY) in Liberal Arts (special focus on music education), Ms. Gosselink has written her own piano teaching method plus 3 books on music history. Students of Ms. Gosselink attend prestigious schools in a variety of fields as well as music. Read more
Lessons Emphasize Students'
Creativity and Performance Skills
LESSONS: Ms. Gosselink specializes in personalized lessons that focus on the individual. She provides students with a special environment of learning, art, and performance, preparing them for an exceptional journey to make excellent music! She has been uniquely successful in meeting the needs of her students for over 38 years, achieving an outstanding record of consistency outfitting students with a music education that fits with their particular emphasis in life. Most significantly, she provides students with a challenging and rewarding atmosphere while creating people who can not only play music, but excel in a vast number of fields beyond music. "My success is based on the needs of my students, maintaining high-quality lessons, with special focus on creativityâa necessary investment in todayâs young people."
Students Perform with Others and Become a Proud Part of the Group
RECITALS: Each year, students are expected to perform in 3 recitals. These recitals focus on performance skills, ability, theory, and knowledge of music. Two of these recitals are an atmosphere that is community-spirited where personal successes, foibles, and learning differences are shared. June, the end-of-the-year recital, is a showcase of the yearâs learning with emphasis on creativity and performance skills as opposed to virtuosity.
Learning to Think in Ways that
Enhance Intelligence and Creativity
LESSONS: Ms. Gosselink's competitive advantage lies in the long-term success of her students. "Students who begin with me, stay with me until they leave for college." Over the years, Ms. Gosselink has learned and applied a number of strategies to keep children focused, interested, and continuing to learn—a task that requires a good deal of support, flexibility, and understanding for the demanding schedules and changing work-loads of today's children. It is this structure that enables Ms. Gosselink to attract and retain the highest quality students.
A Comfortable Environment that is
Professional, Inviting, and Attractive
STUDIO: Ms. Gosselink's studio is equipped with the resources needed to realize her strengths. Lessons are taught in an environment that is professional, inviting, and attractive. Students play on a well-made acoustic piano for regular lessons and record on a digital piano. Year-end performances are on a grand piano and at the same location. Recordings of year-end performances are a part of the program.
Music History Books: Published Works by Stefani Gosselink
MUSIC HISTORY: These workbook-style books were originally written for a middle school audience, but have also attracted those who are interested in learning about early music that is less academic. Ms. Gosselink uses them for teaching early music courses in various universities. They are an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about music and their time periods.
The idea is to learn about music and its roots in Western culture as it fits into the environment it was written. Puzzles and pencil games make it an entertaining plus educational journey.
Recordings: Progression of
Early Stages to Final Recitals
RECORDINGS: Ms. Gosselink has been recording her students since 2007. Today, every student is recorded at the end of the year. The following are samples from recordings made of 5 of her students at early stages and then final recital pieces before leaving for college.
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