Chris Chalfant teaches with a global perspective, giving equal respect to
the sophisticated oral traditions of jazz, India and Africa, and to European
classical traditions. Goals for training vary from student to student, depending
on their age, previous experiences with music or other disciplines, family
background and individual circumstances.
Regardless of what Chris Chalfant teaches, she believes the real learning
comes from the discoveries students make on their own time. It is important
that the student trains because they want to, not because they have to. In
addition to the necessary discipline in training, approaching music with a
sense of joy is an important part of the lesson experience. She believes that
the lesson is an exchange. In the tradition of Aikido, the student and teacher
bow to each other and say On-e-ga-she mas (please teach me).
Part of Chris Chalfants approach to teaching is to start from a place
of familiarity and success in a students life. This helps them connect
to their new experiences with more ease. There is an emphasis on encouraging
the students strongest assets, while at the same time, creating building
blocks to excel in areas that are not so facile.
Young students are normally taught at the students home. Chris Chalfant
believes the relationship to the entire family is integral to understanding
the students learning process. Having a supportive relationship with
the parents helps the student overcome learning and developmental challenges.
Adult lessons and coachings are approached individually to fit the unique
situation and goals of the student. Adults have come to Chris Chalfants
studio as complete beginners, competent amateurs or professionals. They have
been engineers, lawyers, bankers, mothers, opera singers, pop singers, composers,
and psychoanalysts. Adults may come for ongoing or periodic lessons and coaching.
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