My name is Ashley Benjamin and I am a senior studying Piano Pedagogy at USU. Teaching piano is a passion of mine and I have now been teaching for over 6 years. It is my goal as a teacher to teach the basic skills of piano technique: rhythm, note-reading, and recognition of terms and symbols in music. These things will then be built upon to create artistic and meaningful playing. Lessons will be oriented in such a way that small weekly goals will work toward bigger, more meaningful accomplishments. Students will be taught the value and rewards of hard work, and be able to enjoy doing so. Practicing is essential, and along with incentives I offer my students, I ask parents to encourage their children to practice daily. I believe proficient skill in music is better achieved when parents are an active part of the process. Most importantly, I wish to instill in my students a love for music that they can carry with them the rest of their lives.