Music Mission and Teaching Philosophy

Music Mission

My private students are one of the joys of my life! My mission is getting them making music. In the process, sequential music instruction creates permanent gains neurologically and in terms of focus, confidence, and self-expression that enhance every area of their lives. They share their work in annual recitals. These performance opportunities become memorable life experiences for them and their families and friends.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy stems first from my own childhood. Because the truth is that I was singing and playing anything I could get my hands on from the time I was tiny.  In the process, my parents took me very seriously. So these days I respect the power parents have to foster their children’s musical lives.

What’s more, I’ve heard so many poignant stories from old and new friends over the years: If someone had just supported my interest, or if my teacher or parents had listened to what I wanted to learn…


If someone had just supported my interest…
If my teacher or parents had listened to what I wanted to learn…


These stories and my fundamental passion for music-making inform my approach. Because I use the musical interests of my students to move them forward.

And very importantly, I have three grown artist sons, including two touring musicians. They had a big impact on my teaching philosophy. The fact is that I learned from them to respect every student’s vision for their musical self-expression and goals. Now my students and I explore all that together as we make music and learn its universal language.

Read some sweet testimonials here. :)


Music Teaching Philosophy - Teresa Young
Teresa gets the (recital) party started, June 2018









If I were not a physicist, I would probably
be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music.
I see my life in terms of music.

—Albert Einstein