Teacher Feature: Hanah Saxton – Piano Instructor
The Music Abode is delighted to announce our newest piano teacher, Hanah Saxton!
Hanah is an Orange County native and is currently studying education at Chapman University while pursuing a minor in music. She was trained by Certificate of Merit methods through the Music Teachers’ Association of California, which is a rigorous curriculum that pushes for musical excellence in every aspect of music. In addition to that, Hanah is a composer and her music has been featured in several short films (including a short documentary entitled “Church of Type” that received a Vimeo Staff Pick).
After spending a summer in New York working in the music industry for Northern Spy Records, Hanah returned to Southern California with a passion for music like never before, which inspired her to believe that “the most important thing is to find where you feel the most passion in music–whether it is a genre, style of playing, etc.–the excitement to learn follows passion.” She is very enthusiastic about her career goals in teaching and sharing her love for music with growing students. She has been praised for being a creative teacher and exploring music with her students in a way that can elevate their excitement toward learning piano. Anyone who is familiar with California’s Certificate of Merit knows that the program is a very strict approach to learning piano and is for very time-dedicated and serious students. Although it wasn’t Hanah’s favorite part of learning piano, because of being part of a strict program, then transitioning to a more creative method of learning piano, she is now able to bring that balance of teaching to her own students. Hanah says that “discipline is crucial, it works both ways: music teaches discipline and music requires discipline. Your discipline now will bring you much joy and set you ahead in life.”
When asked about why she loves music and teaching, she had this to say: “Music and the knowledge of music is the greatest medicine for life. Music builds our minds to think in ways it wouldn’t otherwise and provides us an escape from everything else. Music is the greatest gift one can teach.”
Although Hanah is inspired by passionate and skillful musicians like Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Elvis Presley, and Loretta Lynn, her compositions best summarize her approach to piano–when listening you might observe her classical techniques elegantly clashing with contemporary sounds to create something very unique.
Hanah would like to leave you with this quote from her: “music is everywhere; find the music that brings you the most joy and embrace it whole-heartedly.”