Alison Kirkpatrick is a highly experienced teacher of talented children who possess exceptional potential.
The terms prodigy and gifted are not referred to. She has worked with students of this calibre for more than twenty years and has excellent insight as to the requirements of their musical development. She recognizes the fact that these students frequently learn and practise in unique ways, even if unconventional. Alison has worked with students who play at a very advanced standard with maturity while still in Primary school. Choice of repertoire is rather crucial here.
Development of their potential requires flexibility, patience and intellectual stimulation. It is also extremely important that the parents understand their child's abilities and understand the creative teaching that may be incorporated. There are various ways in which accelerated learning may be applied.
It is not the case that a five or six year old has to practise two hours per day nor an eight year old has to practise three to four hours per day. I have often found that a highly talented student requires less time in the learning and polishing of musical works. Providing performing opportunities such as competitions and concerts is just as essential as the individual piano lesson. Observing other performances and listening to the great performers adds inspiration and insight.