I teach piano lessons in the normal way: lots of attention to proper technique, learning how to read music, appreciating and even falling in love with the classical repertoire.
I’m also a working musician, mostly in jazz and popular styles. This tends more toward learning by ear, which has proven to be rewarding for most students, so we work this way too.
Instead of a traditional recital, we have “Piano-Palooza” every May with a backing band of drums, bass, and guitar. This has been great fun, especially for students who enjoy arranging, improvising, and playing by ear.
In November and February, students are invited to test their classical skills by playing two written-out pieces from memory. We do both solos and duets. Constructive comments, along with points toward gold cups, are provided by “expert” guest teachers.