I will not quote studies on parallels between academic performance and music, brain development and music, or health and music here. I am not a schoolteacher, a neurologist, or a physician. I am however a reasonably good musician who began a musical education early in life and so I will tell you in my own words why music is important to me. I will say that playing music has added so much to my life that it would be difficult to imagine my life without it.
In childhood, I learned about discipline from music. In adolescence, I learned about how to cooperate with others when playing and how to channel emotions, positive and otherwise, into creative channels. In my adult life, I have learned to serve with music, I serenaded my wife-to-be with my music, engaged my children with music. Throughout my life, I have written many songs for those I love, which is probably the most rewarding of all these experiences.
My experiences with music education have taught me that it is often one thing to be a talented musician, and quite another to be a good teacher. One of my strengths as a teacher is flexibility in approach. I usually supplement sight reading with composition, ear training, improvisation, and theory depending on the approach the best suits the student. I also have a passion for teaching, especially when teaching children (although I do enjoy teaching students of all ages). Also, my services are reasonably priced and I may be willing to travel to you depending on your location.