I believe I can impart my knowledge and skills far easier by teaching much the same way as I learnt, by listening. Music is after all simply noise that is pleasurable to listen to and the most direct and simple way to start playing is to simply imitate a given noise. A build up of recognisable noises soon develops into sounds and music and I now have a fairly well developed understanding of theory, harmony, rhythm etc so this why I call it Learning by Listening.
My problem is that I have no qualifications and would find it difficult to get students as a result. However, I see that the blind or visually impaired may benefit from my approach but I don't know where to start. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
You might like to read a few Suzuki Method books to get a feel for his system and see if it would be useful to you.
In my job as a piano tuner I meet many parents of children who are learning the piano, and I'm afraid quite a few of them are more interested in the child achieving grades than in the child actually enjoying the experience of music. And if you teach in the way you want to, you will lose this section of customers.
Finally, your method would be ideally suited to dyslexic kids, as you wouldn't be frightening them with letters and reading an(other)alien code! Similarly, Downs Syndrome children have fantastic memories but trouble with reading; perhaps you could approach specialist teachers.
Good luck - if I have your details I could pass them on to interested people, as I'm based in Marlow, Bucks., and tune in your area occasionally.
Good luck - and many pupils!
Have a merry one!
How to Play Piano Despite Years of Lessons : What Music Is and How to Make It at Home
by Ward Cannel and Fred Marx
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... ce&s=books
Hope this helps!