I will assist you in learning and understanding the fundamentals of piano technique and theory at your own pace. No pressure and stress-free instruction. Added benefits based on research may include improvements in memory, language skills, ability to store audio information, discipline, ability for being attentive and planning, day to day actions such as being alert, motor skills, hearing, emotional perception (pick out exactly what others are feeling just by the tone of their voices; empathy, disappointment, etc.)
Music has always been a part of my education since my elementary school years. I continued private training throughout college, as well as after. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, as well as my Life Coaching certification from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
Our time together is more than just about learning an instrument; it's about life improvements and developing the self!
I will encourage you, cheer you on, and support you in the way you need support to achieve your goals in piano!
Singing, Music Performance
Charles D., a classically-styled romantic balladeer whose repertoire offers classic pop love songs, standards, Broadway musicals, pop ballads, and spirituals. He has a flair for infusing familiar and beloved songs with a fresh, smooth, and distinctive sensibility entirely his own. His self-confidence is projected with warmth, charm, and genuine love for his music.
He captures the essence and spirit of those classic singers that have gone before him and established a tradition of great singing….Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and Harry Belafonte, as well as the more contemporary sounds of Luther Vandross, Peabo Bryson and Jeffrey Osborne.
He is in his element performing in an intimate club with a pianist or small combo, and fronting big bands and symphony orchestras at concert halls for both civic and private audiences. His musical accomplishments extend to include performances at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, The Jazz and Blues Company in Carmel, California, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, and the Houston Symphony as well as roles in musical theater with "Showboat" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Most recently, he performed for former first lady, Laura Bush and Peter Buffett, son of investment mogul, Warren Buffett.
Charles thrives in the studio, and recorded his debut independent CD entitled "For Sentimental Reasons, which was released in 2007.
As a vocal coach, Charles has taught voice both privately and within the public school sector for over 16 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston System and has studied extensively with Joseph Frank and well known Houston vocal coach, Tom Mckinney.
Charles has served as a preliminary vocal judge for the popular "Gimme the Mike" singing talent tv show on NBC Houston, 97.9 The Box "Hatta's Idol", coached 2 American Idol Finalists, one Xfactor top 10 contestant season 1, and 2 semifinalists for the "Voice". He also served as a vocal coach for Beyonce's Music World Entertainment's Project Popstar, under the direction of Matthew Knowles.
As a life coach, I provide personal coaching for singers and musicians. This process involves helping you to uncover whats really in your heart, creating goals based on your truth and life purpose, and what might be blocking you from achieving those goals. One of the major challenges that singers face are making career and life choices that will balance with their artistic or musical goals. In addition, it is very important to know your true gifts, passions, motivations and intentions. Moreover, having a realistic view and understanding of the recording business vs. the music playing business is essential to your overall business plan and success. You must also find the time and energy to pursue your art while making a stable and rewarding living. Lastly, if you are a creative type who is struggling with two common life dilemmas: the "starving artist" who is tired of panicking every time the rent is due, and the " well paid professional" desiring the time to devote to his or her art, then life coaching is for you!
Piano, Violin, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Fiddle
Kal was born in New York and began studying piano and then added cello in elementary school. Kal's vast knowledge of the piano and cello repertoire helps his students have fun playing because there is no shortage of wonderful selections to play.
When Kal was in high school, piano performance was always paramount. In addition, Kal studied cello with Nellis DeLay-Harvout, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and sister of the world renown and distinguished Julliard school of Music violin instructor Dorothy DeLay. During high school, Kal played cello in the school orchestra as well as the all county and all state orchestras. Kal also gave cello recital performances with veteran concert pianist Gloria Carney, who was the accompanist of the legendary cellist Leonard Rose.
Kal graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Music Theory and Composition and concentrated in piano and cello performance. Kal introduced his own compositions in both piano solo and chamber music, playing the cello part. Kal also played in the college orchestral
Currently, Kal teaches piano and cello. Kal has a unique ability to select pieces that are tailored to the musical preference of the student. He will suggest classical (baroque, classical, romantic, and modern periods), show tunes, Ragtime, Blues, Hymns, Rock, and other pieces that fit the technical level and interest of the student.
Kal believes that teaching, especially beginners, is an honor. Music is his passion and teaching young students how to read music in all clefs, obtain proper technique and, learn how to make the music come alive (once the technical challenges have been mastered) through music interpretation is one of the greatest rewards in life.
Kal also serves on the Advisory Board for the Houston Piano Company.
Piano, Music Theory
Hsin-Jung has been teaching in both Taiwan and the U.S. for 20 years. She is a patient, professional music instructor, and would like to bring the joy of classical music to all students.
Hsin-Jung T., a native of Taipei, Taiwan began her piano studies at the age of five, and composition studies at 18. She attended the Hua-Kang Art School in Taipei, where she majored in piano performance. In 1996 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, where she studied with Nan-Chang Chien. Hsin-Jung then came to the United States in the fall of 1997 to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College of City University of New York (CUNY), where she received her Master of Music Degree in 1999 while studying with Bruce Saylor. In 2000, she studied at the PhD-DMA program in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is studying with Tania Leon and Bernadette Speech.
Through her involvement in programs such as the Taiwan-Japan Exchange Concert “Euterpe Spring ‘99”, conductors Sung Su Jeong, Chun-Fung Lee, and Lance Inouye as well as the Juilliard String Ensemble, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei, and others have performed Hsin-Jung's compositions in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. In May 2000 Hsin-Jung held a program of her chamber music at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Among her recent works are two film collaborations, Poetry of A Painter, a clarinet solo piece composed for a short film on the life of the artist Fernando Gerassi; the score for Allatonceness, a multimedia performance where the composer also conducted; music design and improvisation for a documentary film Turning Japanese; music for Palace of Loneliness, a play by Dorothy Tan, produced by MultiStages, Inc. and HERE Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York; The Music Composition Award for Capturing The Spirit of the promotive film from Asian American/ Asian Research Institute in New York (2002); and the score for a documentary film Ocean and People produced by Civilization Explorer Association [CEA] (2005). In 2006 Hsin-Jung was invited as a guest composer and held a solo composition recital at Tarrant County College South Campus, Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2008, Hsin-Jung relocated to Houston, where she has been actively contributing her compositions, as well as performing as an improvisational artist.
Piano, Music Performance
I have been teaching piano to students of all ages since 1992, both to individual students and groups. I taught with the Music Learning Center of Michigan. I have been a music teacher and choir director for a number of years as well. For eight years I have played the organ and piano for Church worship.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, English, Reading, Songwriting
Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. I'm Andrew. Everything I do and have been doing has been geared towards music. I've been in one working/gigging band or other without break for the past 8 years. I began intensely learning to play guitar at the age of 9 and have not stopped. The second I started learning I knew that that was what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and here I am loving every minute of it. I took lessons of my own as a kid, which helped shape me greatly. I then picked up bass at the age of 13.
Ive taught personalized lessons for over 4 1/2 years now without a single complaint. At this point in my musical career, the majority of my experience and attitude has come from being "in the field". Ive played South By South West, Westheimer Block Party, opened up for bands like the Misfits and Rage Against the Machine, shared the stage with bands like Minus the Bear and Echo and the Bunnymen, and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not!
YOU can be an active musician. If you have the passion and desire. The first step though, is learning your instrument. Learning an instrument is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. It's an unfaltering companion that can benefit you in so many ways. I like to toss out the strict "teacher/student" regiment and create a laid back, fun, easy going atmosphere. I want to be buds and SHARE music with each other and introduce you into this world that I have grown to love so so much. There is nothing more rewarding. I promise. So let's get started!
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