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Hello music makers! I have been teaching music lessons since 1992, and involved in music and performance since 1983.
After working with hundreds of students I have one major take-away: music lessons have to be tailored to each student. When we do that, every child (or adult student) can learn. My job as a music teacher is to be creative and make sure that each lesson is as fun or serious, challenging or relaxed, classical or pop, technical or big picture, short or long, and upbeat or laid back as it needs to be.
Please contact TakeLessons or schedule a “meet and greet” lesson today!
I started piano at 3 yo, and also studied violin, flute, piccolo, guitar, dance, voice and theatre as a child. I studied Suzuki piano until I was 8 yo, when I then changed to a college professor with whom I studied until I was 20. I also studied Suzuki violin and flute, both with professors from The Ohio State University. I was accepted into what was then called Columbus Symphony Children’s Chorus, today called the Columbus Children’s Choir, where I spent several years learning the Kodály method under the direction of Dr. Sandra Mathias. In addition, I advanced to second chair, first violin in Columbus Junior Strings under the direction of Dr. Gillespie. I played piccolo and flute in the Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra, where I was first chair. I have performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, won competitions and received numerous honors for piano, flute, voice and songwriting. I performed in several choirs, including show choir, and accompanied (piano) for musicals, soloists and choirs. I composed and recorded a full album at 17 yo.
After high school, I was accepted at The Ohio State University to major in piano and voice, after declining a full scholarship for piano that my childhood professor offered to me. I also studied musical theatre at Belmont University, and took courses focusing on the Kodály method at Capital University. I lived in Nashville for some time, and have performed everything from rock to classical music to audiences as large as 10,000 people.
Also, I have been involved in the Piano Guild and also the Ohio Music Teachers Association, sending students to events and adjudications with wonderful results.
I really love to teach, though. That’s when I have the opportunity to pass along all that I've learned, and “pay it forward” so to speak. Working with students one on one, getting to know the parents — that’s what makes me smile, and I pass that sparkling personality right along to the students!
Music lessons should be fun. And with every student — child or adult — being unique, every lesson is different. Throughout our relationship I will learn more and more about what it takes to help a student succeed. I really have a heart for helping each student on his or her own level, whatever that may be. I have worked with very advanced students preparing for college auditions, and 3 yo beginners. I have been successful with all of them by tailoring what we do. One thing is for sure, I never get bored that way! Neither will the student.
In addition, I believe in well-balanced lessons. We will learn technique, ear training, how to read music, playing or singing with dynamics and emotion, and much more, all of which make learning and performing music fun, engaging and interesting! I also like to incorporate technology whenever possible, including software, various websites, iPads and tablets, games, and other tools.
Piano: I offer Suzuki piano lessons for very young students, ages 3 yo and above. Even adult students can learn the Suzuki method. I offer a Suzuki and traditional blend starting around 6 yo or first grade. When the student is reading to learn in school, usually around 9 yo, we can start a student with the traditional method. I really like the Suzuki method, however, and I make sure that all students learn how to read music in the process.
Voice: If a young child loves to sing, we can add 15-minutes on to a 30-minute piano lessons for 45-minutes total. Otherwise, I start 30-minute voice lessons usually around 10 yo.
Adults: I work with adults, as well, and can be flexible for adults who cannot make their lessons weekly due to work and travel. Just let me know your intentions for scheduling.
Songwriting: I also teach music theory and songwriting. Having recorded an entire album at 17 yo, I can teach a student about the musicality of songwriting, music theory, lyrics, rhythm and even help with software such as GarageBand. A student does need to have a basic understanding of music notation in order for them to work on songwriting.
Every family has their own “thing” — sports, music, academics, traveling, church, or something else they all love to do together. As a result, every family has a different amount of time available for practicing. Perhaps the young student in your family doesn't like to practice, or it’s nearly impossible for mom or dad to practice with the student. All of these are things that we will work around. At the end of the day, we just want the student to enjoy music lessons, so sometimes that means we have to do things a little bit differently from one child — or adult — to another.
I always tell the story about how I absolutely hated to practice. In fact, it’s part of why I have such a good ear today. I would listen carefully to the recordings on my way to the lesson, and somehow fumble through. I practiced just fine as a little girl and then again in high school and beyond, but my early teenage years were not great practicing years for me. I was taking piano, flute, violin, guitar, dance and voice lessons all at the same time, too. Had I had a demanding, nasty teacher, I would have quit (in fact, I did quit one of my instruments just because of that). My piano teacher was especially nurturing, and we did theory, sight reading, ear training, and “practiced” during my lessons. Sure, progress wasn't as fast as it could have been, but she kept me going, and I love for her that. After she passed away, I knew that I wanted to be sure to share that same love, patience and encouragement with my students, and I strive to do just that.
MY HOME STUDIO:
I teach lessons out of my home in Golf Village in Powell. I have a comfortable studio room with space for a parent to sit in and watch the lesson. Students have their lessons on a very nice cherry wood upright Yamaha (pictured on the left), and then every so often we’ll wander in to the great room to play on the Kawai grand piano. I also offer lessons online for people who do not live nearby, and online lessons could also be used as a make-up or when a parent cannot get a child to my home for an in-person lesson.
You will also be offered opportunities to come over to my home and play for a few other students from time to time, which can be a great help for making friends, finding duet partners and getting out those nerves. Sharing your music through performances can be an important motivational tool, so I provide these outlets as options for everyone.
I look forward to making music with you and your family, and welcoming you in to my home. See you soon!
Accompaniment, Accordion, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Synthesizer
College educated musician with two degrees in music. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in music education. I am a licensed music teacher in the state of Ohio. I have play in many bands throughout my music career. I am familiar with classical, rock, country, pop, church music, and many other types of music.
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Music Lessons & Tutoring
Welcome to my studio, where I will instruct you in your musical and academic endeavors. What sets me apart is that I offer diverse instruction in two different areas. In my music studio, I give lessons in piano, violin, guitar, and composition. In my tutoring center, I teach in multiple disciplines, from arts and sciences to SAT prep. I instruct students of all ages at different skill levels.
My in-studio lessons are given on a grand piano.
BM Music Composition --Â“ Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
BA Classics (Greek and Latin) --Â“ Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
Classics Fellowship --Â“ Indiana University, 2013-2014
Piano Training: Collegiate lessons from Steven Glaser and private lessons from George Haddad
As a high school senior, under the tutelage of OSU Professor Emeritus and world-renowned pianist George Haddad, I performed the first movement of Shostakovich'Â™s Second Piano Concerto with the chamber orchestra.
I performed different self-composed pieces at seven OSU Composers'Â™ Workshops and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition in 2012. My Senior Composition Recital was performed on October 25, 2012. It showcased several of my three-movement works: string quartet, clarinet solo, set of classical songs for piano and voice, set of pop songs for piano and voice. Interspersed with these were two solo piano pieces and a duet for piano and violin.
My background makes me a knowledgeable and effective tutor. I was valedictorian at Delaware Hayes High School in 2009 and received OSU'Â™s Maximus Scholarship based on my ACT and SAT scores.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."