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I cried like a baby when my parents forced me to take piano lessons at the age of 8, begging them to let me quit. Thankfully, they were not persuaded by my waterworks! After 10 years of private piano training the instrument grew on me. I began giving private piano lessons in 2004 and taught over 40 beginning and intermediate students for more than 6 years. Since my relationship with the piano had such a rocky start, I have a special understanding for beginners that are less than thrilled to learn the piano. My goal is to create a fun learning environment in which students will be able to enjoy the piano as much as I do. I personalize lessons in such a way that students receive a quality education in a way that makes sense to them while being able to work on the music that they are interested in learning.
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I use the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures curriculum for all of my students, though I am not opposed to using whatever materials the student is most comfortable with. My lessons cover technique and theory, as well as performance skills and a basic understanding of classical music. I am laid back and flexible, working with students in a way that makes sense to them. In addition to learning the basics, I love learning about my students musical interests and helping them focus on whatever style is the most fun to them, such as classical, jazz, or popular tunes. After 6 months of lessons my students will be able to read all basic sheet music and, with practice, learn just about any piece they want to tackle!
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I provide all instructional materials, such as flash cards, grand staff dry erase boards, metronome, to be used during lessons. Students are expected to pay for all books and any instructional materials they wish to keep. Students are also expected to have a functioning and tuned piano or keyboard at their home.
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I typically teach traditional methods using the Faber & Faber method books. I have used a wide variety of other books as well, such as Bastien, Thompson, and Aaron. I also have some experience teaching Suzuki method, but have not received any formal training in it.
I love the piano and I am always excited at the prospect of sharing my passion for the instrument with those; young and old who are eager to explore this unique instrument for themselves. From the time I began taking lessons in the 3rd grade and now into my post retirement years, I have been an active player. My experience includes playing in jazz bands, choirs, supper clubs, special occasions, accompaniment for vocalists; playing and directing worship bands for traditional and contemporary worship services in gospel as well as contemporary Christian genres. My commitment to the piano has led me to adapt a lifestyle of study and practice that has given me the proficiency as well as the knowledge of theory to adapt to many different musical environments. I am currently part of the worship team at Capital Area Christian Church in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. We present contemporary Christian music with styles of rock, country, southern gospel, as well as traditional hymns. I have served as minister of Music at Dayspring Ministries in Middletown PA where I alternated between piano and the Hammond B-3 organ. I have also performed with the Harrisburg Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. I taught a number of beginners during the summer camp for the Dansante Community Center. I am looking forward to helping unlock for someone, the exciting mysteries of the world of music. It could be you.
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For young and old, beginning in music is a journey that begins where you are and leads you on a path of self discovery in the creative arts. We generally begin with the basics of music orientation; posture, finger position, notes, the staff, and the language of music. For each student, I use one of several instructional workbooks based upon experience and aptitude. All instruction includes theory, practical application through fundamental routines, and selections of songs based upon the current level of proficiency. After approximately three months, a more individualized instructional program can be tailored to the student based upon their development and interest. Because of the varied experiences that I have compiled, I we can employ different strategies to suit the learning style of the students.
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Lessons are provided on a Yamaha Grand Piano. Seating for parents or those accompanying students in comfortable waiting areas including a family room with a TV or the sun-porch. A studio is dedicated to musician instruction is currently in development on the lower level. The studio will include acoustic and electronic keyboards to provide a wide range of experiences for students.
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I am experienced and equipped to teach classical music, sacred anthems, hymns; music that is jazz, blues, gospel, rock, and contemporary christian. My playing style is a combination of jazz, blues, and gospel.
I began taking piano lessons at a young age and continued with them through my freshman year of college. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education and five years of experience teaching private piano lessons. My degree and experience with elementary aged children have prepared me to be able to tailor lessons to my students' individual needs, explain concepts in creative ways, and adjust the pace of lessons as needed. Playing piano is something that I really enjoy, so I love having the opportunity to give students the skills they need to enjoy it, too!
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I try to create a learning environment that's fun and laid back while still maintaining reasonable expectations for my students. I love seeing my students succeed, so I do my best to give them all the tools they need to do so! Faber & Faber's Piano Adventures books are my preference for students. I want students to have fun and enjoy what they play, so I also like to include songs from whatever category my students' are most interested in, such as popular, jazz, musical theater, etc. After 6 months of taking lessons with me, students will have a firm grasp on all basic piano concepts (such as finger numbers, note names, the staff, and time signatures) and will have the ability to sight read beginning piano pieces. Whether you want to play professionally or just learn a new skill, I want to instruct students in a way that encourages them to love music and have fun along the way!
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Open floor plan- Living/Dining area. Piano. Seating for parents. Street parking available.
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