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Learning piano is a great way to build a musical foundation. Piano students will learn how to use their ears to pickup on their favorite songs, in addition to working through books and fundamentals. Recently, a student who started from scratch went part of the way through the method book until she reached "When the Saints Go Marching In". We learned the chord structure of the song, and she learned to improvise over the structure. She decided to do the student recital, and performed a super fun 5-minute version of the song with a professional band. The whole room was into it and it was magical! Contact me for piano lessons and see what can happen when you understand not just how to read notes, but how music works when you play with a real band.
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My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!
I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.
My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.
I want students to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano ...
I have taught piano students as young as 4 and as mature as 65. piano is usually the go-to instrument for individuals getting into music. I recommend musicians of every instrument to have at least beginner knowledge of the piano. I can help you learn your first instrument!
I have a BA in Music from CUNY College of Staten Island and a MM in Composition from CUNY Brooklyn College. I have been teaching Music in NYC Public Schools since 2005 where I have taught thousands of students ages 5 through 14; General Music and Instrumental studies. I have taught private lessons as young as 4 and as mature as 65. The best part of my week is when I get to work with my IS 192 Wind Band, we are working on my latest arrangements of Rock n' Roll and Punk Rock tunes which range from Blue Suede Shoes to Blitzkreig Bop. In addition to my work as an educator, I am a working musician and composer. I have just completed a full length musical titled Work, a short comedic film for NYU titled Goosey's Big Movie, and a video game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod titled Tin ...
Beginning students can expect to learn note reading and technique exercises designed to strengthen the fingers and help the student recognize common musical patterns, as well as starting to play simple songs immediately, and then songs using left hand chords.
Intermediate students can expect to learn more difficult pieces involving left hand and right hand chords, as well as basics in musical interpretation and improvisation.
Advanced students can expect a focus on the musical subtleties on more advanced works.
I am a classically trained pianist and trumpet player with a
bachelor's degree in music education. I have taught for over 20
years, to both adults and children, with a focus on classical basics
and music theory for beginners and stylistic development in various musical styles for intermediate and advanced students. I teach from a standard
method, but adapt my teaching style to the personality and learning
strengths of my students.
I teach from my home in the Castro neighborhood.
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You can expect a calm teaching atmosphere and a generally laid back approach to your learning. I am experienced in teaching students of all musical backgrounds or none, and adjust my expectations accordingly. I teach from a standard method, but incorporate other methods ...
I take students of any age, starting with age 8, who are just beginning with their musical journey, or who are returning to the piano after many years. I teach the basics, including basic rhythms, notation, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc. as well as learning pieces. I am interested in the musical styles of the various periods of music history, and keyboard literature from the Baroque to the 21st century. I structure lessons to suit the needs and desires of each student.
I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song.
Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becoming a concert pianist, music will enrich your life.
My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory ...
After pursuing a bachelors degree at Miami University of Ohio in biochemistry & microbiology, I went on to work as an engineer in Silicon Valley. Throughout my years growing up middle school, high school and in college, I performed tutoring services in physics, English writing, and music (percussion, guitar, bass guitar, and piano). Music gave me the edge and freedom to express myself, make friends, and challenge my own abilities throughout the course of my life. I wouldn't be the same person without these gifts and I owe a great debt to my parents who encouraged me and the teachers who taught me.
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Yamaha YPG-235 Keyboard
Yamaha APX-5NA Classical Guitar with pickups and tuner
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Drum, percussion, chord theory, rock, jazz, guitar, bass ...
I play jazz, rock, funk, blues and pop music on the piano. Also, I have improvised musicals on the piano with improv comedy troupes (this is super fun and I would love to teach you how!). I also can play classical pieces of music on the piano, but that is not my specialty.
In lessons, I focus on learning the proper finger technique and hand placement, good posture, and of course learning how to read music. I can show you lots of different styles of piano playing and help you improve whatever style of playing you're pursuing. If you can already play Rachmaninoff, you probably should find a piano instructor more suited to your needs.
I have a Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Denver, which I earned in 2011. I started teaching during school, and have been teaching both privately and in high schools for the past 4 years. I have taught private voice and piano students from the ages of 9 to 60, and would be glad to teach outside of that range as well.
I currently live in Oakland, CA, working as a singer, pianist, and teacher. I'm happy to travel to your location; I have a car and a small keyboard I can bring to the lesson. I'm also able to travel further than 10 miles from my location, Take Lessons won't let you put a further distance.
In all of my teaching, I emphasize technique and improvisation. Learning to be a good musician is equal parts technical knowledge ...
"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."