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Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Chinese, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Country Guitar, Erhu, Guitar, Mandarin, Meditation, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a teacher at the Institute of Music for Children in New Jersey. With 26 years experience in guitar and 30 years in piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written and recorded over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.
Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.
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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.
The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.
You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.
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Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion
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Note: Although I do not have a car, I live just outside of Manhattan, and therefore have reliable transportation methods to travel to students who are in NYC. I would expect the student to provide whatever instrument he/she is learning.
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*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in pop, rock, jazz, blues, folk, and classical music. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
Chinese, Piano, Viola, Violin
‚¬Ä¬úThe concertmaster, Kan, handled her difficult solos with disarming ease.‚¬Ä¬Ě¬¬Ě -Mark Swed
October 23, 2008 LA Times
Acclaimed by the LA Times as a soloist Kan has been a concertmaster in various orchestras, as Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and MJD International Symphony Orchestra, she has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, including Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav L. Rostropovich, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and Josep Carreras among others. Kan earned Bachelor√¬É¬Ę√¬ā¬¬Ä√¬ā¬¬ôs Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China, where she studied with Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. Currently, she is the concertmaster of Azusa Pacific University Orchestra, and a student of Artist Certificate Programme under Professor Charles Stegeman on full scholarship.
She received her bachelor's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. To further pursue her music career, Kan came to study in the United States on full scholarship at Azusa Pacific University, where she received the Artist Certificate Program Diploma in 2010. Meanwhile, she served as concertmaster for the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra. Kan studied under professor Charles Stegeman, and recently obtained her Music Performance masters.
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First, I need to talk to my students about their goals. Not only for the adult, teacher also need to know what kids want to know about music. They are interested in it sometimes, they just don't know. Second, I will let them know, interests is just the first step. If you want to learn, you have to pay! Pay your patient, and your endeavor. I will teach in some specific ways to motive students to approach the goals. for example: listen, singing, playing, reading is the process to make the students catch the goal faster without lost their interests! So involve more activities in the lessons is very important! Also, serious technique practice is necessary. As I mentioned before, not only interests, if you want to learn , you have to pay. Once you catch your goal, you will feel happy that the teacher has been pushed you for some boring finger exercise.
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I do have a grand piano at home.For violin students, they should have their own instrument.
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Suzuki style, classical, contemporary, modern music
Arrangement and Composition, Chinese, Classical Piano, English, Logic Pro Software, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
I believe EVERYONE should have the opportunity to learn music, especially children, in a fun and enjoyable way! As someone who grew up around music (my mother is a music teacher!) I wish to give that chance to others.
I started playing the piano at around the age of four, and helped out as a substitute teacher at my mother's music school back in Singapore while in High School. I left shortly after to pursue music at Berklee College of Music, where I graduated summa cum laude in August 2013, armed with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production!
Over the years, I have had several private students ranging from children as young as four years old, to teenagers and adults. I have been told that I am very bubbly and friendly (yay!), which explains why most of my students are children. Everyone is different - and I personally take the time and effort to develop and customize my lessons for each student. I'll push you (a little!), to make you realize just how much you can do!
Music is an all-rounded experience. Not only can I offer you a chance to learn how to play different styles of piano, from jazz to pop to classical, but I can also teach you how to write your own songs, arrange them, and perhaps (if you like) record them! I am also familiar with Logic Pro and Garageband, so I can teach you to record yourself on those programs!
Adobe Photoshop, Chinese, Drawing, Flute, Painting
Learning Piano from 1993-1999,
Flute 1999-now (9th-most advanced grade, principle flute of China Youth Orchestra, Principal Flute of school Brass Band. A lot of Solo or band performance experienced.)
Fine Art Painting 2004-now
Majored in TV & FILM production Degree: Bachelor of Art , China Academy of Art. 2007-2011
Working in film industry since 2011-now as matte painter/ Concept Artist. And having my Master's degree at the same time at Academy of Art University.
Acting, Chinese, English, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Voice Acting
I lived in China for 20 years and finished from Elementary school to University, so I know not only the language, but I also know China a lot in a way of how to live, communicate, culture. The most important thing is I do have the certificate of Speaking Standard Mandarin Chinese, which is the most difficult certificate that most Chinese people do/could not have, cannot pass or have a lower score of it. The reason I achieved this certificate was because I went to a top 10 Chinese Newscaster University studying in Newscasting. Each Newscaster must not only pass the Exam but also needs a high score to pursue our career, and that is why I can speak standard Chinese better than others.
Here in America, I obtained the honor of B.A.Theater Acting at UCLA, and I have been teaching and tutoring for 2 years in the U.S. At UCLA Theater Dep. , they offer the best acting courses, for example, fundamental Acting, Intermediate acting and advanced acting. In addition, we also have lots of stage movement, combat, voice, speech trainig class. All in all. I would love to teach people from all over the world who want to study Chinese and actng. I can speak both Chinese and English fluently, so I do have experience of teaching. So, no worries, I hope I could devote all my efforts to help you
I finished my college in China and I was an English teacher in the Sichuan Foreign Language Institute (now Sichuan International Studies University) in Chongqing. I taught English to the Chinese college students and as a second job, I also taught Chinese to the American exchange students from Indiana and Washington states. I finished my Master degree in New York City University in 1987 majoring in ESL. I taught in Public School 207 in Manhattan in NYC for 2 years.
After that I worked in a computer company for over ten years. At the same time I worked as a part-time Chinese teacher in the different Chinese community schools in Atlanta.till 2013. From 2008 I worked as full time Chinese teacher in two different private schools. I have many years of experience of teaching Chinese to the students from the kindergartners to adults. At the present I also have a few students being tutored in Chinese learning. I am sure that I can tutor all the student in learning Chinese no matter they are young or old.
"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."