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Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.
I am an original New Yorker, but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 12 years. I began studying piano at the age of 8 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in many choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.
I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain appreciation for the gift of music. They become more and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.
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I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.
My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.
I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, mini-amp.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.
The students will need to buy their books.
*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.
Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
When you take Guitar or Singing lessons, you will truly be in for a unique and eye opening experience. As a contemporary singer and guitar player who has performed before tens of thousands, Brian brings a level of experience to the table that ensures that your money is well spent. With his Fast track, self-developed teaching methods, the student learning curve is accelerated.
As a Luthier (Guitar Builder) Brian teaches his students the inner workings of a guitar. By learning and understanding the guitar from a builders perspective, the student will understand how his instrument should work, how it should be set up for easy play-ability and how to identify when something is not right on the guitar.....a bad playing instrument will create loss of interest in the student!
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I am an award winning vocalist and performer who loves to teach voice. My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera, musical theater, religious/spiritual, jazz artist, but also record pop/rock. Trained by some of the very best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to be very versed in numerous styles of singing and crossover to several genres. I fell in love with teaching several years ago and my students have achieved much success in the art world and their communities. I adore my students and I treat their voices with extreme care and provide a very positive, patient, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere. I travel to homes as well have a studio! Contact me and we can discuss more about who I am and want you are looking for in a voice teacher, as well as availability and locations. Don't miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way.
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