“Devin F. - Instructor in Piano, Guitar, and Composition/Theory/Songwriting”
San Francisco, CA, 94116
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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Guitar, Piano, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Music Composition - 2007-2009 (Master's degree received) University of the Pacific - Music Composition - 2002-2006 (Bachelor's degree received)
I am a jazz pianist and have worked with numerous students on jazz voicings, comping techniques, and improv skills. I also have a solid base of classically oriented students, from absolute beginner to advanced.
I do not operate under the "one size fits all" approach to music instruction. Everyone has different tastes in music, so why should everyone have to learn it by the same methods? I make it my goal to figure out what sort of music each student feels most passionate about, and structure my lessons from there. Once the fundamentals are covered, students quickly move on to playing the sort of music that they WANT to play (not necessarily the music they may have been told they NEED to play in the
My teaching style is relatively laid back, with a focus on discussion and interaction with the student, as opposed to me simply talking and the student listening. As a composer I am also inclined to encourage musical creativity, improvisation, and theoretical understanding. The aim here is to engage the fingers and the brain, ensuring that the student understands both intellectually and mechanically what is going on.
Devin is a composer/pianist and music instructor based out of San Francisco. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Composition from the University of the Pacific and a Masters degree in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has had works commissioned and performed internationally. He is also an active performer and songwriter, playing piano and guitar in a wide variety of musical ensembles, from jazz trios to indie rock bands.
Devin has over a decade
experience in private music instruction in piano, guitar, and composition/theory/songwriting. He has established and maintained a well respected studio of students spanning all ages, musical background, and goals. He has a versatile musical background, and can accordingly offer lessons that are based on the individual students' goals. His genuine passion for the art of music ensures that his students get the most out of the experience.
In-Studio: The teacher's home studio includes a piano in the dining room area. The teacher also has an acoustic and electric guitar. The student is encouraged to bring their own instrument. Seating is also available.
In-Home: I will bring myself and whatever other materials (CDs, sheet music, etc.) may be required for the lesson. The student just needs a piano/keyboard/guitar, and a place to have the lesson.
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