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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: No
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Piano, Music Performance
I.S.N.U. - Music - 1960-1961
WIlson Jr. College - Drama - 1961-1962
College without Walls - Accounting/Bus Law - 1965-66
Stage presence Use of microphone Dramatic performances Classical Piano techniques
For Adults we discuss their goals and I come up with a plan that we can both agree on to get them there within reason. For children and all beginning students I start with the basics. We learn the keyboard, and the corresponding notes on the music. Treble Clef, and Bass Clef become new words in your vocabulary along with the first seven letters of the alphabet. After you learn your way around the keyboard and the Music Staff we start on the next most important part of music, rhythm. I
use a variety of percussion instruments and recorded music to teach the various time signatures depending on the age of the student. This makes it more relevant and enjoyable when they can relate to the music they listen to everyday and pick out the time signatures, By now you can read music even if slowly at first, and the addition of rhythm makes it more fun to play. This usually happens within the first six months for children, and the first three months with Adults. Practice is essential , and I recommend that each student practice for 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours a day depending on their age. I also use scales to help improve dexterity and strengthen the fingers. Students are recorded to track their progress and for me to listen to their lessons and spot problems for correction that I may have missed during the lessons. I also work with performers in perfecting their stage presence and audition skills. With today's opportunities to become overnight stars with just a video, you want to maximize your chances in any way you can. As a producer of many shows and concerts, I can help make that happen for you.
As a child prodigy, my music talent was discovered at the ripe old age of three when I began playing Christmas carols on a toy piano I got for Christmas. After 16 years of private tutors, a scholarship to the Conservatory and studies of music Theory, Drama, and Conducting in College, I decided I didn't want to teach I wanted to play. I began a lifelong career as a pianist, writer, producer. I started playing for Sunday School in the Third grade and have continued to play for various
churches as an Organist, Choir Director and Minister of Music for the past 45+ years. I began my own production company in the early 70's and have produced numerous productions showcasing the talents of young and old. My students range from 5 years to 87 years young and I specialize in teaching Seniors how to fill their retirement years with music. Although some instruments may best be learned when you are young so you can develop the required callouses I believe everyone can play something even if it's nothing more than a Recorder. I have had the joy of teaching many Seniors how to surprise their mates with beautiful music after only 6 months of lessons. Many parents have seen their children suddenly do better in school after mastering the art of playing for themselves . Then they have participated in talent shows, school performances, and church pageants. The fun of being able to sit down and make music for your own enjoyment is almost as much fun as playing for the enjoyment of others. I look forward to continuing to share my love of music and the skills to play for yourself with students from Take lessons.
In-Home: I will provide the percussion, recorder and recorded material.
Student: Purchase recommended material. Provide your own instrument, and computer or lap top if possible . Internet access not necessary but helpful.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by EllisV Gwendolyn is a wonderful instructor. She is patient and kind. My daughter enjoys her lessons.
May 1, 2012
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