The students will be train in music theory, ear training, have an understanding of the scales in the treble and bass cleff as well as being able to sight read the material that is put in front of them. We will work on learning to play from the heart once the music is learn as well as improvising on what is played. There will be training in technique and learning the definitions of each musical term that is shown in the song. In short, the students will know when to play the music loud, or soft, and when to play it fast or slow. We will go over standard, spiritual, patriotic and classical music; but we will focus on what the students are most interested in. My goal is to teach my students a wide range of music and to give them a strong understanding of what the songs are saying. Music is universal and reaches all ages at every level which would be from childhood through adulthood. Learning the art of playing an instrument is being able to communicate in a different language. We will work on the chords together to make the music more full. We will also work with the Hanon Series for finger technique, The Mozart Series for children from 4 through 7, the Alfred Series for children from 8 through 17 and the Alfred Adult Series for my Adult Students.
I studied under Mr. Willis Ley at Ley Studio for eighteen years. She was an accompanist for the Heritage School of Dance for twelve years and also played for the School for the Richmond Ballet for One Year. Sandra was trained in contemporary, patriotic and classical music as well as music theory. She has taught children and adults piano both in their homes as well as in her home. She is an accomplished pianist who will give the student a rewarding and fulfilling experience in mastering the keyboard to their fullest potential and play any song for there own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I would work with the student on learning there favorite song. This would be a goal to set for the student for the first three months. They would be taught to do the scale with their right hand. They would learn there sharps and flats and the difference between the two key signatures. They would also learn during the first six months some of the basic terms in music theory. I would set goals, but never overwhelm the student, but work with them according to how much they could take in. They would have weekly assignments. If an assignment is not mastered during that time, then we would review it and carry it to the next week. When one assignment is mastered, then the student would work on the next. This would be a step by step processed. My goal for the student the first six months is to get that child or adult to be able to play their chords in their left hand, octaves and fillings in their right hand and know how to work the pedals. They would understand and know the key signatures and what timing they are playing in. The student would also know some of the basic music terms. Please keep in mind that this depends on how much information that the student can process. With some it could take a little bit longer. With others it would take less time.
*** Studio Equipment ***
f/w keyboard ("It's heavy, it was metal inside it!") w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect payment on any music material that I purchase at the Music Store.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Classical, Patriotic, Standard and Spiritual and also children's music for beginners. I do a wide range of music from the fifties up to today.
Provide appropriate music for church services as well as for the Women's Group.
Provide background music for the meetings which consists of contemporary to patriotic to spiritual music. This is done on a bi-weekly schedule.
Provided music for modern, tap, jazz and ballet dancing from beginner through advanced. Also did recitals with the school at various locations.