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My goal as a piano teacher is to help every student understand and learn to appreciate the language of Music. Every student is unique and therefore receives a personalized piano education. No two student learn exactly the same way at precisely the same speed! Therefore treating students as individuals is very important to me. With time students will discover what music means to them personally. The impact and influence of music on people is precious in many different ways. Piano lessons are a lifetime investment and its rewards and benefits will help enrich your life.
I am a classically trained pianist from Germany, where I acquired a Piano Teaching Certification. Thanks to my wonderful piano teacher who was both a concert pianists and college-level music professor I now can share my love for music with others. I have taken college-level piano classes in music theory and group instruction. Also, to further my education, I am studying various piano pedagogy material in order to be of even better service to my students.
My teaching background consists of four years of experience in teaching not only piano, but also tutoring Math, Latin and German, which greatly contributed to the expansion and deepening of my teaching skills. Most importantly, after moving to the US several years ago, I founded the Musical Moonlight Piano Studio, which is now celebrating its two-year anniversary. Watching a student succeed is the highest reward a teacher can receive and I am looking forward to see you become a member of the studio.
*** Lesson Details ***
Although no lesson is exactly the same and every student is approached differently, the basic structure usually resembles the following:
1. Warm-up fingers by technical exercises
2. Review homework, work through it, correct mistakes, improve performance, etc.
3. Introduce new pieces, new material (e.g. theory)
*** Studio Equipment ***
The Studio Equipment includes (but is not limited to):
- a piano
- a variety of music
Before you start piano lessons, you will need to have a functioning piano and an honest desire to learn to play :)
*** Travel Equipment ***
- piano literature
- any necessary additional material
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching piano. Although most of my experience is from teaching children and teenagers, adults are most welcome as well. I am fully convinced that it is never too late to start learning how to play an instrument!
Music Theory, Piano, Singing
I am a musician who has played in many bands. My primary instrument is piano and voice. I also play rhythm guitar. My current group is a "Who" tribute band, performing a complete history of the rock group, The Who.
I play by ear but also read music. If you are looking for an old school, rigid, teacher who only has students only follow books, then you should look elsewhere. If you want to be able to play or sing with feel and learn music theory with some reading in a comfortable working studio then contact me.
*** Studio Equipment ***
-Petrof upright piano
- Mackie PA system
- Guild F15 acoustic guitar
*** Travel Equipment ***
-Roland Midi 2
- Guild F-15 acoustic guitar
*** Specialties ***
Patient, creative, flexible and fun.
Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone
Sharing my musical knowledge, ideas, passion, and experience is a core part of who I am and what I do. I am quite proud of my students' many accomplishments. For each student I tailor a unique, fun, creative, and complete learning plan based upon their interests and goals for all levels of development.
Since 1992 I have been teaching music lessons, working with ensembles, and teaching a wide variety of music courses at Universities, Colleges and Conservatories. I hold a Doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of Iowa and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. Currently, I teach in the music departments of the University of Southern Maine and Bowdoin College.
Additionally, and just as rewarding for me, I maintain a vibrant saxophone, composition/theory, piano (classical and jazz), and flute studio out of my home studio in Brunswick, Maine. I creatively strive to help each student realize their goals and musical potential. I am honored that students travel regularly to Brunswick from as far away as New Hampshire, Scarborough, Bethel, Waterville, Cape Elizabeth and Blue Hill to study with me.
Busy as a composer, bandleader and saxophonist, I have played in New York, Miami, Boston, greater New England, Chicago, throughout the Midwest and on NPR's JazzSet hosted by Branford Marsalis. I love playing a wide variety of styles and have worked professionally in many genres including symphony orchestras, Cuban bands, funk bands, classical chamber ensembles, pop/rock groups, diverse jazz ensembles and as a concert soloist. In addition to the album projects that I have led, I have been featured on nationally acclaimed projects led by Richard Nelson, Elijah Levi and Tatsu Aoki; and I have appeared on numerous studio recordings. In addition to the great musicians I have already mentioned, I have had the pleasure of performing with renowned musicians such as the Temptations, Gunther Schuller, Danilo Perez, George Russell, Wycliffe Gordon, Louis Bellson, Fred Anderson, and Tim Hagans.
Currently, I am working on new music for my latest project - PURSUIT. A New York City-centered 14 member ensemble, PURSUIT is dedicated to performing and recording my, and co-leader Richard Nelson's, pan-stylistic compositions while featuring this unique ensemble's prodigious improvisational and creative gifts.
You can find my albums on i-tunes, Amazon and Spotify. Here are some album reviews:
"A young, new master of the saxophone has arrived, and his name is Tim . . . Before My Life is what contemporary jazz is all about and is a showcase of perfect performances."
Lee Prosser -- Jazz Review
"This is the sound of . . . expanding American art."
James Nichols -- All About Jazz
"Pleasing set . . . The saxophonist is great . . . no wasted notes . . . Compelling music . . . This is fine, satisfying stuff."
Jason Bivins -- Cadence
"Agile minds . . .Tim is an open, lyrical player who can unfurl a wide range of ideas at a dizzying pace . . . appealing atmosphere . . . flows beautifully . . . Tim designs hypnotic concepts that capture the imagination . . . indelible spirit."
Jerry D'Souza -- All About Jazz
"This recording confirms the hopes we had placed on him . . . Probing excursions . . . On soprano, He skillfully avoids the saccharine tone that mars too many saxophonists . . . fiery dialogues . . . contemplative and lyrical communions . . . seamless and breezy . . . solid outing."
Alain Drouot -- Chicago Jazz Institute
"Lovely chamber jazz . . . They swing, experiment, solo comfortably, swing some more and interpret with creative passion . . . Tim soars lyrically with alto and soprano melodic sketches. Carrying a blues foundation and providing plenty of room for spontaneity, the program connects intuitively
with the audience . . . exotic flavors . . . They create impressions that let their audience travel through time and space."
Jim Santella -- All About Jazz
"Quality of music is excellent . . . "Rise and Fall" is a beautiful ballad that displays both Tim's wonderful tone on soprano sax and Aoki's big, fat bass notes . . . unhurried duo musical communication . . . good soloing by the horns and swinging bass lines . . . "Old Growth" is stunningly beautiful."
Francis Lo Kee -- All About Jazz New York
"Unusual and well crafted . . . memorable . . . Tim and Aoki in top-notch form . . . creative sounds . . . remarkable . . . smooth, mellow approach which is enjoyable. . . "Ancient Pines Suite" is intense in scope and presentation, and there is much good to say about it, and its thematic structure. [Ancient Pines Suite] is a strong entry for anywhere and anytime . . . Wide base of appeal . . . a fine example of what can be creatively expressed . . . wide range and a wide scope, and it entertains . . . straight-ahead stylings add to its brilliance. Highly recommended jazz fusion!"
Lee Prosser -- Jazz Review.com
"Tim has a rich timbre and consistent vision . . . compelling terrain."
Marc Masters --Jazz Times
"Fans of Maria Schneider's big band work will enjoy Tim's arrangements . . . reminiscent of Gil Evans, especially at times in the coloring . . . solid charts that clearly call on tradition . . . modern elements infused, like funky bass on "Adverse Side Effects," fusionesque electric guitar by Steve Grismore on "Cirrus" and "Retrospection" . . . The interesting works are well-played by this ensemble."
-- Chicago Sound.com
"Tim’s compositions are thickly scored and rich in extended harmonies with close chordal relationships, such as those heard in the work of Thad Jones . . . shifting kaleidoscopic, quasi-psychedelic rhythms . . . an amalgamation of thoughtfully serious compositions for the modern big band that many times play on concepts usually utilized in classical music: large formal structures, the development of rhythmic motives, large timbral palettes and advanced harmonic configurations."
-- Jazz Review.com
"Saxophonist Tim is passionate about large ensembles . . . unusual big band program includes free jazz, fusion and bebop . . . Tim pushes the envelope using the large ensemble to play multiple layers of jazz-fusion on "Epilogue Groove." The reflective vibe of "Retrospection" has an exotic character and the brass harmonies highlight "Mr. ID." Nice work!"
Oscar Groomes -- O's Place, Jazz.com
"Elton Dean. Tim Berne. Tim. Welcome to the exclusive club of outstanding sax players/composers/improvisers . . . a perfect album . . . This disc is a great blend of composition and improvisation and it swings! . . . Before My Life has a uniqueness of vision. Tim is the composer of Chicago." -- Beyond Coltrane
" . . . A thinking man's player and composer . . ."
Owen Cordle -- JazzTimes
"This is a really fine recording, generous in terms of playing, with considered compositions and a ton of spirit."
Jason Bivins -- Cadence
" . . . Meditating on alto, Tim sounds like 'Trane did on Central Park West . . ."
John Barrett -- Jazz USA
" . . . A fine new voice on alto . . . loose and swinging and broadly expressive . . ."
Stuart Broomer -- Cadence
Thanks so much for your interest in lessons and I hope to meet you soon!
*** Lesson Details ***
I gladly teach the following to ALL ages:
Saxophone - all abilities and styles
Improvisation - all instruments
Beginning Piano - all styles
Composition - all styles
Audition Prep, Choir, Classical Piano, Golf, Music Performance, Piano, Viola, Violin
Jeffery K. is the founding member of the Wolfeboro Chamber Ensemble and Music Director of the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro. He is performing extensively as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist performing with ensembles such as New England String Ensemble, Portland Symphony, Landmark Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, Vermont Symphony and others.
Learning to play the piano should be fun. My piano lessons are structured specifically to meet each student's need, according to their musical interests. Improve your skills as I take the lessons to the comfort of your home, whether you live in Portland ME, Westbrook ME, South Portland ME, Gorham ME, or the other neighboring communities.
In these lessons you will learn:
Proper posture and playing technique to avoid injury
How to read and interpret a sheet of music
Chords, and how they function in the different scales
How to play songs from a recording by ear
How to understand the unique elements that separate genres and styles
Whether you are interested in learning; pop, gospel, jazz, rock, funk, classical or just some old traditional hymns, I can help you to achieve your goals. It doesnâÂ€Â™t matter if you are touching the piano for the first time, or already have a couple of years of experience, I can show you how to get to the next level of your musical journey.
Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano
I studied jazz performance & classical music at USM and studied jazz piano with Charlie Banacos.
I have been teaching since I was 15 years old through the state's Gifted program and qualified for both gifted in fine arts as well as the general IQ requirement.
Since then I have had great success with many students resulting in some deciding on music as a career and going off to college specifically for piano. My students range from ages 3 to 85, currently.
I have had experience teaching people with special needs ranging from autism to ADD, and also sometimes with what I consider great success. (Achieved fundamental music literacy and one such student progressed into the 3rd level John Thompson book after 2 years.)
Currently I teach at Tune Town in Wells, ME. as well as privately in Sanford, ME. And perform in the greater Portland area.
"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."