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I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliché to say so, but it's true! :)
For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.
I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)
*** Lesson Details ***
The main thing that I like to remind students of, when they take lessons with me, is that music is FUN! A lot of hard work goes into it, but the end result is always rewarding! I am a pretty laid back teacher, yet I still work to inspire my students to try their hardest and to be the best that they can be at what they do. It is very important to me that my students get their musical wants AND needs fulfilled.
***I now teach BEGINNING guitar and piano!***
In my lessons we work on a variety of topics, including:
-Gaining a feel and command for your own instrument.
-Finding your SOUND: (Vocalists) Making sure that you are singing the right music for your vocal style and also that connects directly to you, the vocalist. (Instrumentalists) Helping you to produce the right tones on your instrument.
-EXERCISES: (Vocalists) Breathing and vocalization that will lessen fatigue and enhance the strength, endurance, and quality of your voice. (Instrumentalists) Scales, Etudes, etc. to strengthen the muscles being utilized while playing, and also to build up muscle memory and accuracy.
-Music Theory and Ear-Training
-Building your repertoire, which is necessary for performance.
-Arranging and Communication with your accompanying musicians or band.
-Exercising variation and creativity through improvisation.
-How to Perform! You can have great chops, but YOUR interpretation of a given piece of music is equally important. Everyone’s style is different, and we will find and develop YOUR style!
It is my personal responsibility to not only help the student reach their goals, but to have a hand in instilling a deep love and respect for the art.
*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key piano, (Yamaha keyboard), cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, library, computer, lessons are given in the living room.
*** Specialties ***
As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.
For cello, I take the standard approach; getting to know the instrument and assigning various exercises so that the student will gain technical fluency, and building repertoire. Although I am not a certified Suzuki teacher, I do use some of their methods, since I, myself was a Suzuki student. I like teaching the student memorization of pieces, so that they can focus on technique and expression within a given piece.
Piano and cello have been quintessential in my life for the past 40 years. I have been fortunate to share my passion and love of these two instruments with young musicians in the past 30 years, to develop their own interests and skills in music.
Born from a musician’s family in Beijing, China, Grace started music lessons at the age of 5. She has enjoyed the process of learning, performing and teaching piano and cello. After graduating from the China Conservatory of Music, Grace happily joined the world-renowned Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, she showcased in two solo concertos with the Australian Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
As an established young musician, she moved to the United States in 1989. Since then, she has worked as a free-lance musician and taught master classes at the Kingwood Music School in the greater Houston area. Grace also served as an adjudicator for the Texas Solo and Ensemble Festival up until 1995. From 1995 through 2002, she has been a cello and piano instructor at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts.
In 1998, Grace established her own music studio. Her students include local piano and cello festival winners from such events as the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, Northwest Chopin Festival, and Washington State Solo and Ensemble. In her free time, Grace is an avid outdoor enthusiast; she spends weekends hiking, skiing and exploring all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. Despite various interests, Grace’s passion for music supersedes all else; she was born into a musical family and instills daily in her students, a zealous love for music.
• 1981 – 1985, BA, China Conservatory of Music
• 1985 – 1987, MA, China Conservatory of Music
• 1990 - 1993, MA, Ole Miss, University of Mississippi
*** Lesson Details ***
1, Basic hands training .
Create a simple melody, then repeat it in a different keys, add left hand accompaniment if possible.
2, More hands training. Use the same tone the student created previous week, I will help them to develop into a
little music piece. Identify keys and fingering.
3, Developing finger power. Hands play together at diffirent timing. By the end of 3rd week, students are
expected play a short piece musically.
After 3 months power finger training and fun creative musical activities, all new students from my studio should be able to play at least 2 contracted pieces on their first group class or even recital.
• Accepts eager music enthusiasts 5 years and older
• Offers one-on-one classical piano/cello instruction
• 30 minuets weekly lessons / theory
• Professional and recreational repertoires are available
• Suzuki and traditional methods
• Students are offered performance, adjudication/competition opportunities
. Help pianist to prepare exams and cellists for chair auditions
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Grand piano, digital piano
Office room: Yamaha professional upright piano
*** Specialties ***
Offer one-on-one classical piano and cello instruction
Suzuki method on cello and piano
Cello group lessons
Cello, Ear Training, Essay Writing, French, German, Grammar, GRE, Humanities, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Spanish, Viola, Violin, Writing
I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
"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."