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I have been teaching piano in the Seattle area for close to ten years. I have worked with young beginners to intermediate and some advanced students. My methods are eclectic and I often draw from the Kodaly Method for beginners. I encourage my students to sing along while they play to reinforce learning, accessing multiple neural pathways.
I teach my students to read music and play with feeling and heart. I instill a love of music in my students by creating musical moments in them and expose them to a wide variety of genres and styles. Students will learn basic technique, theory, improvisation, and performance etiquette, all while having fun!
I am an enthusiastic musician with a talent for teaching. I have worked as a voice and piano teacher in Seattle for eight years. I was employed at The West Side Music Academy for over three years and am currently working on a Bachelors in Music Education at Seattle Pacific University. I am a huge believer in being a lifelong student! I have continued my music education throughout my adult life and have studied Jazz, Opera, Pop, Rock, Reggae, Blues, Soul, and Folk. As a pianist I began individual instruction at age 14, and have studied Jazz with Darius Willrich, Ryan Burns, Dan Kramlich and Mark Samson. I began singing and playing piano at age 5. I have been involved in school and church choirs including The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Seattle Pacific University Women's Choir, and ...
Structured to reading sheet music and ear training. Includes music theory chord progressions, classical and pop.
MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and experienced musician available for instruction offering the following: # In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone recognition # Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include: Guitar - electric & acoustic Drum Kit and percussion rhythms Piano/Keyboard # Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age groups Personal experience includes: 1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord progressions, and alternate tuning. 2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing,
I can teach basic piano skills, including the fingering and chord approaches.
I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons. My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning ...
I offer Simply Music piano lessons in my studio. Simply Music focuses on the sheer pleasure of playing. The hands-on approach, and immediate results, dispels the notion that learning to play means enduring years of lessons, boring practice sessions and relentless hours of drills.
How is Simply Music different?
-The quantity of music learned
-The quality of music you immediately learn to play
-The speed of your progress
-The ease with which you experience the process
The Simply Music Method is based on the premise that everyone, without exception, is naturally musical. Traditional methods insist that beginners learn to read music as the means of learning to play. This removes the natural connection between student and instrument and commonly, removes all the fun, too. In fact, expecting children to read before they have learned to play is like expecting children to read and write before they have learned to talk.
In stark contrast, Simply Music temporarily delays ...
A native of West Seattle, Rian took his first piano lessons at the age of seven. His middle school music teacher recognized Rian’s musical talent and gave him his first public performance opportunity during the school’s annual musical. Rian would go on to play piano for the middle school productions for 3 more years. As Rian progressed into high school his talent increased as well. As a freshman in high school Rian successfully tried-out for the award winning JFK High School Jazz Band and soon took over as the primary pianist. While performing at a high school jazz band festival he was singularly awarded the “Best Rhythm Section” award, a prize usually given to a band’s entire rhythm section. Rian concluded his high school musical career with a trip to the Washington Music Educators ...
I do not teach above beginning piano. Basically, I shouldn't be taking work from all those wonderfully hardworking instructors that offer as an alternative - more depth, proficiency, experience and technically proper instruction.
There are a few reasons why I offer piano lessons. First, I'm qualified in teaching the rudimentary rules and technique of the piano. Second, I incorporate the piano when teaching guitar. Third, I generally use the piano when teaching composition, songwriting and arranging. The reason for this is because the piano offers increased range, tonal depth and visual convenience when illustrating concepts to my students.
Indeed as a kid, I was simply blown away as to how music showcases almost endless stimulating possibilities. This in terms of structure, different genres, discordance, harmony, tamber, melody and rhythm. For it would be these very profound attributes noticed back then that sustain me today. As a young aspiring musician, "universal" would be last words out of an poor observers mouth. This especially when describing my several attempts in playing speed metal on my sisters viola. It would be these sort of behaviors that summoned my father to buy his resourceful son a electric guitar and amp. The rest was history. A history plagued with disturbing reverberations along my parents bedroom walls and garage doors. This while placing a heavy burden on their pocket books in begging for ...
New to music? Don't worry. Beginners will learn the basic fundamentals of music, including:
Proper playing technique, and
In addition to pieces and homework assigned from method books, I often assign more challenging pieces for students to work on from the standard Classical repertoire. I have found that the combination of method books and Classical literature help beginners progress more rapidly and also have more fun!
Intermediate to advanced students will transition their focus from the basics to elements of expression. We will explore how to further their musicality by analyzing the music and going beyond what's written on the page. Students will delve into topics including:
Arm relaxation and different touch techniques
Performance etiquette and coping with anxiety, and more!
Hi there! My name is Kelley, and I have been teaching private lessons since 2009. I have over 20 years of playing experience and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance in 2011 from the University of Washington. In 2013-14, I helped prepare students for participation in the Bach Festival and the Classical Viennese Festival, as well as the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest. A big part of my teaching philosophy revolves around understanding the why's: why does this piece of music make me feel the way I do? Why does this particular passage sound good to me? Why should I bring out this phrase? Conversely, why is this section not sounding the way I want it to sound, and how do I fix it? Being a good musician and pianist, to me, means being well-rounded and ...
"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."