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Five Tips for Efficient Piano Practice in Costa Mesa

By Dustin C. - Costa Mesa Piano Teacher

Learning to play the piano can be a very rewarding experience. However, the ability to express and communicate effectively through music can be limited without proper piano technique and learning procedures. In order to make steady progress as a student taking piano lessons in Costa Mesa, it is important to know how to quickly acquire the necessary technique to conquer challenging musical passages. The following are five efficient learning procedures that can be applied to any new piano piece you begin to learn.

  1. When you are first starting to learn a piece, listen to a recording. Don't be concerned about imitating the recording because playing styles are very individualistic. If possible, listen to many recordings. The idea is to assimilate and gather new ideas and possibilities of how to approach the new piece. In the end you will most likely choose your own playing over some of those in the recordings.

  • The key for acquiring technique rapidly lies in being aware of specific tricks for reducing difficult passages to not only playable but often surprisingly simple ones. Start by practicing the most difficult sections first. Many will start a new piece off by learning the easy sections and avoid spending as much time on the difficult ones because they are not as fun and enjoyable. However, the hard sections will take the longest time to learn, so they must be given the most practice time.

  • Our next practice tip is to choose a short practice segment. This tip can have the largest effect on reducing the practice time for many reasons. First, within a difficult section there are generally only a handful of notes that cause problems for you. It really is not necessary to practice anything other than those note combinations. Second, rehearsing short segments of music allows you to practice them several, even hundreds of times in very little time. This type of practicing can teach the hand new motions very efficiently. Third, the shorter the segment you practice is, the quicker you can play it without difficulty because the short segments are much easier to play.

  • When practicing one segment or passage, make an effort to include the start of the following segment. This continuity will allow you to connect two small chunks of music that have been isolated for practice and connect them as a complete musical idea. The general idea is that any larger musical passage may be broken up into short segments for practice; however, these segments must overlap.

  • Hands separate practice is one of the most important ways of developing technique. Many students attempt to develop finger/hand technique by playing hands together and that can be much more time consuming and difficult for a variety of reasons. It is important to note that hands separate practice should be used mainly for difficult passages that cannot be played otherwise. As a student becomes more technically proficient during their piano lessons in Costa Mesa, there will be less of a need to depend on hands separate practice. However, many students and even some professional pianists never completely give up on incorporating it as a strategy in their practice. Having said that, beginning students would do well to practice hands separately with everything they learn so as to instill this important learning procedure as quickly as possible.

  • Whether you're a beginner who has just started piano lessons in Costa Mesa or a seasoned pianist, I hope these practice tricks will assist you in getting through the technical aspects of the sometimes monotonous and tedious phase of learning new music. Now that you are armed with these practice strategies I hope you will have more confidence and freedom to express yourself as a musician!

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    I've been teaching Piano for 12 years and my students have gone on to form their own groups and work with major artists around the world. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to know your way around the keyboard, and as time goes on you'll be able to naturally play what you want. I specialize in Pop, Rock, R&B, Country and Gospel and love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

    About Gregory
    The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

    Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

    29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown legends Stafford Floyd & Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, also personal music instructor to Rod
    Stewart's children, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, daughter of producer Don Gehman (John Cougar, Pat Benetar), musical director for rising vocal group of daughte
    rs of a founding member of Earth Wind & Fire & lead singer of group led by Marko Babineau (Aerosmith, G&R.) I've also sung & ministered with outreaches to try & comfort the homeless in Skid Row-downtown LA... and put on a special special presentation for my Grandmother in her nursing home before she went on to her eternal home...the most wonderful thing I've ever done.

    I sing with the 3 Gospel choirs in North Hollywood- once informed that I had become president of my Men's Choir-arranging,directing-doing the deal-as learned from personal musical mentors, Anthony Janflone Sr. (the Nicola Tesla of Music) & Motown Songwriter writer/ director, Stafford Floyd.

    I also perform as a solo artist while recording/ performing with various artists including Naomi Nektare, Jillisa Lynn, Tru Addiction, Rich Vacarro, Gary Allen, Kenny Freeman & Marko Babineau & more.

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    To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

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    1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.

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    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Korg Micro Synth, Accessories

    *** Specialties ***
    Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word
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    Liza March 10, 2018
    · Guitar · Online
    My son loves working with Greg. He is patient, creative and encouraging. We are so happy with the lessons.
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    Rebecca February 4, 2018
    · Guitar · In home
    I learned SO much in this first lesson! I'm so grateful! Can't wait for the next one!
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    · Music Recording · In home
    The first lesson was really great and informative.
    Greg was easy to talk to and very knowledgable...and was able to show me some really great things to help me work better in my recording studio.

    Highly recommended!
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    Gregory V.

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    Los Angeles, CA 90012
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    We'll learn the piano, proper hand technique, simple tunes, pop, country, classical, jazz, rock whatever gets you excited about playing the piano!!!

    I have been teaching over sixteen years.

    I tailor each individual lesson to that persons goals, needs, wants, and styles.

    My goal is to learn music the fun way. Along the way we'll learn theory, chords, scales, ear training, composition, reading music, tempo etc.

    About Seth
    Seth is available for one on one lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or mine in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on there music theory, and piano chops.

    He graduated from the prestigious Lamont School Of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in music composition.

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    Lessons are tailored to the individuals styles and goals!
    I teach all styles with focus on having fun.
    Theory, Reading Music, Ear Training, Chords etc.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I don't provide equipment, I expect the student to have there own equipment.

    ***For any students who are within 10 miles of my location, we can discuss lowering the price for travel. Feel free to contact me via the Ask a Question tool to discuss this. ***
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    Danielle T. May 8, 2018
    · Saxophone · In home
    Great match for my daughter. Seth is very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. He makes you feel comfortable in his home and he shares freely his wealth of knowledge. A pleasant experience.
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    Kyler L. March 19, 2018
    · Saxophone · Online
    Getting connected to the internet was a pain but once that was done the lesson one very well looking forward to more
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    · Saxophone · In studio
    First lesson. Lots to learn!
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    Seth D.

    Seth D.

    Inglewood, CA 90303
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    As a singer/songwriter, I compose almost all of my music on the piano. I believe it is a strong foundation to understanding music. I believe with the right technique you can conquer this beautiful instrument!

    About Samantha
    Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, her newly released Stepping Stones EP (THESE WALLS VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording equipment

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    *Piano/keyboard required

    -has travel keyboard available if necessary
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    Fernando A. March 17, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    EXCELENT
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    Nicole January 19, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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    brittany December 1, 2016
    · Ukulele · In home
    lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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    Samantha A.

    Samantha A.

    Los Angeles, CA 90034
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    I've been teaching piano for more than twenty years and many of my students have gone on to numerous competitions and won many awards. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs and recognize a few of the notes and as time goes on you'll be able to read and communicate with harder pieces. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

    About Regina
    At the age of fifteen, Ms. Regina graduated with honors from the Z. Paliashvili Special Music Gymnasium for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student of a famous Georgian pianist, Tengiz Amirejibi, she presented her country in numerous competitions. (Tengiz Amirejibi was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus, a famous Russian teacher and pianist.)

    As a child, Ms. Regina gave many solo recitals and concerts with the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra. Ms. Regina earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts with emphasis on Advanced Piano Performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory. After graduating, she worked with talented children in her alma mater for many years. Later in her professional career, Ms. Regina taught at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as well as the Moscow Music Gymnasium.

    With more than eighteen years of professional teachin
    g experience, Ms. Regina is able to offer her students a diverse range of educational resources. She specializes in teaching piano, performance, and music theory to students of all ages and levels.

    Ms. Regina's teaching techniques are based on a combination of the famous Russian Music School (based on music giants such as Konstantin Igumnov, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Neuhaus) and the American Music Education System. This combination allows each student to work at a pace comfortable for him/her, and helps all students make significant progress in the areas of sight reading, ear training, and performance skills.

    ***Teaching Schedule***
    Ms. Regina teaches in her Glendale studio and the surrounding areas every day of the week except for Saturdays. She teaches in her Orange County studio located in Fountain Valley on Saturdays.

    ***Travel Area and Special Rates***
    If the system shows that your location is out of my travel area, please contact me by messaging through TakeLessons! Also feel free to inquire for discounts for siblings!
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    Karina G. February 6, 2017
    · Classical Piano · In home
    Regina was awesome can't wait for my next lesson!
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    Hannah F. January 23, 2017
    · Piano · In studio
    Comfortable to be with.
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    Kerry A. January 19, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Regina is wonderful. My son has only been playing for a few months and the ease with which she teaches and instructs leaves him feeling successful and motivated. I would recommend her to anyone.

    Kerry
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    Regina G.

    Regina G.

    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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    Whether you're just wanting to learn the piano as an absolute beginner, looking to review and start studying again, or you're a singer / songwriter who desires to learn the piano to write songs or accompany yourself on stage, let's get in contact and start with some lessons.

    About Mauricio
    Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
    ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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    Jack May 4, 2017
    · Guitar · In studio
    Good.
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    Maria May 1, 2017
    · Piano · In studio
    We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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    Maria February 4, 2017
    · Piano · In studio
    3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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    Mauricio O.

    Hawthorne, CA 90250
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    If you are new in music lessons, I will help you with my smart method of teaching music. Little kids who has hard time to find a right and considerate and patient teacher, you will never be disappointed of my class. Good for starting with joyful music class.

    About Diana
    Passionate teacher.
    More information at kimsmusicschool.com
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    Devontae F. April 5, 2018
    · Violin · In studio
    Diana is an amazing instructor. Very energetic and understanding. The first lesson, we jumped right in and began to get comfortable in the music. Very much recommended as an instructor!
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    Alex June 30, 2015
    · Piano · In home
    Ms. Diana is very sweet and patient teacher. My son and daughter are learning Piano and Violin with Ms. Diana. She knows how to make kids be interested in music. She has a talent to make my kids enjoy her lesson. We have taking her lessons for 3 years and I feel we are very lucky to start our kids' music lessons with her. Because I have seen so many students have hard time to reset their thinking of music and posture once they got used to learn music from bad teachers.
    I guarantee you will NEVER regret to invite her as your kid's first music teacher.
    She is passionate, patient, and sweet piano & violin teacher.
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    Yasuko O. June 15, 2015
    · Violin · In studio
    My daughter , Celine has been learning violin from Ms. Diana Kim for 3 years.
    At first, Celine had to change all her bad posture from her previous teacher. After 6 months , Celine was able to correct her bad posture and she won a lot of competitions and passed certificate auditions and orchestra auditions.
    Ms. Kim always says bad posture is very related to mad sound and it makes a limit to be improved as a violin player.
    What I was impressed was Ms. Kim came most of my daughter's competitions and auditions, recitals. Ms. Kim encouraged my daughter when my daughter was so nervous to play on the stages. I can feel Ms. Kim really loves her students and cares a lot once people become her students.
    Bi- Monthly student recital in her studio, helps a lot for kids who wants to have a stage experience and it is very important for their confidence.
    I heard Ms. Kim started to teach in Youth orchestra and music colleges. I cheer for her students and her teaching classes.
    I strongly recommend Ms. Kim for your kids. A great teacher makes huge difference of performance and most of all their student's personality and future.
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    Diana K.

    Torrance, CA 90501
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    I achieved Grade 8 Distinction Piano when I was 14 years old, with one of the highest marks in my country (I'm from the UK), with a score of 142 out of 150. I went on to develop my own theatre show with live piano and have toured internationally as a vocalist and pianist.

    I'm great with beginners and intermediate players, I love building confidence and really helping to develop great technique and methods. I love classical music!

    About Kimberley
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    My name is Kimberley, and I'm a British singer/songwriter, and I love teaching young people about this amazing industry! I offer songwriting, singing and piano lessons, as well as writing and composition. My first rule is that there isn't any! Each student is unique and different, and my goal is to teach in a way that's fun and interesting and keeps people engaged.

    I teach all ages, young and old, novice to experienced, and take great joy in meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them learn.

    Coaching can take place at your home or we can sit outside in my apartment by the pool, we can even go to a park and sit in the sunshine! I'm really flexible and want this to work for you at your own pace to help you reach your own goals.

    I received one of the hig
    hest marks ever in the country for Grade 8 piano when I was 14 years old and I haven't looked back! I've performed all over the world as a singer, and have always incorporated my piano as much as I can. I have had a joint number one in the UK, as well as other singles in the charts and have done arena tours throughout the UK and Europe. I have masses of performance experience and a lot of industry contacts as well.

    Get in touch and we'll go from there! I'm excited to meet you and chat about what you want to achieve.
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    · Singing · In home
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    · Singing · Online
    Was a fantastic teacher and very easy to talk to and learn from!
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    Conrad June 19, 2017
    · Singing · In studio
    I am so happy to have gained a better mastery of my own voice. I cant thank you enough for your positive attitude and insight on how I can become a better musician.
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    Kimberley E.

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    Los Angeles, CA 90046
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    I originally learnt to play piano through a private instructor, but then shifted to teaching myself. I think this gives me a good balance of both understanding what students can find challenging and also the best methods to teach it. I have been playing piano for almost 7 years now, and have been teaching for almost 3 years. I have a deep understanding of music theory from my time studying it extensively in both high school in AP Music Theory and in college as part of my music minor.

    About Max
    I have been playing drums since I was 10 years old (12 years) and have played in both my high school jazz band and college jazz band. While jazz drums is my specialty, I feel extremely comfortable teaching all styles of drum, from rock to Latin. I have experience teaching students ranging from complete beginners to as much as 6 years of drumming experience.

    I have been playing piano for almost 7 years now, and have been teaching for almost 3 years. I have a deep understanding of music theory from my time studying it extensively in both high school in AP Music Theory and in college as part of my music minor. I feel comfortable teaching students ranging from complete beginners to up to 3 years of experience.

    Music is my passion and my greatest joy comes from being able to share my passion with others through teaching.
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    Aaron February 10, 2018
    · Piano · In studio
    When I started taking lessons with Max, I had no prior experience, and he's been very patient and helpful with answering all my questions and helping me improve! He's also been very flexible with my crazy schedule. If you're looking to beef up your piano skills, this is the guy to go with!
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    · Piano · In home
    Hire this pro if you are interested in learning piano. He offers a personalized piano course where individuals can learn their notes in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Thanks for your help!
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    Eric G. March 11, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Really knows his stuff and has helped me take my beginner piano skills to the next level! Max knows anything from jazz, pop, blues, classical, and Latin! He is an expert in his field and its truly been great having him as a teacher.
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    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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    Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for almost 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange county.

    I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles.

    Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!

    About Douglas
    Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for almost 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange county.

    I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles.

    Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!
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    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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    Having been part of a band, Klaviam, for over 12 years, I have the technical skills and knowledge of not only the piano, but also a wide array of other instruments as well, such as the guitar, drums, and bass. My music is highly diverse as well, so I can teach my students everything from classical to heavy metal.

    My foremost philosophy in teaching piano is following the student's goals and dreams, not mine. While curriculum work is certainly vital, it is far more important that my students receive help they need in accomplishing their biggest aspirations in music. Whether you want to be a music composer, rock-star, or just playing for your loved ones, I can bring you closer to that goal.

    About Alec
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    Music has always been my passion throughout my life. I don't think there has been a day where I haven't engaged in music in some way. Teaching others how to experience this level of passion brings me the upmost joy in my life. There is nothing I would do else than sharing my knowledge of music.

    I currently work as a video-game composer, so pairing my main career with teaching seems like a perfect marriage. I would be happy to discuss the techniques behind music creation.

    -=What are your current rates?=-
    Standard Lesson Plan: $25 for 30 minutes. The day's lesson will include practical warm-ups, going through the curriculum, and finally, learning a song of the student's choice as the end.

    Premium Lesson Plan: $32 for 40 minutes. In addition to the previous activities, I will also teach the basics of creating your own
    songs. I will demonstrate the techniques used in song creation, the rules, and how to break the rules if necessary.

    -=What is your typical process for working with a new student?=-
    I will first go over with the student the days and times for our lessons. After a sufficient schedule has been laid out, I will listen to the student's needs and goals he wants to accomplish. I will personally adjust the curriculum and session time to fit the student's requirements.

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    I have been a part of the band, Klaviam for over 12 years, and have played the piano for even longer. I have been instructed by wonderful and experienced tutors in both piano and compositional skills. I am also familiar with digital audio workstations (DAWs), and can instruct students should they want to pursue that area.

    -=What types of students have you worked with?=-
    Mostly 6-18 year-olds, but I have also worked with younger children, as well as adult beginners as well.
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    Sarah Jones April 10, 2018
    · Songwriting · In home
    I got so much value for my daughter's piano lessons. I was surprised when she played her own songs to me. On top of that, Alec was very on top of things when it came to lesson planning, homework, and attendance. If you are new to piano, I would recommend signing up with Alec.
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    David April 10, 2018
    · Piano · In home
    As the parent of my child who took lessons, Alec is by far one of the most organized tutors around. My daughter got through her first book at lightening pace and we are excited to continue taking lessons.
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    Melissa April 10, 2018
    · Songwriting · In home
    Fantastic lessons! I learned a lot about songwriting and even made a portfolio of songs I've written!
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    Alec W.

    Alec W.

    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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    Average Cost of Piano Lessons in Costa Mesa, CA

    The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons in Costa Mesa is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $59 and $68 per hour.

    45-min $44
     
    $49 average
    $53
    60-min $59
     
    $64 average
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    For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute piano lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute piano lessons are 24% less expensive at $49.

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