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I teach beginning students any age the basics of Music Theory including note reading, rhythm, hand placement, chords etc. Learn to play some of your favorite songs.
I use the Faber & Faber series of piano books. I also like to use other material to add interest and variety.
I've been teaching piano for 8 yrs.
Piano should be a fun and exciting way of expressing yourself. Once you learn the notes and some theory it becomes easier to learn other instruments too.
My number one goal is to keep students interested in piano, and I have an enormous repertory of music for them to choose from which helps succeed in that goal. I would prefer they all at least begin playing classically, but it just sometimes doesn't turn out that way. If they start lessons very young I use the Bastien Books but almost immediately I am supplementing their repertory with auxiliary pieces. No matter what age, I start them in an appropriate method book (love Bastien) but pull from a large surplus of auxiliary books and sheet music to supplement the method book. I play songs at their level and let them choose which ones they like best as we go along. I NEVER force a student to play a certain piece. NEVER. They can build a rock solid music foundation choosing pieces they love. Ideally they are playing some classical standards accompanied by some popular pieces. I incorporate theory, from a key based perspective. Songs, scales, primary chords, ear training all in the same ...
I seek to teach the language of music; to give students the basic building blocks they need in order to find their own style of expression and harmony in life. When I was growing up practicing piano, I hated how boring it was to practice (I still loathe practicing!). I want to show students how they can break the music down and enjoy the tone of the simplest chord, and find practicing to be more brain engaging.
Learning an instrument requires commitment and responsibility, both from teacher and student. Please let me know at least 24 hours ahead of time if a lesson is to be missed, and we can schedule a make-up lesson.
Learning is a two-way process. I cannot teach if the student is not willing to listen, learn, and try new things. Practicing MUST be a daily routine (at least 20-30 minutes a day); without practice we cannot move forward.
With younger children, I ask that the ...
My students excel in everything they do because of the techniques we learn that incorporate skills to strengthen learning in subjects including: math, science, languages, reading, writing, creativity and many more life long skills. I challenge my students and encourage them to have fun most of all in pursuing their passions for music.
Jessica's specialty in piano extends to improve and intermediate reading levels. Where she shines i songwriting, improve, chord theory and application. She has lead a band for 5 years and plays keyboard as well as piano very well. With her vast performing experience, she helps performers expand their technical knowledge in piano as well.
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Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!
Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.
Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.
Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.
Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.
Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.
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