Now teaching and mentoring creative writing by email or chat.
Check out my blog posts!
How to Write a Song on Piano | 6 Tips for Writing Lyrics http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-a-song-
8 Simple Steps for Learning Fast Piano Songs http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-fast-piano-songs
How to Safely Store or Move a Piano | Caring For Your Piano http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-moving
How to Practice Piano Arpeggios | Tips and Exercises http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-arpeggios
I am from a musical family of several generations, all the way back to my great grandfather! I am the niece of acclaimed Jazz Trombonist Urbie Green, the cousin and ( I'm told ) the first classical piano inspiration of award-winning Jazz Pianist Jesse Green. Many of the musicians in my family are members of the American Federation of Musicians; I am a former member of the AFM in good standing.
Among my other relatives have been numerous less-known, yet greatly accomplished professional musicians, from famous name swing bands to New Orleans jazz. Stars and glamour in the music business have been part of me from the time I was a gleam in my parents' eyes.
Although my family's renown is in the jazz idiom, I studied classical piano, sheet music and singing for musical theater from pre-K through high school. My experience has included playing an electric keyboard and singing vocals in a professional, working band.
After playing with bands in high school, as a college music major, making good grades was a piece of cake! I was invited to phi theta kappa honors society, graduated with honors and, with a 4.0 grade point average, was offered an opportunity to study in the professions.
Being from such a musical family, the idea of learning an academic profession sounded exciting, so I graduated University, served an internship, and passed professional licensing exams before I learned that being a " pro " did not guarantee financial security.
Due to the economy, I made a decision to return to my roots. I have dusted off the piano and refreshed my music skills so I may teach quality, private lessons to dedicated students. The variety and extent of my knowledge in music, and my family values, will help you learn what you want!
*** Lesson Details ***
I will be available for beginning and intermediate students. If you have never touched a piano before, you are also welcome! Beginner students may come to the first lesson without books, but if you have books or sheet music you are familiar with, please bring what you have worked with most recently.
Be prepared to start with an evaluation of your abilities ! We will cover posture ( both body and hands ), warm-up exercises and ( surprise ) cool-downs too. After the evaluation we will take a look at what you want to learn, and we will help you find the pathway to make your goals with piano music. After each lesson, you will be able to practice what you have learned on your own, for a week or two, and then we will meet again for a new lesson to re-evaluate what has been accomplished. We will discover your strengths, increase your understanding, and then open the door to what we will work on next.
*** Studio Equipment ***
You get a great view of a beautiful lake, and a fantastic and fun music lesson at the same time ! My humble yet dependable upright studio piano is in the foyer just as you walk in.
*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide all instruments, books, and/or any other equipment to use for practice and performance outside of the lessons.
I used to say that you need to have access to a piano or keyboard to learn piano, and that is definitely the best way to learn. If you have access to a computer and not a keyboard, you can still learn to play music with these resources I heard about from George W. Russell, Jr., Professor of Harmony/Piano, Berklee College of Music:
I am sure you will love my studio. I do expect students to do the travelling for music lessons :)
*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning through intermediate students.
Classical piano, music theory, sheet music, vocals with microphone, vocals for stage, acting.
*** Other things I can teach ***
Tutoring for writing, basic studies, including study skills, setting goals and motivation.
Architectural design for buildings, homes, gardens and interiors.
Mythological Goddess Studies and Practical magic.
*** Note regarding dates of certificates and education ***
Dates posted are approximate, and to the best of my recollection without actually having to locate each certificate and find the date on it. If anyone wants the exact date, just ask me and I'll take a look.
Angel R. November 22, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Makes Learning Fun!
Sylvia is a great teacher. She is very understandable and helps you learn in whatever manner you choose. If you're serious about learning piano, Sylvia should be your choice because of her array of knowledge and tips.
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Man
agement Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.
Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.
In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.
*** Studio Equipment *** Not applicable (none).
*** Travel Equipment *** Not applicable (none).
*** Specialties *** ACADEMIA California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management. Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau. California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA. Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore. California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China. California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013. DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012. ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012. BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000. Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012. Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002. Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011. Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010 Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006. University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006. Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004. California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.
INDUSTRY HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013. Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012. L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012. Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012. Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010. Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009. Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009. ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology. George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009. CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006. Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007. S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006. Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005. Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010. Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010. Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005. Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002. Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000. Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999. Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching. Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990. Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
Josethine L. August 24, 2015
In home Verified Student