By Ryan H.-Del Mar Piano Teacher
Music is a language unique from any other in so many ways, and introducing it to a student is an experience that isn’t easily forgotten. There are so many reasons why I enjoy teaching piano; creating a lifelong love of music for a student is an addicting experience.
One reason I love teaching piano lessons in Del Mar is because it requires me to be at my most creative; there is no general plan for planting a musical seed. One student may require a different approach from another student. A plan that works well for one person will not always show the same results if that plan is used with a different person. Teaching always keeps me searching for the most effective and exciting way to bring music to each of my piano students.
Music itself is a creative doorway that opens up opportunities to express ourselves far beyond the ability of words. It can be used to express our innermost feelings through a spectrum of emotions; happiness, sadness, awe, and love being only a few. Introducing this ability to another person is a satisfying experience that is unlike any other that I’ve previously experienced. It’s a joy to be able to share this with other people every day and I’m happy that I’ve been given the opportunity.
Students will learn piano technique, with a strong emphasis in learning sight reading and musicianship skills. I primarily use the Bastien Curriculum for children, and supplement with other repertoire.
Piano lessons consist of four main parts:
1. Technique - This includes scales, chords, arpeggios, and other fingering exercises to properly warm up the hands and improve muscle memory and help students recognize common patterns in music.
2. Repertoire - Students will play the pieces they have been practicing. This may include memorizing pieces and performing them in recitals.
3. Lesson - Students will learn new material and may receive a new piece to practice.
4. Music Theory - All piano students are required to learn music theory, which consists of one or more pages of homework to reinforce what the student has learned.
George was born in Moscow, Russia. He studied in the Moscow Conservatory, Completing his first major, a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, under the tutelage of David Oistrakh. During his time at the conservatory, Mr. George also completed a second major in Piano and Composition studying with Dmitri Kabelevsky.
In 1982, George immigrated to the US in order to accept the position of Acting Assistant Concertmaster with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure with the Houston Symphony, 1982-1988, Mr. George also taught at Houston Baptist University and Music Clef School of Fin Art..
In 1989, George moved to Canada, accepting the position of Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia. During his ten concert seasons with the orchestra, Mr. George appeared in frequent broadcasts of his performances with the CBC Radio as well as concertizing around Canada.
In 1999, George returned to the US where he performed as a violinist with the Boston Symphony ...
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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