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By Nic. C - Detroit Piano Teacher
It seems as though many Detroit families own a piano; whether a grand, a small electronic Casio or one of the old outmoded Grinnell uprights made here in Detroit. We are a city of music through and through. From the old Motown recordings that helped to bridge racial issues in the time of the civil rights movement, to Bob Seger’s message of hard work and peace, to Kid Rock’s promise of the good life, our city has always had an incredible sense of community based around our hometown music. As a local piano instructor, I used to see this hometown pride carry over into the Detroit piano lessons I teach to students of all ages.
Amidst the tough economic situation our area is facing today, the sense of community that was formed through music is vanishing as quickly as the automotive jobs that once kept this city thriving. The schools have cut their budgets for music to next to nothing, club owners pay their musicians less and less, and fewer and fewer families have money for Detroit piano lessons. The interest in the arts for our children is vanishing like all of those Grinnell pianos made here in Detroit so many years ago.
Although challenging, the situation isn’t all bleak. Thanks to you, the parents of the children that I am so blessed to teach through TakeLessons.com, we can work to restore and revitalize our city back to the glory it once held as “Rock City.” Together, one Detroit piano lesson at a time, we will shape not only the future of our city, but the futures of the children in it.
Are you or your child just itching to express yourself on a keyboard? So was I, for as long as I can remember.
We help you to be able to just sit down and play. To find your own voice on the keyboard.
We record you all the time in a recording studio environment. Listening back to your performance is a powerful tool.
Most music lessons are just too full of un-intuitive systems and teach reading before you can play a note. What a turn-off! We make sure to play first and we always have great fun. And we get to all the ear training and theory as well.
Almost every lesson we record your original music or you playing on top of tracks that we create together or that I create for you. I send you an MP3 along with an email of your lesson notes.
Oh and yes, my method makes good use of technology but is rooted in a solid and massive classical education including Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff and more.
An integrated approach:
Music almost always involves several skills. ...
I have taught thousands of students of all ages to reach their personal goals in learning to play the piano. I enjoy utilizing a variety of genres, focusing on learning to read the music and integrate the body with the music on the page and what you hear inside. A piano is necessary at home. Because learning to play piano is a skill that requires continual muscle memory work, daily practice is essential for success. You can enjoy playing for the rest of your life!
I use many of the method books. I believe there is not one method for everyone, as everyone learns differently.
I love the piano, outside of singing, playing the organ, it is my favorite instrument. I began the study of the instrument at age six, so I strive to have the student bond with this instrument. It is a reflection of one's soul. I teach note and rote, along with ear training. Rhythm is an integral part of my piano methodology. A student will usually see results within the first six months!
Helping students to play by ear and to be able to read basic chord charts and beginning and intermediate piano methods along with theory and technique exercises. Special areas include Pop, Rock Jazz and Worship music.
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