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By Morgan B.-Holly Springs Piano Teacher
Teaching piano lessons in Holly Springs, North Carolina has been a fun experience. Holly Springs has really grown over the years. I used to drive by pastures and cows, and now it is full of subdivisions, grocery stores, shops, and restaurants. I live right across the street from every fast food restaurant imaginable, a Super Wal-Mart, grocery store, and other shops and restaurants. My clients love dropping their kids off for piano lessons because they look forward to going shopping! I teach from an apartment in a family friendly neighborhood. When you drive to the neighborhood it is comprised of shops, apartments, and townhomes. My students and their parents frequently comment on how much they love where I live. When choosing a place to live I tried to think of my students and their parents. I wanted to live in a place that people would feel safe, a place they would enjoy coming to, and that would be convenient for students and their parents.
My first TakeLessons piano student, Abbi, has been such a joy to teach. Abbi is such a sweet and consciences student. When Abbi first began taking lessons, I taught her how to keep a nice, rounded hand position. I had her imagine that an egg was under her hand and if her hand went flat, then the egg would crack and the yoke would get over all the keys. I often use analogies to catch my student’s interest and help them remember concepts because my goal is to make learning fun! When Abbi played one of her favorite pieces, “Old MacDonald” with her eyes closed we were both so excited! Abbi went from using finger numbers only, playing pieces on the black keys to playing pieces on the white keys with the letters written in the notes. Abbi has also been learning how to read notes on the staff. What used to be challenging is now becoming easier for Abbi, such as naming notes on the staff and playing the notes confidently. As a piano teacher, it is exciting to see student’s progress. I like how Abbi gets excited about her pieces and plays them for friends and family. Abbi is already a performer, and she values positive feedback and encouragement. I am so thankful to TakeLessons for connecting me with Abbi and for giving me an opportunity to share my teaching experience in Holly Springs!
I teach piano students of all ages and tailor the curriculum to fit each student. Whether you want to learn the basics, a specific piece, prepare for a recital/competition, or just be able to play for your own enjoyment, our lessons will fit your goals.
As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.
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About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would ...
*I recommend hour-long lessons for students over 10.
A basic lesson begins with a few minutes of warm-ups followed by songs progressing from the lesson book being used, one or two songs the student likes from whatever genre he/she enjoys playing, and we end with a sight read. My lessons include some music theory and note reading/writing, and at times a brief bit of history behind each composer and/or composition. This helps the student better comprehend music in order to make song writing and performing simpler.
For children under 9, in particular, some of these lesson aspects are relaxed. Regardless of student age, my goal as an educator is to make these lessons as fun as possible for you or your child while progressing at your own comfortable pace. Retention is more difficult when you're not enjoying what you're learning.
I am a young, understanding and patient teacher. I've got a great (but cheesy) sense of humor that will make my students feel more comfortable when tackling tricky subjects. Things like learning to read sheet music, terminology, and rhythm can be tricky to learn - but I take an empathetic approach in order to help the student understand. Lessons can be tailored to the student's preference (in terms of genre or subject matter), if they have one.
I began playing piano on my own at age 9 and haven't stopped since! I make it a goal to teach piano to everyone regardless of age or disability. We will discover your unique learning style, favorite types of music to play, and create a curriculum just for you! If this is your very first lesson, you'll be able to play a song by the end of the first lesson. If you're an intermediate or advanced student, we can finish that song you had your heart set on and create specific goals for you right away.
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