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Phillip teaches any level from ages 4-100. Anyone can learn at any age.
Learning Piano by Learning to Read Music
Emphasis on Posture, Hand and Finger Control at the Keyboard, Controlled Relaxation
Classical and Popular Styles
For beginner piano students, we will start by exploring our way around the piano, and begin building a music theory base. Then, we will continue on at a pace specific to the student, learning skills like how to read music, how to play scales and other exercises, and how to play a piece of music that I assign. For intermediate students, we will begin by assessing your current skills, then build upon them with etudes and exercises like the Hanon technique, and learn pieces from various musical eras. We can also explore Musical Theater and Pop music.
Piano is an excellent instrument for expressing yourself! My students have started with no knowledge of music and gone on to be proficient at reading sheet music and pop chords. Within the first few lessons you will be able to play basic songs on the piano and overtime you will be able to read music with ease. I teach a hybrid of classical technique and popular style. I use the Faber & Faber curriculum for theory, technique, and repertoire. In addition, I encourage students to study popular repertoire (things they might hear on the radio and want to learn how to play)! In our popular repertoire, we learn how to read chord charts and learn a melody by ear. I also welcome developing songs you may be making up at home and experimenting with improvisation. I believe strongly in having fun with piano and playing things you are interested in! I love working with students of all levels and look forward to meeting you!
As one of the UNCSA Teaching Assistants for Keyboarding, I'm well prepared to start with you at the very beginning. We will cover basic keyboard skills, including: scales, key signatures, chords, sight reading practices, and keyboard theory. We'll also cover hand position, healthy posture, and effective practice technique.
I believe in shaping each lesson around the specific needs of the student, so I'm prepared to go at your pace!
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Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.
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Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.
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