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If you're looking to for a traditional, classical piano instructor, I am not the man for the job. However, I meet more people who want to learn how to play their favorite pop songs than Bach. They would rather be able to play by ear, transpose, understand, & create music than follow a 3 page score note for note. Don't get me wrong, reading music is a valuable skill, & I teach it, but I focus on understanding, interpreting, & personalizing music rather than mindless duplication. I spent years in college learning music theory & analyzing sheet music, but everything changed when I finally discovered how to connect theory to actual application. Similar to the way training wheels help you learn to ride a bike, the tools & methods I use make it easy to get started & grow surprisingly fast! They allow us to simplify complex ideas or even difficult songs into something even a beginner can play understand & play!
Piano lessons are structured with a focus on what the student needs. We begin with a foundation of scales, note reading, and ear training, to give the student the versatility to go in any musical direction they like, and make them a well rounded musician. The book I usually begin in for piano is "Adventures in piano".
Piano - I teach beginning through lower advanced piano. It is important that each student enjoys what they play while developing a firm understanding of the technique for the instrument. Each student will be able to master 3 - 12 major scales within the first six months of playing along with the first 2 - 10 Hanon exercises. Students will also work on various pieces/songs ranging from classical to pop depending on the students interests. I try to cater lessons to the individual learning styles of each student while trying to introduce new and interesting ideas to push the student to the next level. For those that have been playing for a while I will find out where they are on their journey and help guide them from there. For very young children (ages 4 - 5) I encourage parents to take part in their child’s lessons so they can help when their child is practicing at home. It is also important that every student learns how to relax while playing along with forming good practice habits. ...
Teaching piano students of all ages and abilities in classical, jazz and pop piano styles. I hold a BA in Music from the University of Texas at Austin.
I've learned piano for 15 years and have taught piano for about 3 years. I had a lot of experience working with kids and absolutely love teaching kids. The first lesson I will discuss with students what they want to learn and what level are they in and start from there.
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Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!
Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.
Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.
Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.
Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.
Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.
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