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I play piano and electronic keyboard. My musical background is in jazz, pop, rock, blues, and folk music. I am not a classical pianist.
When teaching piano/keyboard, I teach primarily playing by ear, and chord theory, although I do also teach the fundamentals of reading notes.
With electronic keyboards, I teach students to become familiar with and utilize the features of their keyboard; I also teach improvisation.
As with guitar, I adapt my lessons to meet the interests, attention span, and learning styles of my students.
Students tend to enjoy taking lessons with me, because I make lessons, and music, personal and enjoyable!
My teaching approach: I'm very patient with children and adults. The room where I teach is spacious; parents are welcome and encouraged to sit in and observe their children's lessons. I always allow time at the end of each lesson to update parents on the week's progress for their children.
I can help you with beginning piano (correct posture, hand position, basic scales and chords) through intermediate theory (extended chords & the scales used with them) and advanced theory (altered chords, chord substitutions, and scales used with them). I can teach you from beginning into intermediate classical, pop and jazz literature, including improvisation. I have performed for many receptions, weddings, and dinner events. When you get to the level where you need someone on the level of an Art Tatum or a Keith Jarrett to teach you, I'll know and I'll most gladly refer you on!
I have been teaching private piano lessons for ten years. My students perform in an annual recital and many have played for their school holiday program. This year, I began offering my students the opportunity to play in local festivals where they earn a score and rank by level. I teach my keyboard students to play through singing the melody and finding the matching tones on the keyboard. I use the Musikgarten curriculum as well as the Piano Adventure series for my private students. In both private and group lessons my students learn to play the same music in different keys. This demonstrates how well a student is using his or her ear to play the melody. My students read and learn to write music through our theory time in our lesson. I continually aim to provide my students with additional skills on the piano. We evaluate what is being learned by it's form and key. I include repertoire beyond our method books and help my students play music they know but don't have music for.
I teach using ideas from the Alfred method but I'm flexible to fit the needs of my students. Music should be fun and rewarding yet teach life lessons such as diligence and confidence. My specialty is classical music but I am able to teach different genres of music. I feel that classical music is very important and I require my students to learn a few classical pieces. However, I love when a student gets excited over a piece of music and I encourage them to learn different genres.
I've been teaching piano for over ten years, and my students have gone on to make piano a life-long hobby, play in recitals and at church, or just enjoy playing for friends and family. My objective as a music educator is to instill in students a lifelong passion for music. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play basic melodies and as time goes on you'll begin to play your favorite tunes comfortably. I love working with students of all ages and levels, and I can't wait to meet you!
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