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For ages 8 and up, students will learn to play through easy songs and exercises. Sight reading, note recognition and good playing technique are also taught to maximize progress into more difficult pieces.
After the basics are established, we will then move toward the kind of music the student is most interested in learning to play, whether classical or contemporary in nature.
Lessons proceed at a easy pace, and moved forward based on the student's understanding. No artificial pace is employed to "push" progress forward beyond the student's ability to address and learn.
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Please note: For children under 8 years old, you will need to contact me prior to scheduling lessons (via the "Ask A Question" feature) to discuss their particular needs and readiness to begin this regimen.
My primary goal as a teacher is to present musical material in a way that keeps students excited about what they are learning. Even with absolute beginners, I will have a student playing actual songs that they are interested in as quickly as possible. Along with way I include fundamentals such as scales, strength-building exercises, rudiments of theory, and ear training. Some of the method books I use include the Alfred and Faber and Faber series, and Hanon's The Virtuoso Pianist, among many others. These materials are always supplemented with arrangements and transcriptions of popular songs and classical pieces, along with original exercises designed to teach specific styles and techniques. I also use interactive music websites to introduce students to concepts of music theory. The styles that I cover include classical, rock, jazz, and blues. As students progress in their creativity, I also introduce them to composition and improvisation.
No matter what age or stage, I can help get you started on the path to excellence!
Piano lessons include a foundation of music theory and music reading skills. We use exercises and repertoire to develop the eye-hand coordination necessary to learn and perform a piece of music with musicality and personal expression.
In every lesson I incorporate ear training, theory, sight singing and reading in fun and unique ways. For my younger students, there will be "brain breaks" or games to help ease the tension such high focus can create. For other students, I think of creative ways to instill composition techniques so that they may go on to not only play and sing music, but create it!
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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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