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A Closer Look at Music in Oklahoma City
By Beverly M. - Oklahoma City Piano Teacher
I’ve lived in some interesting places in my life — Paraguay, South America: Roswell, New Mexico; and Scottsdale, Arizona - just to name a few. I can tell you a lot about Paraguay and Roswell, because I spent long periods of time in each of those places. But in the 8 ½ years I have lived and taught piano lessons in El Reno, Oklahoma, I had no idea until today that there was a famous musician from this sleepy little town.
Surprisingly, there is a famous musician from my little town—and a very good one at that! Sam Rivers is a jazz musician and composer who performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano. He was born in 1923, currently resides in Orlando, FL, and performs regularly with his orchestra and trio.
The other thing I discovered today came during a moment of self reflection. You would have thought as a musician I would have searched for the musical history of my new home, but I didn’t. I got busy — very busy — and put my blinders on like a good workhorse and got right to work. I had to build a business teaching piano lessons in Oklahoma City from the ground up.
Not only did I not know about Sam Rivers, but I also didn’t know about the Damrosch Music Club, which has existed in this town for five years. The monthly meetings that I attend with that group of musicians and singers are now one of the highlights of each month, and I totally missed it for five years. I only discovered it because the chorus director of the group came to a piano recital of her nephew and immediately asked me to perform at their meeting the following week. If I had only done some research, I could have been a part of this group when I first arrived in town. Our Christmas performances at the Federal prison are THE performance experiences of the year for me.
I would have to say that I have found teaching piano in El Reno/Oklahoma City more challenging than in other areas I have lived, but not in a way that you might think. In each community I have always had a few students who were special needs or had physical handicaps, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized that 28% of my 48 students have some sort of learning disability or physical handicap. It’s not that this community has more special needs population than any other—far from it! It’s somewhat of a mystery to me as to how these students found me, but I must say that I am SO blessed that they did! Although I have no special training to teach them, somehow we always figure out a way to make it work. What an eye-opener it has been for me to realize that ANYONE can learn to play piano! My “orchestra” is full of musicians who are “different.” What wonderful flavor they add to my life, and to the music that fills the air in this community.
If we’re not careful, we can become so one dimensional, so focused, so caught up in our own little world, we forget to look around to see all the incredible talents that have blazed a trail before us, or appreciate who is blossoming around us. From time to time, let’s look up, take the blinders off, and look to see who else in playing in the orchestra or singing in the chorus of life! I encourage you to remember this as you begin your musical journey taking piano lessons in Oklahoma City.
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I can help those, who are new to the instrument, to become familiar with scales, progressions, technique, reading, and musical styles. I enjoy helping students find their voices and tastes by using videos and music that inspires them. If students already have some songs that they wish to learn, I can help them achieve those goals, as well.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper grip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.
*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.
1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Want to start learning the piano? I will show you the fundamentals of melody, harmony, and rhythm while learning standard repertoire and songs you are interested in. My beginning piano students have had many accomplishments including getting into their top high school jazz bands. Most of my students can play a song by the end of their very first lesson! I also use an internationally recognized curriculum so you can be assured you are learning what you need to.
· Trumpet · Online
· Piano · In home
· Trumpet · In studio
Been teaching guitar for over a decade. I cater the lessons to the individual and what they are looking to get out of them. I played lead guitar and keys in several bands before starting my solo thing. I will give you all the tools you need to be great.
My solo album, It's Not Enough is playing on over 203 FM radio stations, 112 college radio stations, and 57 Independent radio stations across the US and Canada. It has received 23 synch and master licenses for use on the following TV shows:
-The Discovery Channel Network
-NFL Network and NFL
-ESPN Network, and Stadium use for college games
-Rob Dydreks: Ridiculousnous (MTV)
-Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!)
-The Real World, Road Rules, and RW/RR Challenge (MTV)
-Fox Sports Network (FSN), also stadium use for College Games
-Nascar: Broadcasts and Events
-Bad Girls, and BG All Star Battle
-Rob Dydreks: Nitro Circus (MTV)
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
I like to interact with students and will let class be interesting. Students can learn piano without pressure.I would like my students to enjoy playing piano.
About Hsin Hua
I love teaching piano and would like to see my students enjoy playing and getting improved from my guidance. I am a teacher with patience and enthusiasm. Welcome to join my class!!
Verified Student · Piano · In home
I'm very satisfied with her and look forward to her lessons.
· Piano · In home
Hsin Hua W.
Hsin Hua W.
I have been teaching piano for about 8 years with students of different ages and backgrounds, mostly beginners to intermediate, also advanced taking college entrance exams. I use traditional method for teaching as that's the way I was brought up. I aim to build student's technical skills and develop their musicianship. I usually combine music theory, ear training, and sight reading in a lesson. I can work to meet the student's needs, whether it's for leisure or for exams.
Verified Student · Piano · In home
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