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I'll teach you the fundamentals of proper piano technique, which is one the most important aspects of playing relaxed and with expression and dynamics.
Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra. Teaching Experience Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music ...
I teach students to play the piano with a relaxed posture, proper hand positioning, and engaging expression. I can teach you how to read music, how to play by ear, how to extrapolate a piano part from guitar tabs, and beginning - intermediate level music theory. I let older students decide what music they'd like to work on, and with younger students I like to use the John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano, Piano Adventures, and Alfred's Technic books. I encourage all my students to come up with their own compositions, even if we don't end up writing them down.
I have been making music my entire life. I began studying the violin at age 5 and the piano at age 6, and then when I was 8 started singing in school and church choirs. I received a music scholarship to high school which kept me busy accompanying people and participating in various instrumental and vocal groups. I began taking voice lessons as a freshman at New York University, and I'm now in year 9 of my vocal studies, year 13 of my violin-playing and year 22 of my piano-playing. After graduating from school, I sang in several operas with the Amato Opera company in New York, and staged a recital here in Philadelphia at the First Unitarian Church in which I sang and also accompanied another singer. I have been a professional member of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and the ...
pop, rock, and r&b
Learning music, especially at a young age, can have a positive impact in life. From simply playing music in the home to performing music for large audiences, the basic goal is the same: the enjoyment of being a proficient musician. I have written a bit about my experience and how I can use this to help you to become a great musician. I began studying music when I was 8 years old. My early lessons taught me not only about music but about music teaching. As a result of these experiences, I vowed to teach students music that is meaningful to them. Moving along, in high school I played in rock bands with my friends. I can never stress how important it is to play with other people. I always encourage my students to ...
Why do I teach piano?
Because it has been the greatest source of enjoyment, rejuvenation, and continued growth throughout my life, and I want to share that with everyone I can.
Why should you or your child take piano lessons with me?
Because I offer highly specialized lessons to each student, dependent on their needs and goals so that you too can benefit from a life filled with music. I offer lessons in many styles and supply all students with practical musical knowledge that will lead to full understanding and appreciation.
For young beginner students, students can expect to learn piano basics (note names, chords, etc.) and musical fundamentals, soon moving into learning full songs.
Whether I am playing salsa, solo classical piano, in a jazz ensemble, or a concert band, I am ALWAYS having fun doing what I love, and I want you to have the same experience. After moving to Philadelphia five years ago to study at Temple University, where I received my Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, I have had many great opportunities to play all types of music with all types of people. While my passions are in jazz music, composing, and arranging, my varied experience helps me pass on the fundamentals necessary to becoming a great musician while also adapting to your goals, needs, and musical preferences. *** Lesson Details *** I want you to have a fun, loving relationship with music. I aim for students to leave each lesson eager to practice and explore, and to come back ...
I offer piano lessons for beginners of all ages. I prefer using the Alfred books for children and younger players who are just starting out. For adults, there are a wide variety of books to choose from to best suit your musical goals. Once we have discussed your goals and I have a better understanding of your current level or ability, we can choose appropriate books and repertoire. Students can learn to read music and play classically, as well as learning more about theory, chords and scales, and learning to read chord charts and lead sheets. Students can also learn to play their favorite songs, and may even want to combine singing and playing. ***For combined lessons, I recommend signing up for at least 45 minutes, as it's hard to accomplish much in 30 minutes when you are trying to learn both***
I am a classically trained musician with experience studying jazz and pop. I have performed in a wide variety of musical genres such as opera, oratorio, big band, jazz, musical theater, pop, lots of choral experience, etc. Education: BM - Vocal Performance - East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2009 *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are all about you! I want to give you the skills necessary to make the kind of music you want. I use a variety of ear training methods, books, and techniques to help you grow as a musician. I never want my students to dread coming to their lessons. We can learn classical techniques or we can just have a good time learning to play your favorite pop music. It is my hope that after a few months you have gained confidence as well as the necessary skills
I teach beginners how to read music notation, scales and chords. Learn favorite songs on piano for fun and learn to improvise as well.
Basic Classical and Jazz Theory.
I teach children, adolescents , and adults. I have also worked with special needs populations for many years in a variety of settings. I am very patient adept and compassionate. I am also very skilled at my instrument as I studied music at the University Level. My goals are to combine my experience teaching special education with my experience studying and teaching music performance. I am very enthusiastic about teaching students at advanced levels as well. I teach piano and drumset. I teach various styles of music and hope to engender my students' love for music and the arts. I consider myself a mentor, a Music Therapist, and an educator.
Philadelphia has a rich musical history and is home to one of the nation’s top five orchestras and the Philly Pop. The city’s arts and culture make it an ideal place to be when thinking about learning how to play an instrument like the piano. Piano is one of the most popular instruments in the world and is often used in orchestras as well as for accompaniment, composing, and rehearsal. The versatility of the piano will allow you to explore almost any genre of music, including jazz, classical, pop, rock and R&B.
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"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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