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I do enjoy teaching all age levels and have experience teaching anywhere from 5 to 65 years old. I currently teach group keyboard classes in an afterschool program in public schools in the Deer Valley District. In my lessons you will learn rhythm (so its okay if you don't naturally have rhythm!), sight reading, memorization, ear training, and much more. I help the students pick music at their skill level that they enjoy. Every week you will get excited as you see yourself improving!
Learning to play takes time and commitment but it also needs to be enjoyable. We will spend 30% of the time on theory and 70% on playing music from the method book, solo book or other.
I have been teaching young children for many years and will take beginning piano students as young as 5 years old. While I was a public school music teacher, I used Orff-Shulwerk strategies for teaching music. This approach to music teaching and learning is appropriate for preschool through middle school grades. These strategies are based on the way children learn: sing, chant, clap, dance and keep a beat on anything near at hand. I'm also a certified Joy Tunes iPad piano teacher and with that my students get access to Piano Maestro app for iPad.
With a Doctorate in Musical Arts, I've been teaching music to all ages for 10 years. I enjoy helping students explore piano technique, expressive performance, reading music, improvisation, and music theory in a fun and creative format. From the first lesson, students begin reading musical notation and playing fun songs. As they gain mastery of each new concept, extra fun bonus songs are added to their repertoire from musicians such as Taylor Swift, Sabrina Carpenter, Shawn Mendes, Rachel Platten, Christina Perri, Lauren Daigle, Francesca Battistelli, JJ Heller, and also fun excerpts from favorite movie soundtracks. My students have won competitions and attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Repertoire is selected according to students' stylistic preferences, whether pop, folk, classical, jazz, or sacred music. I believe learning music should be fun!
Students will learn the fundamentals of playing the piano--everything from correct posture, reading by note, music theory, and performance preparation! More advanced students may choose to focus on Jazz, Broadway and movie themes, Praise and Worship music, or more serious Classical literature.
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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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