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I specialize in jazz piano but I teach all styles and am open to whatever pieces the student is interested in. If there is a piece with difficult-to-find sheet music I offer services for transcribing the piece to sheet music for the student and/or teaching the piece by ear to the student. Piano is a very important instrument for all musicians as it vastly improves one's hand-eye coordination, two-hand coordination, and sense of rhythm, and forces the player to cover melody and harmony at the same time. My students learn to love the piano, develop healthy practice habits that ensure steady improvement, and gain a deep understanding of musicality and the history of music.
Matthew has studied piano for over 20 years and has taught for over 10 years. Covering all styles you can expect a well rounded lesson with focus on theory and technique. Students will learn major and minor scales and keys and be able to identify chord types and shapes while reading music.
"Experienced piano teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical piano skills. I specialize classical, jazz and contemporary music typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sound recording equipment, sheet music, and more.
When I meet a new student, my goal is first to get to know them personally, find out what kind of music they like (styles), find out about their goals. Then I usually start with warm-ups, exercises and scales to determine their level while I try to be as encouraging as possible. I present ideas myself as well as accept suggestions from them about what material to work on, usually a taste of everything. I carefully monitor and acknowledge their musical as well as their technical progress. It's important to me that you have fun!
Experienced piano teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory, sight reading, technique, and stylistic skills. I specialize in classical and accompaniment, Faber Piano Adventures piano series and a wide array of repertoire books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, extensive musical library, iPad with YouTube and numerous other musical apps, quarterly group lessons, bi-annual recitals.
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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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