- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Music Theory Application
- Expression and Technique
- Improvisation and Ear Training
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- May 1996
I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging.
As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice.
*** Lesson Details ***
I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing!
My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations in order to make music education work for YOU.
My music reading curriculum helps student achieve quick and early success by focusing on one note at a time - instead of expecting you to play entire songs right away. This builds confidence and sets up my students for long-term success.
*** Equipment ***
It is preferred that private students have a piano or full size keyboard.
I also provide games, piano accompaniment tracks, and other accessories to make lessons more interactive and fun.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Blues, Group Piano
* Playing lead keyboards for weekly services
* Directing worship band on-stage
* Coordinating service flow with staff leadership
* Assisting with media and production elements when needed
* Co-directing worship band and vocal rehearsals
Private and Group Music Lessons
* Performer and Musical Director for bands of various styles
* Proficient in Jazz, Top 40, Soul, Rock, and Pop.
* Experienced accompanist, having appeared / performed with artists such as:
Betty Wright, Gladys Knight, Mike Phillips, Jaguar Wright, Mary Alessi, Martha Munizzi, George Tandy, Jr., Anthony David, Melton Mustafa, Jr., Maria Zouroudis, Leon Foster Thomas, and many others
Taught K - 5 music classes, specializing in keyboard group lessons, music technology, improvisation and ensemble performance.
Allen was an amazing Piano teacher. Its been over a year since I have taken lessons with him but the knowledge, technique, and material he taught me I still take with me to this day. Anyone can simply memorize how to play a song but he teaches you the intuition you need to truly play Piano. Music is not something that was easy for me to get, but I can personally say after taking lessons with him I understand Piano and what music really is a lot more than what I did before. He has his recommended way of learning and curriculum, but he really does align his teaching process based on the way the student learns. He is very patient. Sometimes it would take a while for me to catch on to something, but he was always very patient and encouraging which was very helpful for me overcoming challenges. Overall, a great teacher that really understands his students.+ Read More
My six-year-old was really enthusiastic after his first piano lesson this afternoon. Allen was patient and encouraging and is clearly a competent and experienced music instructor. We were very pleased.
My son is a beginner. He loves Allen and would love to take a lesson everyday if he could.
My eight year old had his first lesson today, and he said exactly what I was hoping to hear, “I loved it!”
Learned a lot in the first lesson.
In my opinion, Allen is a great piano teacher for beginners and intermediate students. Having played in churches for more than 40 years, I yearn for a more challenging piano pedagogy, i.e. Hanon # 31- 60 and Jazz theory. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend Allen IF you have children or adults who are just learning the instrument. They will benefit from his congenial personality and laid back approach.+ Read More
Allen was both knowledgeable and thorough, which I would expect from a teacher with a college degree in Music. Instead of taking up golf or tennis, I look forward to studying both piano and music theory with him. In fact, I requested that he would at least consider giving 45 minute lessons...smile.+ Read More
I have a 9-year-old who loves the piano. I've tried a couple other teachers but no one compares to Allen when it comes to teaching my child. Allen was prompt on arrival, patient, and very professional. He understood my concerns and seemed genuinely interested in helping my child to reach the next goal. He was very knowledgeable with his piano skills and appeared to be dedicated to the profession. I'm just thrilled and I would highly recommend him!+ Read More
My children ages 6 and 8 had their first lessons with Allen this evening, and they both loved him, and loved the new things they have learned. They are both excited about practicing, and looking forward to their next lesson. I am also now motivated to make time to play, as life as a working parent has kept me from being able to practice. Allen is so incredibly talented and my kids responded really well with his teaching methods. They are genuinely excited and interested in learning more, and I am so thankful!+ Read More
If you are looking for an exceptional Piano teacher, look no further then Allen. From the moment I enrolled he has been nothing but professional. He came to our home and spent his undivided attention on my daughter. She was thrilled with her first lesson and is looking forward to working with Allen. I am beyond pleased with Allen and would recommend him to anyone and any age.+ Read More
Great person, can't wait to have the next lesson
Allen was patient and very knowledgable.
My daughter has had several piano teachers over the years. And none have shown the dedication as Allen does. His method works. We see gradual improvements. I am a musician as well and can appreciate that she is learning technique as well as how to read complet musical notation.
I would recommend Allen as he is patient, trustworthy and very talented.
Great first day back to the basics and then off to tread the deep waters of theory. Allen was able to to explain the theory in a simple to understand format followed up with application.
It's been a real pleasure!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get back!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!