Arielle Sukhram
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Arielle Sukhram

Arielle S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
You’ve always wanted your kid to play piano but never found a teacher who would require the same work ethic you’ve tried to instill in him.

Obviously, you want your kid to enjoy making music…but not to have so much fun that she doesn’t learn anything! You pride yourself on meeting your commitments and pushing your child to his full potential – and you want a teacher who’ll do the same.

That’s me – I’m Arielle Sukhram, and I teach beginning and intermediate piano to driven kids from families who prioritize growth and commitment. I have a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance – and a love of progress, perseverance, and practice hacks.

How I Teach:

• First, I give your kid a foundation in general MUSIC. (After all, the piano is "just” an instrument – it can’t produce music if the person playing it doesn’t know how!)
• Singing and movement (in addition to pressing down the keys) to get the language of music ingrained in the brain and body.
• Reading music: after the aural foundation, the student is simply learning the symbols of what she’s already been singing and playing.
• Technique – arranging and aligning arms, hands, and fingers to get a variety of sounds out of the piano AND reducing the chance of injury by minimizing excess tension.

I know your kid’s education – in anything – is something you don’t take lightly. So, let’s chat and make sure we’re a good fit!

About Arielle S.

I’m Arielle Sukhram, and I teach beginning and intermediate piano to driven kids from families who prioritize growth and commitment. I have a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance – and a love of progress, perseverance, and practice hacks.

I come from a Jamaican heritage and a homeschool upbringing. Translation: I have a fairly direct personality, strong work ethic, and a very independent mindset.

As a pianist, I’ve gone through the singing-while-playing stage; the “I’m just not going to practice” stage (thanks to my mom, I marched right back and practiced); the alternations between “I’m an expert” and “oh no I’m awful at this” stages…and many more.

What keeps me going through all of these stages is – my love of music? Yes – sort of. I could listen to music anytime I wanted, but that didn’t keep me playing. It was the joy of FINALLY nailing a piece after days or weeks of hard work from multiple angles. It was my family’s emphasis on commitment and “no quit” attitude. And it was having something that was all mine – my creation and work and beauty of sound. It's these things I love to share with my students.

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Sumathy Priya
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Ariel has been a wonderful teacher! Her way of taking time in teaching has helped a lot with my daughter's progress in piano.My daughter never wants to miss any of the classes with her teacher, I am so glad she got to teach my child.Thank you so much for your time.

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Elena Guolo
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When Sofia expressed her desire to study piano, I really wanted her to learn, not just to have fun without progressing. With Miss Arielle, my daughter learns new things in each online lesson, and the results are amazing. She has fun, and she practices without being told. Miss Arielle is supportive, and caring, and she is doing an excellent job of making the process of learning to play piano fun! It’s great to hear my daughter’s progress, and I strongly appreciate Miss Arielle’s weekly feedback.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Christie
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Arielle has been so patient and encouraging with our daughter. She has guided Kali through struggling, practicing, and successfully playing. We’ve actually seen and heard her playing improve since beginning lessons with Arielle, and piano has been a great outlet for her!

Posted Jun 4, 2020

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Experience

Church Musician
Oct 2016 - Present

West Side Baptist Church

• Played classical and contemporary music for worship and communion • Accompanied church choir

Collaborative Pianist
Aug 2016 - Present

Self-Employed

• Played works for piano and solo instruments or voice • Coordinated rehearsals • Played for instrumental and vocal juries, studio classes, and area recitals • Played for junior and senior college instrumental and vocal recitals • Accompanied the JMU University Men’s and Women’s Choruses, Treble Chamber Choir, and the Page County Community Choir

Piano Teacher
Oct 2014 - Present

Self-Employed

• Prepared students to meet the technical and musical demands of their music through supplementary exercises • Created assignment pages to track independent practicing and self-analysis by students • Taught a balanced curriculum of note-reading, rhythm, theory, ear-training, and improvisation • Planned and scheduled private and group lessons for piano students • Managed tuition payments and communicated with parents

Session Musician
Aug 2019 - Aug 2019

Self-Employed

• Worked with five singers and a composer to record a demo track of a new musical • Prepared seven songs (classical/musical theatre blend) in under two weeks • Recorded for seven and half hours making musical changes as necessary

Church Pianist
Mar 2012 - Jul 2016

Zion Christian Church

• Played classical hymns for worship • Selected and prepared classical and contemporary music for offertory, communion, prelude, and postlude

Education

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2020

James Madison University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Nov 2016
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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