Brent Bedford

Brent B.

Thousand Oaks, CA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
In my piano studio, we approach theory from the standpoint of Composition and Performance. What makes a piece "work"? How does poetic irony function in a Schubert Sonata?
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Brent delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2011

I have twenty-five years of Piano playing experience and have taught Piano privately for the past six years. I have studied in private lessons for over ten years, with different teachers. (I have also performed extensively in the past as an Electric Guitarist for jazz, big-band, funk and metal bands.)

My passion for teaching Piano led me on a 2-year long apprenticeship as a Piano Technician. The experiences from rebuilding and tuning real-life Pianos in a real-life shop were unforgettable, and still greatly assist me as a teacher of the Instrument today.

I personally love playing the works of the Romantic Composers Schumann, Chopin, Schubert and Brahms. John Williams' soundtracks were also a strong influence on my primordial Musicality. In addition to Classical, I appreciate Jazz, Latin, Rock, Video Game Music, and Scott Joplin.

As Pianist, my previous work includes accompaniment for singers of German Lieder, Italian Opera, Art Songs as well as choral concerts. I have authored dozens of original compositions, including 2 Sonatas for Piano, many Fugues, and a Sacred work for Chorus.

Ages
5 and up

Please contact me for availability and any further questions.

Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Moorpark

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Education

Biochemistry
Jan 2015 - Mar 2017
University of Massachusetts Boston
Biology
Aug 2003 - Jul 2005
California State University Northridge

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Piano
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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I also teach composing and music-writing!

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It is important to cultivate an inner sense of aesthetic beauty, whether old or young.

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Just composing a quick sketch to get the day started!
'Song of the Lark' by Tschaikovsky
'Sonata No. 2 in G minor' Composed by Brent Bedford
Drilling out Old Tuning Pins

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4 Reviews

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Jennifer K. May 12, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

As a teacher of music (violin, voice, and choral) and a Classical singer, and colleague of Brent, I think the most important aspect of teaching is to take a personal approach with each student to see what "fits." Every student learns differently, and Brent recognizes that. He puts a tremendous amount of thought and creativity into the development of his students. Too many teachers today have a "cookie cutter" approach to teaching, and in my own experience, this turns students away from working on music later in their lives. Brent has the opposite approach, he is committed to developing the skills and love for Classical music simultaneously in the student, which has a more long-lasting affect on their schoolwork, concentration, character, and social life.

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Guy A. May 10, 2015
· In studio

He is a very dedicated classic artist that is very knowledgeable in his profession. I strongly recommend that everyone work with him.

Cloret C. May 10, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

Without reservation, recommend Brent as an enthusiastic and thoughtful instructor-mentor to those seeking to actually enjoy the experience of mastering music and piano in particular.
As an observer, I'm impressed with Brent's teaching method, and ability to rekindle in young adults the interest and enthusiasm they may have experienced in former times for playing music at the piano.
As a sensitive and proficient accompanist, Brent works patiently and conscientiously with the singer; putting one at ease, even performing the most challenging works of classical composers.

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Limari N. Jan 25, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

I am a classical singer and have had the pleasure to work with Brent as my accompanist for the past 10 years. Brent is a very proficient and insightful musician. In addition to being quickly adaptable to all types of music, he brings a depth of understanding to any given piece that is both historically insightful and poetic. He is very happy to share his insights about musical personalities and their historical context which gives the music a greater richness. He also brings that to bear in working through the poetic ideas of the pieces we've worked on. This has been one of the best aspects of working with Brent and I hope others get to enjoy this collaboration too.

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