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Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are considering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
· Piano · In studio I've only had three piano teachers, but of them Gabrielle has been the best. She's flexible, intelligent, and helpful.
· Piano · In studio I am an adult student coming back to the Piano. We hit the ground running and I am excited to continue my lessons with Gabrielle.
· Piano · In studio Gabrielle has customized the lessons to enable me to succeed and enjoy the music I like.
· Piano · In studio Wonderful first lesson!
· Piano · In home Gabrielle was a great choice, she was knowledgeable and very patient. My Granddaughter loved her. She can't wait until her next scheduled lesson.
· Piano · In studio She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
· Piano · Great Experience!
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
· Piano · Good with children
Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
· Piano · very satisfied
gabrielle is patient and uses positive reinforcement when teaching my grandaughter
· Piano · Gabrielle E
I am adult returning to the piano and just took my first lesson from Gabrielle. She immediately made me feel comfortable, She is also willing to be flexible with my schedule which is important to me. I look forward to working with her and learning from her.