Hadi Sumoro

Hadi S.

Brookhaven, PA
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
What do you offer for a beginner?

Assuming a student has never played a piano and is 10 years old or older, lessons will focus on fundamentals of technique and sight reading classically oriented material. I follow piano curriculum developed by John Thompson and Alfred.

For students under 10 years of age without any prior piano training, a preparatory book may be used.

After a minimum 6-12 months of continuous piano lessons (assuming a weekly schedule), music theory will be introduced, along with chord playing.

What do you offer for a non-beginner?

Assuming a student has had a minimum of one year of continuous piano training, depending on the lesson customization, lessons will be based around the Alfred and/or John Thompson curriculum, and music theory and chord playing will be introduced.

Should a student already know chord playing, I will fast forward the lesson to sight reading lead sheet/fake books and learning pop, rock or jazz piano playing styles (left and right hands). I will also teach how to transpose (play in different keys) with approximately 6-9 months of intensive training.

What do you offer for an advance player?

I have taught few classical pianists (with Bachelor's and/or Master's music degree) who intend to learn modern piano playing such as Pop/Rock/Jazz/Blues styles. Throughout my 10+ years of teaching experience, I have developed a guideline and a private curriculum to introduce chord playing effectively, train left hand movement based on a certain style, and how to speak in musician's language. In addition, I will teach students how to learn a certain music feeling (ie a pop song shall sound like a pop song and a jazz song shall sound like a jazz song). Please also see the question about improvisation teaching approach below.

Training to 'get' a certain music feeling is not a hard lesson; however, it is a tricky process and requires specific customization based on the student's skill. I have found various ways such as shifting the metronome counting, creating different beat subdivision for the same song and guiding with simplified written improvisation which can help students to understand different styles of music.

Do you teach music theory?

Yes, I teach music theory as a part of chord playing for which a basic foundation of music theory is required. I used several book resources for music theory; however, I also have a compact fundamental music theory approach (I do not require student to do a lot of paper work, but the teaching is done through a repetitive music theory concept, orally), focusing on how to 'visualize' music theory on the keyboard.

Should a student want to learn Jazz or a more advanced music theory level (ie college level music theory), I will be happy to provide these. Several advanced topics are harmonic function analysis, modes & modal interchange, chord scale, tension theory, reharmonization, and lydian chromatic concept.
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About

Hadi passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Hadi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6 to 60

Teaching since:
2001

I am a working musician (my band performs >50 times in a year) in the Philadelphia area. I play piano, electric piano and hammond organ. With my band, I play Funk, New Orleans, Classic Rock and Blues and I also perform piano solo in Jazz, Pop/Rock and Blues.

I have been playing keys for over 20 years and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Jazz Composition and Music Production & Engineering. I have taught students, teenagers, adult and small children as young as 5 years old. My teaching is focused on stylistic piano playing (chord playing, improvisation, transposition) for students over 10 years with at least 1 year continuous piano training. I certainly welcome piano training for beginners as early as preparatory level. A baby grand piano is available at my house for piano tutoring should you choose to come to my location.

My graduate study was in Acoustics. I am an acoustical consultant and also an audio engineer. I specialized in room acoustics and electro-acoustics (loudspeaker design). I have a studio at home and open to audio tutoring (recording and mixing) request as well.

I am originally from Indonesia and have already published two books. I can help with Indonesian language tutoring for English native speakers. I have done many seminars/workshops both in English and Indonesian,

I welcome tutoring requests in Music (Piano, Composition/Arranging), Music Theory, Music Production or other Audio/Acoustics related topics.

Hadi
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Experience

Keyboardist
Aug 2010 - Present
New Pony

New Pony delivers a soulful, driving, deep-in-the-pocket brand of funk and soul with a a little southern flavor that practically dares audiences not to move. Live, the chemistry between the band members fuses through a kind of musical alchemy into an infectious electricity wherever they play. Fortunately, their new CD, "Make Your Move," captures their live sound in all its funky, fire breathing splendor. The song writing is polished, the musicianship is accomplished and tight, and the rhythm section lays down a groove as wide as a boulevard and as tight as a wire, while the horn section erupts like a flashes of lightening. The Philadelphia City Paper recently said of them, "they groove, they rock, they make you dance and they throw one of the best parties around."

Since forming in 2006, New Pony has established themselves as one of the most sought after and entertaining bands on the local and regional scenes. Their schedule takes them to most of the top venues in Philly, as well as all over Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Northampton, Berks, and Chester counties. The band also makes regular trips to Baltimore, NYC, Delaware, and the Jersey shore. They've been a featured performer at some of the region's top festivals, and they've opened for a number of national acts including Bonerama, The Budos Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bernie Worrell, Papa Grows Funk, The Main Squeeze, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

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Principal Consultant
Sep 2007 - Present
HX Audio Lab, LLC

Acoustical Consultant
Sound System Design/Optimization
Loudspeaker Design

Senior Measurement Technician
Jul 2007 - Mar 2015
Community Professional Loudspeaker

Sound System Design, Loudspeaker Measurements, Loudspeaker Data Formatting, Filter Development.

Keyboardist
Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
Kaligata Band

Jazz Experimental/Fusion Band

Piano Teacher
Jul 2010 - Sep 2011
Silver Music Studios

Piano lesson for all levels at Silver Music Studios in Broomall/Drexel Hill, PA.

Education

Audio Sciences (Acoustic Study)
Sep 2005 - May 2007
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Jazz Composition
Sep 2001 - Dec 2004
Berklee College of Music
Music Production and Engineering
Sep 2001 - Dec 2004
Berklee College of Music

Languages

Indonesia
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Piano Grade 4
Jul 1999
The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music

Classical Piano Certification

Music Theory Grade 5
Jul 1999
The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music

Classical Music Theory Certification

Organ P3B
Dec 1998
Technics Music Academy

Organ Certification

Affiliations

Audio Engineering Society
Nov 2004

Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Hadi S.

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Let It Be Piano Cover (360 Video)
Feb 2017
What A Wonderful World (360 video) March 2017
Reharmonizing Misty
Photo by Hadi S.

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As a part of my band, New Pony, Fall 2016
Photo by Hadi S.

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Performing A Child is Born, Winter 2011
Performing one of my composition, Dirty Politics, Spring 2013
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Mike D. Jun 20, 2017
Indonesian · Online

Good start, Terima caseh, Hamid

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