- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Throughout my 20 years of teaching experience I have developed different methods for children and adults to build a flexible and artistic piano technique that has worked with all my students.
The proper use of the arm rotation, wrist flexibility and how the wrists and arms help to lead the direction of the phrases are fundamentals to attain a beautiful and rich tone .
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- March 1997
Jesus has more than 15 years experience teaching piano and 5 years teaching the Suzuki piano method, with dozens of his students playing successfully in recitals, competitions, and auditions around the Chicago area.
He completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance with a scholarship from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il. Renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and Dr. Ludmila Lazard were his advisers and professors. In addition, during his program at Roosevelt University, Jesus took a course aimed at developing figure base and harpsichord performance with Dr. David Schrader.
In 2012 he was certified piano Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Jesus performs solo recitals and lieder by Rachmaninoff, Shubert, and Schumann with his wife the soprano Darina Assenova in festivals such as “Shubertiade”, which is organized by Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago and Make Music Chicago.
He often performs in Cultural Festivals in Mexico and United States and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as accompanist.
All his piano students are active as performers. Jesus always encourages them to perform in public, looking for piano festivals, competitions, recitals, auditions and any opportunities where they can showcase their talent. His students have been accepted in pre-college music schools in Chicago.
*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the basic piano technique skills when I start with a new student, it includes good posture of the body, good hand shape, firm fingertips, loose arm weight, good position of each finger, and flexible wrist. I always look for a rich tone production when playing each key of the keyboard in order to create a beautiful musical discourse throughout the piano piece.
When the student is from 3 to 6 years old I use the Suzuki method. When the student is older than 6 I combine the traditional and Suzuki method having great results with the student's performances.
My Philosophy: All my students learn to play piano in an artistry, confident, and joyful way.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with upright piano, couches, bookshelves, etc. Parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide copies of some piano works. But I also expect my students to buy their own books and have their own instrument.
*** Specialties ***
For beginners, I use either the Faber or Thomson method. I can teach the Suzuki method too. I specialize in Classical music, but I can also teach pop music for piano.
Piano Instructor and accompanist.
Certification in piano pedagogy using the Suzuki philosophy and Suzuki repertoire.
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Excellent teacher. Very caring for special needs student.
My girls started taking lessons from Mr. Garcia at age 4. He is an excellent instructor and keeps lessons and weekly practice assignments fun and challenging. He uses a combination of methods to best suit the interests of each of my daughters. They really look forward to their weekly lessons. I have seen significant progress in their piano skills. Mr, Garcia is very good at acknowledging their accomplishments which is extremely important for young, beginning piano players. I highly recommend him.+ Read More
Mr. G was very patient and thoughtful in teaching my son on how to play the piano. I was very impressed with him, and I would highly recommend anyone interested in playing the piano to consider Mr. G.
Jesus was awesome we highly recommend him thanks.
Jesus is a wonderful teacher in all ways. He is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to learn from. He focuses on all parts of piano playing and while he is determined and pushes you, he is not boring and makes the lesson fun.
Jesus is an excellent teacher in every way. He is personable, patient, flexible and has great rapport with my daughter. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderdul teacher.
We absolutely adore Jesus! My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Jesus since January, and it is amazing how much she has progressed. Previously she had been getting lessons ,catch and go, at her school, and there was very little progress. Jesus has a wonderful and gentle teaching style, and yet inspires her to work hard during lessons and our practices.
I cannot say enough about Jesus. One of the best decisions we have made!
I came in as a low intermediate player and after only a few lessons I feel much more confident! My sight-reading and technique approved a great deal in a short amount of time.
My two daughters are having a wonderful experience with Jesus. We've had about 7 lessons so far and I can't believe how great they are doing. He's a fantastic teacher, he's patient (especially with my restless 7 year old), encouraging and motivating (they love to practice!). We love his teaching style and how he incorporates history and information on various composers and his students, his passion for really shows. We are absolutely thrilled with Jesus.+ Read More
Very good teacher!
Jesus Garcia is a very patient piano teacher. It's been a slow journey but I have definitely learned a lot in my 6 months of training. I wish however that the book I am learning from further explained the content and had more exercises to help me practice the material. I would recommend Mr. Garcia for someone who is looking for a piano teacher that is flexible, patient, and knowledgable.
Excellent piano teacher
My son has been taking lessons with Mr. Garcia for two years and I am amazed with his performance skills. He has been advancing very fast. Mr. Garcia holds recitals for all his private students and I was very happy to see my son playing two entire songs in front of audience after only 6 months of study.
Mr. Garcia is an excellent musician and teacher
Mr. Garcia is very professional. His teaching demeanor is calm. Our son looks forward to lessons, and has greatly improved since starting with Mr. Garcia a year ago.
Jesus Garcia is a great piano teacher.
My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Garcia for 1 year and I can notice a great improvement in her musicality and technique. Now she is able to play piano with confidence and joyfulness, now she really loves to play her favorite music in piano! Mr. Garcia is very professional and serious piano teacher, but at the same time he makes the lesson fun and very interesting for my daughter.
Love how he keeps my kid motivated!
We met Jesus thru a friend and we are very happy having him as a piano teacher. My kid tends to get distracted and demotivated easily but Jesus has been very patient and that is very important to us. Piano has been a great therapy for our hyper son!