- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+
- Teaching since:
What I enjoy most about teaching piano:
The opportunity to transform the piano into more than a box with black and white buttons, but rather, a device capable of communicating every human emotion in limitless ways, that is, if our physical bodies are up to the task.
Let me explain:
As a musician who takes great care of his health through a wide-range of physical activities and sound (pun intended) nutrition, I'm a firm believer that playing the piano requires tremendous physical control, dexterity, and poise.
This notion is constantly proven true again and again when I give lessons to children and adults who are engaged in sports or any other physical training outside of studying music. Because they are in good shape, they can demand much more from their bodies. This instantly heightens their overall musicianship and individual artistic expression.
My approach to piano lessons simply put is: How do we form as close a physical bond as possible between the instrument and student? In terms of piano, I acheive this goal by training the student's hands to move; in the best way; in the right way; in the most healthiest way; in an athletic way.
Now, you *do not* have to be an athlete to see results. My point is= I take an athletic position in terms of teaching piano.
I fully understand music theory, chords, scales and rhythm. So does every other teacher.
What other teachers *do not know* is: How to teach students of any age how best to move at the piano.
This specifically is what seperates me from 99 percent of piano teachers.
Overall point= If we did not have a body with which to move, we would not be able to make any music at all. So on a fundamental level, your body is the first thing that needs to be trained when learning a new instrument.
I've been a musician since 6 years old, beginning with vocal training during elementary school and regularly performed at church and other school services in children's choir.
I started piano at 9 years old and have never stopped. (I still remember the first song I feel in love with: "What a Wonderful World")
I have 15 years of piano experience, of which includes two college degrees: an A.A in Piano from the Community College of Baltimore County and a B.S in Piano from Towson University.
My teaching philosophy is modeled after the ideologies of Canadian pianist and author Alan Fraser, owner and operator of the Alan Fraser Institute. Feel free to view his free content on YouTube or on his website alanfraserinstitute.com.
Alan's teaching style focuses on the complete awareness of your skeleton as it relates to the piano. (specifically the hand). This teaching approach awakens the innate structure and function of the hand; unlocking its true power by replacing tension and over-relaxation teachings (which plague main-stream piano instruction) with effective hand movement.
This is what seperates my teaching style from 99% of all other keyboard teachers out there.
1. To help you maintain healthy hand function for the rest of your life; never succombing to any pain which might keep you from playing.
2. To show you how to produce the best sound in a correct way.
3. To give you the tools you need to be able to play any song or piece you want; at any speed; with perfect accuracy; endless energy; at any time.
4. All the while learning the songs you want to play!
Regardless of age or experience, I'm able to distill these concepts into understandable advice for both adults and children alike; advice that will leave you with a much better understanding of how your body (not just your hand) works at the piano.