Kal was born in New York and began studying piano and then added cello in elementary school. Kal's vast knowledge of the piano and cello repertoire helps his students have fun playing because there is no shortage of wonderful selections to play.
When Kal was in high school, piano performance was always paramount. In addition, Kal studied cello with Nellis DeLay-Harvout, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and sister of the world renown and distinguished Julliard school of Music violin instructor Dorothy DeLay. During high school, Kal played cello in the school orchestra as well as the all county and all state orchestras. Kal also gave cello recital performances with veteran concert pianist Gloria Carney, who was the accompanist of the legendary cellist Leonard Rose.
Kal graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Music Theory and Composition and concentrated in piano and cello performance. Kal introduced his own compositions in both piano solo and chamber music, playing the cello part. Kal also played in the college orchestral
Currently, Kal teaches piano and cello. Kal has a unique ability to select pieces that are tailored to the musical preference of the student. He will suggest classical (baroque, classical, romantic, and modern periods), show tunes, Ragtime, Blues, Hymns, Rock, and other pieces that fit the technical level and interest of the student.
Kal believes that teaching, especially beginners, is an honor. Music is his passion and teaching young students how to read music in all clefs, obtain proper technique and, learn how to make the music come alive (once the technical challenges have been mastered) through music interpretation is one of the greatest rewards in life.
Kal also serves on the Advisory Board for the Houston Piano Company.
*** Lesson Details ***
Now is the time to have your kids or you learn piano. Lessons will consist of learning to read music, brief music theory (to help making playing pieces easier), scales and exercises (that will help with the pieces that we selected and build technique), exciting repertoire pieces (selected to build the student musically), duets (4 hands/ 1 piano), and FUN!
You will learn a variety of popular and standard repertoire pieces- carefully chosen to motivate the student- practicing is easy when you love the music!
Several styles of teaching are available-(again selected to match the style of the student to maximize quick progress and return on time)!
Suzuki, Alfred, ,Bastien, Thompson, blended
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Cello, Violin, Music stand, Metronome
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have cello,violin, music stand, metronome
Student will need piano or keyboard
*** Specialties ***
Alfred, Bastien, Suzuki, Thompson
Classical, Classical, Blues, Pop, Rock, Improv., Contemporary Christian, Hymns, etc.
Mr. Kal is the tutor for my 5-year old who has trouble focusing sometimes. He is very patient with my son and is also very accommodative whenever I have had to reschedule the classes. An excellent teacher!!!
Our granddaughter improved tremendously with Mr. Cal. She is now going to camp and will not have piano lessons for a few weeks. Will pick up as soon as she returns. He has taughter her the basic fundamentals, how to hold her hands, how to read the music, and has instilled a desire to play piano ... she has always played at it but was never really serious. She is now serious. Thank you Mr. Cal!
Mr. Kal is a great teacher. My 6 year old daughter is very happy taking piano lessons with him. He is very patient, kind and very knowledgeable.
The feedbacks are important to Julian and he knows the areas he needs to concentrate and work on. Julian looks forward to his cello lessons. The lessons so far has taught him, in order to advance to the next level, he has to focus on the basic fundamentals and correct the slight flaws. He is very energetic and wants to learn so much and at the same time wants to play music like his idol Yoyo Ma and other famous cellists.