I have been teaching young students piano for six years. I have completed my education for a music education degree, and am the former president of the Cal State Piano Society. I have been playing piano for seventeen years and love every aspect of music. My goal is to pass my passion for music onto my students, and allow them to develop a deep appreciation and understanding for all genres.
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I am a strong believer in making the learning process fun and enjoyable. I want my students to be motivated to learn and practice as much as possible. My teaching style consists of starting with the basics (technique, theory, and reading music) then graduating to style and phrasing. My students will always leave our lessons feeling accomplished and confident. Learning an instrument is hard work, but with enough effort and commitment, anything is possible!
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Baldwin Upright Piano
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I expect my students to provide a piano and the required materials (i.e. metronome and music books)
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I believe that technique is very important when it comes to piano. I start with teaching the basic scales, hand positions, and good posture. Then I begin teaching music theory, in which the student learns how to read notes, rhythms, dynamics, etc. Once the student becomes proficient in reading and technique, I give them more difficult pieces in order to work on style, voicing, and phrasing.
As the Peer Lab Facilitator at CSUSB, I hold classes that help excel the students of beginner and advanced music theory and ear training. I hold multiple session a week for up to thirty students at a time. I am responsible for creating lesson plans and exercises to further develope their understanding of music analysis and chord/melodic recognition.
At Empire Performance Studio, I am the piano accompanist for the musical productions, and I assist with band practices.
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