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Peter B.
Trumbull, Connecticut
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Intermediate, Advanced
Beginner cello instruction based on custom curriculum. Usually after 2-3 hours of active instructions, most students are able to play simple melodies.
About Peter B.

I am Classically trained, energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils; experienced in identifying the appropriate resources necessary for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively. Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction. Scheduling: Due to large numbers of school grade kids, my schedule is rather fluid, meaning there are unavoidable changes throughout the school year. If you don't see the slot that you'd like toy book, get in touch and there's a high probability that we may work something out. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe with an extensive music pedagogy training. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music. The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development. *** Lesson Details *** The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs. With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock. Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home. *** Studio Equipment *** Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources. Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; *** Travel Equipment *** Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment. *** Specialties *** Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory

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Peter has not only honed my daughter's previous skills, but introduced techniques and music theory that was completely new to her. Peter has sought out music that will challenge and interest my daughter specifically. We've been very pleased.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
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Peter is an extremely patient and knowledgeable teacher; it has been a privilege studying the piano and cello with him for the past 2 months. In that brief time, I have completed 16 of the 17 pieces in the first Suzuki book for cello! I have also enjoyed the piano exercises and repertoire he has assigned, which are technical but melodious. He has a great understanding of theory and technique; he is very personable and encouraging; and he was flexible and accommodating about the times and modes (in person and online) for my lessons. I recommend him wholeheartedly to other adult beginners like me and am grateful to be under his tutelage.

Posted May 2, 2020
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Peter is exceptional. His instruction is simple, straightforward and progressive

Posted Jan 5, 2020
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Experience
Music Teacher
Sep 2016 - Present
Woodhouse Academy
Music teacher for Special Education students. General music, piano and stringed instruments
Music Teacher/Director
Jun 2013 - Present
Twin Brooks Music Studio
Owner and operator of a private music school.
Music Teacher
Apr 2012 - Feb 2014
St. Rita Elementary School, Hamden, Connecticut.
General music, piano and vocal teacher from pre-K, to 8th grade. Duties included: teaching pupils basic music theory, principles of vocal and instrumental music; developing teaching materials and updating the assessment, recording and reporting systems to monitor a student'€™s progress. Teaching a range of standard school instruments such as recorder, glockenspiel and other Orff Instruments using the combination of pre-existing curriculum and own materials.
String Orchestra Teacher
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Bridgeport Board of Education, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Strings, piano and a General Music teacher, 5th through 8th grade. The job involved teaching pupils the basic principles of music, music theory and stringed instruments; developing teaching material for music classes; evaluating student's€™ interest and aptitude to determine a suitable instrument for them; providing individual instrumental lessons. Assisting students with extra-curricular activities and updating the assessment, recording and reporting systems to monitor a student'€™s progress; directing all string orchestra holiday on-campus performances; assisting chorus teacher with piano accompaniment and arrangements for mixed choir.
Education
Bachelor's degree in Piano, Music Theory and Pedagogy (Music Education)
Sep 1980 - May 1985
University Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia
Music & Education
Sep 1979 - May 1985
University: "Cyril and Methodious" Skopje, Macedonia
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Russian
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Serbian
Professional Proficiency
Certifications
Piano tuning and restoration
May 1984
University Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia
6 mo course on piano tuning and basic piano repairs
Awards
Certificate of Excellence
Apr 2012
Bridgeport Board of Education
Affiliations
Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2009
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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