- Teaches students:
- Ages 6 to 13
- Teaching since:
- December 2001
My name is Ray and I teach piano and organ. I started teaching with Take Lessons in 2012 when I moved to Austin, Texas. Before that, I lived in California where I directed music at churches for over 10 years, served as pianist and organist, and conducted several choirs and music groups. I also started teaching private piano lessons after graduating from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a degree in Music Education.
I now live in Snohomish, Washington with my husband Dan, and son Galvin. We are (still) enjoying the lush green and cooler weather of the PNW!
I consider myself an organist, before pianist, because the organ is my first love! The organ is so similar to the piano, yet it is vastly different and comes with it its own unique excitement! As a teacher, I enjoy watching young musicians discover their abilities. I look forward to helping you get excited about the piano or organ and making music!
*** Lesson Details ***
My beginning piano students can expect to learn how to read music, use their fingers on the keys correctly, and play several songs or pieces in 3 to 4 months. I use piano method material primarily from the Faber Piano Adventures series, but use other methods as well.
My organ students can expect to learn basic keyboard skills as in learning piano, learn how to play the pedal board--a big and exciting part about the organ!--and also specific organ techniques and gain the appreciation for the difference the organ is.
I believe that I am an enthusiastic teacher, gently encouraging, but firm and persistent as well. I want you to be excited about music, but I also want you to learn what you need to be able to make that music!
*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't have equipment, but I expect the student to have a piano at home. In the past when I have taught organ, I could teach at a church, or at my home, but I don't have an organ in my home (in Snohomish) anymore. We would have to make arrangements with a facility with an organ.
*** Specialties ***
General beginning piano, basic chord reading and improvisation, Classical organ.
I was the organist for a beautiful historic church in Austin, just steps away from the Capital Building! I played for services every Sunday morning.
I sang in the choir and served as a cantor for Sunday services and occasionally as organist/accompanist. I also substitute led and accompanied the school choir.
I directed the parish music program and oversaw the various choirs and instrumentalists at St. Francis of Assisi. I instructed and directed my own small groups and accompanied them at weekly services. I provided music ministry for weddings and memorial services and I conducted the combined choirs and music groups at major liturgical events. I planned musical repertoire, and also guided the other ministers in the various roles of worship.+ Read More
My 15 year old son, who has some experience with music through orchestra at school, began playing the piano on his own about two years ago. Although he has some skill, there are many areas where he still needs help. Ray is an excellent judge of Jack's ability and is able to guide him in fingering, sight reading and reading base clef. My son has found Ray very helpful because he picks up on what he needs and knows how to explain what to do to improve. He is learning something new with each lesson. Besides being knowledgeable, skilled and patient, Ray is also very personable! My son looks forward to his lesson each week!+ Read More
Ray is a great teacher. He is very patient and kind with our 6 yr old. She is progressing at a steady rate and having fun! Ray is always on time and provides excellent communication for each lesson.