Richard Bloomquist
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Richard Bloomquist

Richard B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Performance at its best is not just playing music correctly. It means being aware of the emotions of your audience and interacting with that.

About Richard B.

I can take any student to the pro level within a year with my unique color-coded methods. I was educated at Interlochen Arts Academy, near Traverse City, Michigan. I taught the bass player for LeVert how to play keyboards with LeVert. His name was Mike Ferguson. If you want to be a star and you are willing to work, I can get you there too. On the other hand whatever age you are, if this is just a hobby for you I can definitely help you to enjoy it.

If you love jazz improvisation, I can show you how to navigate the Real Book & if you want to play with a band I will show you how.

I now have an internet compatible color scanner and printer. Its a bit like having an electronic blackboard for the lessons. Ask me about what that can mean for us!

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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34 Reviews
Andrew W.
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By teaching how to train your hands to just learn to play instead of mountains of memorizing, Richard is able to teach absolute beginners to play complex scales, melodies and songs in no time (if you put the practice in, of course!).

Many piano teachers love the complexity of theory, reading music, and heaps of complicated techniques. Richard makes it easy and simple, focusing on kinesthetic memory--getting your hands trained with muscle memory rather than thinking about the scale, chord, etc.

The theory he does teach is all colour-based and highly intuitive. No more counting lines on a stave of sheet music!

While his background is stronger in jazz and blues, he was able to give me a TON of useful compositional techniques for rock and classical as well.

I went from a non piano player to proficient in about 6 weeks. 15 weeks in, I'm a better piano player than one of my lifelong friends. And all without the pain in the ^%$@ of reading sheet music.

Thank you Richard, and to anyone considering him, I would strongly recommend!

Posted Jul 29, 2020
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Richard is very sweet and patient. We worked at lightning speed within my understanding. Looking forward to the rest of our lessons.

Posted Jul 16, 2020
Yvette T.
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He was professional, supportive, and kind.

Posted Jun 26, 2020
Viet C.
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Posted May 30, 2020
Andrew W.
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Just wow. 60 minutes in and Richard already showed me how to easily play the scale of every key, and half of all of the types of chords (from diminished to ma6 chords). Amazing and insightful compositional techniques were just casually included. I'm blown away and couldn't recommend him more.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
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Posted Feb 18, 2020

It was a great first lesson and one that will make me want to continue learning how to play the piano.

Posted Jan 2, 2020
Jenny Wang
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Posted Dec 12, 2019
Marianna W.
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Great experience! Love my teacher! He is very kind and patient!

Posted Sep 22, 2019
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Great first lesson really enjoyed Richards time look forward to the next lesson

Posted Jul 10, 2019
Tammie T.
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Richard was awesome. I had a wonderful 1st lesson with him and look forward to many more!!!

Posted Jun 10, 2019
Andrew P.
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Richard is incredible. I've learned more and can play better in 1 month than I did with other teachers in 5 months. I can already play simple songs! He teaches in a very natural way and it really does make a world of difference, especially for us adults. He is extremely knowledgeable in all the different play styles and methods of teaching them, and his responsiveness is unparalleled when you're stuck on something between lessons.

Posted Apr 23, 2019
Elizabeth M.
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Fantastic teacher

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Robin U.
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Posted Nov 15, 2018
Aaron C.
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Great lesson! Rick was able to break down advanced theory into bit size pieces. I learned a lot and looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Aug 2, 2018
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Posted Aug 2, 2018
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Posted Jun 3, 2018
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He is fantastic!

Posted Jan 6, 2018
Kyle C.
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His is great teacher. Very patient to my son. My son likes him. Thanks,

Posted Dec 15, 2017
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Great guy. Very clear and unique teaching design!

Posted Oct 24, 2017
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Richard has been very patient with my 8 year old. He makes sure my daughter understands the lesson and always gives her homework to work on to show him the next week. He is tuning in to her love for playing the piano! She looks forward to her lessons every week.

Posted Aug 23, 2017
Hani S.
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My 15 years son love his first lesson. Richard was great, very professional, and patient.

Posted Apr 18, 2017
Max J.
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Posted Mar 13, 2017
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Posted Feb 16, 2017
Rachel K.
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I really enjoyed this piano lesson. I really look at the piano a lot differently than I did before and I love learning!

Posted Nov 29, 2016
Lorraine S.
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I had a very good first lesson with richard i had a fun time with it

Posted Oct 21, 2016
David W.
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Richard truly enjoys teaching music theory. He has given me so far a better understanding of how music is related to our feelings and moods. I hope to take what he gives me and further my knowledge to playing by ear and improvising on piano.

David W.

Posted Oct 7, 2016
Aurora D.
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My first lesson was fantastic,terrific, well self explanatory, I enjoyed,Richard is a very good & patience instructor,am a beginner, and I'm already amazed with what I learn. Looking forward to my next class.

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Nikkie S.
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Rich is very patient and knowledgeable about piano and easy to work with.

Posted Aug 22, 2016
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Richard's color system works great to conceptualize moods expressed on the keyboard. I enjoyed my first lesson very much!

Posted Aug 4, 2016
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Richard is a very patient teacher. He is wise and experienced. He is able to support individuals at a variety of levels of instructional need.

Posted Apr 20, 2016
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Rick didn't just arrange songs for my lyrics. He got me writing the songs myself for the words and tunes in my head. I'm using chord progressions I thought I'd never master!

Posted Apr 19, 2016
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Very experienced. Was able to get me playing and keep me interested.

Posted Feb 18, 2016
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Rick is a very good teacher. His knowledge of music theory is outstanding. He knows how to teach drills & technique so that you not only understand the theory behind the music, but you know how to play it as well! I recommend him wholeheartedly.

Posted Feb 16, 2016

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3 Semesters as Psychology Major
Sep 1969 - Feb 1971

Case Western Reserve University

Diploma. Piano, Theory, and Composition Major, Academics Minor
Sep 1967 - Jun 1969

Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan


Parisian (rather than Quebequois) French

Professional Proficiency


Karl Lemmerman Prize for Poetry
Jun 1970

Case Western Reserve University

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