Richard Parsons

Richard P.

Gwynn Oak, MD

About Richard P.

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Richard teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: 2007
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Overview

Hello, my name is Richard. I love all things music, but my primary areas of focus are Piano and Music Literacy and Theory. My musical journey began when I was 6 years old, shortly after my grandparent's piano came to reside in my parents' home. I began piano lessons during that summer after first grade. By the time I was in junior high, my teacher thought I was ready for a more advanced teacher, and so I began taking lessons from someone who had traveled to Europe to study music. In college, I continued my musical journey, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelors in Church Music with a Piano Principal and again in 2004 with a Masters in the same.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy in music is that everyone can learn to be musical if they truly want to be. I work hard to find the inner musician in people, giving advice and assistance when needed but also trying to let each person grow to be their own musician too. As a teacher, I am flexible and easy-going, but I also expect my students to be actively involved in the learning process. Practicing at home between lessons is essential for us to make the most of our lessons together.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For piano lessons, I expect students to have a regular piano available. For music and music theory lessons, a keyboard instrument (electronic, piano, or organ) would be very helpful, but not required.

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Experience

Volunteer Musician

Jul 2014 - Present
Mount Airy Bible Church

Play piano with the band for worship services, oversee administrative duties for church music program, lead worship for mid-week gatherings

Volunteer Musician

Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
Arlington Baptist Church

led instrumentals for worship services as lead musician (piano), served as the primary substitute worship leader

Teacher

Aug 2004 - Jun 2014
Arlington Baptist School

prepared students and adjudicate regional and state fine arts competitions, accompanied school music programs

Minister of Music

Jun 2005 - Aug 2011
Arlington Baptist Church

planned and produced annual Christmas and Easter programs, directed an orchestra of 5-8 members and a choir of 15-30 members, organized service orders and prepared music, led congregational singing, assisted in school's music program as needed

Education

Master of Music in Church Music

Aug 2002 - May 2004
BJU

Bachelor of Music in Church Music

Aug 1998 - May 2002
Bob Jones University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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2 Reviews on Richard P.

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AtildaS Jun 10, 2012
I am learning very well,, my teacher is very great he helps me step by step until I understand... And I am willing to continue with him...
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LindaA Apr 3, 2011
Thank you for teaching me. It has been fun. Hope all the future lessons are as fun as the ones in the past. Anthony