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.
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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.
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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.
Play piano with the band for worship services, oversee administrative duties for church music program, lead worship for mid-week gatherings
led instrumentals for worship services as lead musician (piano), served as the primary substitute worship leader
prepared students and adjudicate regional and state fine arts competitions, accompanied school music programs
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