Richard Williams

Richard W.

Provo, UT

About Richard W.

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Richard teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2010
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well. I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments, 5 being fairly basic, and 5 fairly proficient.

Photos and Videos

My cinematic pop band's Ghostbusters Music Video

Experience

Piano teacher

Aug 2010 - Present
Richard W. Music

I've had up to 30 students, mostly local, but I have a few online students on skype, and am looking for more!

BYU Modern Dance Accompanist

Jan 2009 - Dec 2014
Brigham Young University Dance Department

I played piano for modern dance classes in which all I did was play piano without any music on the spot for the dancers. They would change styles often and using my music theory knowledge I would come up with things to play on the spot. I also played drum set for those classes.

BYU Ballet Pianist

Jan 2007 - Jan 2009
Brigham Young University Dance Department

I played and sight read piano music for Ballet Classes from large binders full of classical music like grand waltzes, polkas, or ragtime pieces. It was great opportunity because I got a lot of experience playing in front of people in a high pressure situation where I couldn't stop playing or drop the beat because I had dancers that needed me to keep playing and playing well.

I had to communicate with various teachers and their different communication styles when many of them didn't know how to express the musical ideas they wanted me to implement. In other words, I had to learn to "read their minds" to a certain extent.

Education

Commercial Music & Japanese Double Major

Jun 2002 - Dec 2014
Brigham Young University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Professional Proficiency

Awards

College Television Awards (Student Emmy) Winner 2014

Apr 2014
Television Academy Foundation

College Television Awards (Student Emmy) Winner 2010

Apr 2010
Television Academy Foundation
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29 Reviews on Richard W.

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Ong Guan Y. Dec 5, 2016
Piano · Online
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Brady C. Nov 17, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My grandson was really nervous before his first lesson but Richard was great! By the end of the lesson, my grandson was asking when his next lesson was because he couldn't wait. Thanks Richard!
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Aaron Nov 3, 2016
Composition · Online
Verified Student
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Annabelle Oct 13, 2016
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
Richard is a great teacher. He really helps me improve my listening skills. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Miles W. Sep 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He loved it!
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Yusuf May 4, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Online lesson worked well. Son is more motivated now to practice. Looking forward to the next.
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Julian Feb 24, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My son enjoys his online classes with him. Instructor is very nice patient person.
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Luke Fumeaux Feb 24, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Excellent lesson ........ Looking forward to the next ...
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Dan D. Feb 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Richard is great! He works well with adults and is as flexible as can reasonably be expected. He has the kind of personality that would allow him to be patient and work well with children as well.
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Faith P. Feb 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Richard is very patient and encouraging. He thinks beyond the standard scope to help the student enjoy learning. He is extremely talented as well.
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