Russell Williams

Russell W.

4 Reviews
Decatur, GA

About Russell W.

Background check: Last verified 06/22/2015
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Russell teaches: Ages 4 to 55
Teaching since: January 1992
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

My main musical areas of interest are: Contemporary, Traditional, Contemporary, and Christian Contemporary Gospel. Other styles of music that I have performed include Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Pop. and Intermediate Classical

With 20 years of teaching experience, I am a 1978 graduate of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, where I studied voice and piano. At present, I am the Minister of Music at an Atlanta area church. I am also a songwriter and producer who released a gospel/inspirational solo CD in 2007.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very organized individual who approaches piano and vocal instruction in a visual and easily understandable style. This is done in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. My instructional materials are from various sources and will be distributed. However, you will be required to purchase music lesson books and additional supplies upon request (music manuscript paper, metronome, etc.).

Some of the main areas taught to piano students are: recognizing various chord types and their structure on the piano; playing major/minor scales and finger exercises, and reading music as well as playing by ear. Performance Preparation is also covered. Repertoire will include songs assigned by the instructor and/or songs of the student’s choice.

Some of the main areas taught to vocal students are: 5 parts of the Vocal Mechanism; breathing and breath support; tone production and placement, pitch, and correct diction. Theory will include singing major and minor scales, vocal exercises, and reading music. Performance Preparation is also covered. Repertoire will include songs assigned by the instructor and/or songs of the student’s choice.

All lessons will designed according to the individual student’s areas of interest. You will receive lesson assignments on a weekly basis, so your progress is dependent upon application of the material given as well as consistent practice!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Equipment:
Roland XP-80 Piano (76 Key)
Roland Digital Recording Workstations

*** Specialties ***
gospel, pop, rhythm & blues, jazz, intermediate claassical

Photos and Videos

The Greatest Love of All - Piano as recorded by George Benson in the key of Eb Major.

Education

Music Sep 1972 - Jun 1978
Norfolk State University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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4 Reviews on Russell W.

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Daryl Jul 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Mr. Williams is very patient and gives our children a wide range of music education: from technical proficiency, to music theory to music appreciation. He meets the kids where they are and gets them to grow fro there by making learning fun. He sometimes lets them lead in one direction, but challenges them to go further. Our family really appreciates him as a teacher and mentor to our kids.
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Shaveanda Jul 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Mr. Williams has been a blessing to our family. He is a seasoned musician who is dedicated to motivating his students to development their own personal style and love for music. He has a flexible teaching style that allows him to individualize the curriculum with methods that are best suited to the individual student's way of learning. He has exposed my girls to an array of music genres and even allows them to participate in song selection. He does all of this while instructing in theory, technique, and performance. As a pianist, I appreciate the excellence that he imparts to his students. I am pleased with the progress my girls have made under his tutelage and am excited to see what lies ahead!
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Yolanda H. Jun 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Mr Williams, does a great job instructing my daughter. He is in tune with how she learns and types of music she likes. He teaches her classic piano tunes as well as popular music. He is also very patient and kind.
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Veronica Pemberton Daniels Jun 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Excellent Instructor! Mr. Williams has taught my children, age 10 and age 7 for three years. It is a joy to watch how Mr. Williams is able to captivate the attention of two energetic kids and challenge them to learn more! He has fun activities and games, homework and music history lessons where he shares about famous musicians and their contributions in the music world. My kids love his lessons. He cares about their musical and academic growth. To watch them each year during piano recital has been a blessing. I have even noticed their ability concentrate and focus in other areas. He is affordable and works with both in-house and teacher locations. This is a single moms dream to have such great music instruction from such a talented musician at your fingertips. I look forward to seeing the kids play the piano while singing along or even playing for their mom when she travels and sings. This is the next GOAL and with Russell Williams, it will be a reality. You won't be disappointed. Awesome experience!