Shai Portugaly
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Shai Portugaly

Shai P.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a professional musician who tours around the world playing various different genres and collaborating with different artists, I like to introduce my students to a broad range of genres and explore with them what type of music they resonate with the most. With more than 12 years of experience teaching music and a degree from Berklee College of Music, I put high emphasis on developing musical ear and developing the skills which will help you learn anything on your own.

I also encourage my students to explore their creativity and create something of their own - whether it's a song, a piece, or just an idea that we can develop together. If you are interested in singing / songwriting, we can include these as part of the piano lessons into a wholistic, well rounded music-lessons experience.(for that i'd recommend longer lessons length).

Looking forward to having a musical journey with you!
Shai

About Shai P.

I am an international touring musician (singer, pianist, songwriter) from Israel, based Brooklyn, NY. I have a degree in music from Berklee College of Music. While I have toured around the world and collaborated with various artists (such as Grammy Award winner A.R Rahman), I also have a great passion for teaching, and have been teaching music for the past 12 years!

I am a highly eclectic musician/teacher, and am experienced with a large variety of musical genres - from Jazz & Blues via Pop & Rock through World Music (Indian, Middle Eastern). I like to introduce my students to various different styles of music so as to find what they resonate with the most and dive deep into it. My favorite part about teaching is exploring the student’s creativity and innate sense of music. I like to work with my students on developing their ears so as to gain independence and ability to learn things on their own. I especially like to encourage my students to create something of their own - whether a song, a piece, or just a small idea, and seeing how we can explore and develop it together.

Side note - I am a certified yoga teacher, and yoga has paved my personal way into singing. I could never control my voice and was amazed after i started practicing yoga regularly at how my voice started to feel more free and smooth. If you wish to study voice with me, I’d be happy to share some of the yoga exercises which I find most beneficial for singing.

If you wish to study well-rounded music lessons, I’d be delighted to share everything I know with you. We can go on a journey combining piano, voice, songwriting/composition and music theory, learning to explore things from various different angles and getting a broad and deep understanding of music. If that sounds interesting to you, I’d recommend longer lessons (about an hour).

Looking forward to going on a musical adventure with you!
Shai

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