Spurgeon Rice
Los Angeles, CA
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Spurgeon Rice

Spurgeon R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching piano for a year, and have played piano for 6 years. I travel to student's homes in Santa Clarita, and the San Fernando Valley. My goal is to share music with my students and to spark an interest in them so that they can express themselves through music.

About Spurgeon R.

I have lived in my hometown of Los Angeles all my life, and during my teen years developed a passion for music and piano. Now, I am finishing a graduate degree in piano performance at Calstate University Los Angeles, and will finish this year (2020). I also teach a university level elementary piano class there.

I have had some amazing performance opportunities at various venues including twice with other instrumentalists in the Junior Chamber Music program, twice in Europe, once playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G major K.453 with orchestra at Bratislava, and another time playing solo repertoire, and I made it to the final round at the Los Angeles Junior Bach Festival in 2014.

I’ve been playing music for ten years and teaching for six, having taught at the studios Allemande Music Academy in Santa Clarita, Silver River Music Academy in Walnut, and Pop Rock Music Academy in Alhambra.

My approach to teaching is to help the student understand and internalize the musical concept first, then work things out physically on the piano. I consider exercises done by rote and without conscious thought the wrong approach, and I communicate to my students how to listen to music in an engaging and creative way. I have taught ages as young as 5 and as old as late 20s, and have taught both theory, improvisation, and a very diverse set of repertoire.

When I’m not sitting at a piano bench working through a Beethoven Sonata, or discussing harmony in Bach’s music with a student, I like to play chess with friends while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.

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Jennifer Dunlap
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My 10 year old son has been taking piano lessons from Spurgeon for a few months and we are very happy with the experience. He is a personable, encouraging, and patient teacher and he relates well to my son. My son is very comfortable with him and is progressing nicely with his music. I recommend Spurgeon highly!

Posted Jan 26, 2016
Isi E.
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My girl was comfortable with the instructor and so was l.

Posted Jan 16, 2016

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Experience

Piano Teacher
Jul 2019 - Present

Poprock Music Academy

I currently teach for this music school in Alhambra.

Piano Teacher
Jan 2019 - Present

Silver River Music Academy

I started working at this studio in Walnut since last year.

Professor at CSULA
Jan 2018 - Present

California State University, Los Angeles

I have been teaching Class piano's I and II at CSULA where I am a graduate student.

Choir Accompanist
Jan 2018 - Present

Saturday Conservatory of Music

I accompany for two children's choirs every Saturday

Piano Teacher
Apr 2014 - Dec 2018

Bendorf Piano Studios

I worked for this studio in Santa Clarita traveling to student's homes until I moved from the area and the commute became too long.

Education

M.M. Piano Performance
Aug 2016 - Present

Calstate LA

BA in Liberal Studies
May 2014 - Jun 2015

Thomas Edison State College

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

B.A. in Liberal Studies
Dec 2015

Thomas Edison State University

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