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Stan M.
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As my piano student, you will learn so much! I do not work from traditional "cookie cutter" methods; each lesson is customized to take advantage of your own unique interests and abilities. Even if you are just starting out, you will quickly move beyond basic note reading to mastering popular sheet music by your favorite artists in your favorite genres. You will also have the opportunity to explore vocal accompaniment, improvisation, and/or playing the real piano parts along with recordings of your favorite songs. I hold a B.M. degree from Berklee College of Music and I have been teaching piano and performing throughout southern New England for more than three decades. I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals and dreams on the piano!
About Stan M.

Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, where I graduated Summa cum Laude, and I have over 36 years' full-time experience as an instructor. I also have over four decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages to churches, as well as television studios, radio stations, and many recording studios. Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be. **** MY TEACHING STYLE **** My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and results. I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Each lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better with, traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, improvisation, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best! I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on the Beatles One album ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music. **** MY STUDIO **** My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummers going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons. **** STYLES / GENRES **** I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most. My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged! **** MY STUDENTS **** Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction. Do you have a song or two in your heart? Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals and have a very good time doing it!

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I have just started guitar lessons with Stan and the lessons are going very well. It's exciting to be learning note reading which is something I have always wanted to do. Stan is thorough and clear in his instructions and I look forward to each lesson. I feel lucky to have Stan as my teacher.

Posted Mar 2, 2018
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Stan is very knowledgeable about singing, and he teaches more than just voice lessons. It seems like he looks for the best in you as an artist, and try to take it to another level. I'm a new student of his, and it's been great so far. Looking forward to the weekly lessons.

Posted Sep 30, 2017
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Stan is obviously both knowledgeable and talented but he is also a very good teacher and will tailor your lessons not only to your ability but also to your own personal goals Stan has my highest recommendation

Posted Jun 1, 2017
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Owner / Instructor
Jan 1982 - Present
Private Studio
Since 1982, I have been the owner and guitar/piano/voice instructor of my own private music studio, typically teaching approximately 60 or more students per week while maintaining a beautiful, well-appointed studio that is absolutely quiet and well-suited to learning. My students have ranged from 4 to 80-something years old, absolute beginners to seasoned pros (even two Grammy nominees/winners!) The studio space is also quite spacious, with plenty of room to accommodate parents and/or siblings who may wish to sit in.
Guitar Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
The Pomfret School
Piano and Guitar Instructor
Sep 1986 - Sep 2008
The Learning Connection
Although my work for the Learning Connection does not encompass every year spanning from 1986 to 2008, I taught for the Learning Connection for most of these years teaching adult beginning guitar and piano classes -- in six-week installments -- to hundreds and hundreds of students in small and medium size groups. I am proud of my success with these students in that I was able to get them playing real music in a very short time!
Piano and Guitar Instructor
Sep 1989 - Dec 1996
Moses Brown Academy
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition
Sep 1977 - May 1981
Berklee College of Music
French
Professional Proficiency
Honorary member of The Modern Music Masters Association ("Tri-M")
Jun 1983
West Warwick High School

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