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Troy W.
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I have been teaching this subject for over 20 years. The main curriculum for beginners is Alfred's Basic Piano Library. There are three beginner levels (beginner, late, adult) and one will be selected after the first meeting. For non-beginning students, the course of study will be developed based on past experience, current abilities, and goals. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is a part of subsequent lessons. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
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Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students. Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over twenty years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons. *** Lesson Details *** There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student. To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet. The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons. Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please! Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study. Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age. Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study. IMPORTANT NOTES: • To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required. • Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson. • A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson. • the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons. • COVID - anyone wishing to study in person must first provide proof of vaccination & booster. All persons are required to wear a mask while in the studio. This is not negotiable. Mr. Wayne has been vaccinated and received the booster. *** Studio Equipment *** Pearl River 48" professional studio upright piano Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard area for parents to sit and observe lessons. *** Specialties *** Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.

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Knows more than any book I've ever read or YouTuber I've ever watched. Great teacher if you're very serious about music and plan to put in the work!

Posted Jun 7, 2022
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I'm just getting started at piano and can tell that Troy has an incredible amount of experience, really focuses on getting the fundamentals down and has a very established process. Before I was trying to learn from youtube videos and wasn't sure where to go and now I'm making way more progress. Totally recommend Troy, he's great!

Posted Apr 4, 2022
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I've been taking remote lessons with Troy for over a year now and he is fantastic! I'm a fairly busy individual working in tech and Troy always personalizes our lessons with some of my favorite video game songs and adjusts our pace based on the time I have to put into the material. My favorite things about our lessons: -Highly knowledgeable, kind, patient, willing to dive as deep into music history and theory as you are -Makes personalizes arrangements of my favorite video game songs appropriate for my level -Flexible with my ever shifting work schedule -Adapts our lessons based on how much I was able to practice as a busy professional I HIGHLY recommend Troy for anyone who always wanted to learn piano but has had difficulty finding the time. Thanks, Troy!

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Teacher
Jan 2001 - Present
self
Private Studio in composition, theory, piano, voice, aural skills, and public speaking. Students age 5 - 70.
Lecturer in Musicology
Jan 2008 - Mar 2011
Elderhostel / Exploritas Program - University of Texas, Austin / Houston
Present lecture series on various topics. Past lecture series topics include "A Brief History of Opera," "The American 20th Century," and "The Life and Music of Mozart."
Faculty
Jun 2008 - Jul 2010
Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Division - Rice University, Houston
Summer Institute for Piano. Course Instructor "Form and Analysis."
Graduate Instructor
Aug 2004 - May 2007
Shepherd School of Music - Rice University, Houston
MUSI 117 "Music Fundamentals for Non-Majors"
Instructor
Aug 2001 - May 2007
Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Program - Rice University, Houston
Instructor of Composition, theory, and aural skills in class room and private lesson settings.
Adjunct Faculty
Jun 2000 - Aug 2000
New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education, Boston
Course taught - "Music and Technology"
Guest Lecturer and Speaker
Feb 1999 - Feb 1999
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston
Topics in 20th Century Music
Graduate Diploma
Sep 1999 - May 2000
The New England Conservatory of Music
Master of Music in Composition cum laude
Sep 1997 - May 1999
The New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Sep 1994 - May 1997
The New England Conservatory of Music
Ancient Egyptian
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Percussive Arts Society, The
Jan 1999
We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 1998
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Classical Piano
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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West Alabama #
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$55
60 minutes
$65
90 minutes
$95
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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