Xavier Suarez

Xavier S.

Bowling Green, OH
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Xavier delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2004

I am a professional pianist, vocal coach and organist. I am originally from Puerto Rico, were I got my Bachelors in Music Performance with a specialization in piano from the Conservatory of Music in P.R. and have two Masters of Music from Eastern Michigan University, in Piano Perfomance, and The University of Michigan, in Collaborative Piano.

My philosophy has always been to ask the student what he/she wants to accomplish with their piano studies and then come up with a plan to accomplish this. Pair that with my teachings of proper technique and becoming a well rounded musician which includes: sheet music reading, music theory, sight reading, ear training and playing from the heart and you have the perfect formula for success. But the secret ingredient is always the effort that you put in to get better, without that you will not get better.

As a pianist I do a lot of freelance work with singers and instrumentalists. Working with them for their concerts/recitals, competitions and recordings. I work also with middle/high school students as the choir accompanist for the Bowling Green City Schools in Ohio. I perform my organist duties at Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, OH.

I have a small private studio that I teach from home and looking to expand it with online lessons and with you. I look forward to working with you and helping you accomplish your musical goals whether that is in classical or any other genre, I am here for you.

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Experience

Organist/Choir accompanist
Oct 2016 - Present
Olivet Lutheran Church

Play the music for the services every Sunday and Wednesday and play piano when the choir performs.

Choir accompanist
Aug 2013 - Present
Bowling Green City Schools

Accompany choir rehearsals, lead sectionals, play for the performances and the musical.

Private Piano Teacher
Aug 2004 - Present
Own Company

Teach piano students and coach singers amd help them accomplish their musical goals.

Musical Director/Pianist
Jan 2016 - May 2016
Pensacola Opera

Was hired for a season to be the pianist and musical director for Pensacola Opera in Florida. Played all of the rehearsals and the student shows and musical directed Out of Drakness by Jake Heggie.

Graduate Student Instructor
Sep 2011 - Apr 2013
The University of Michigan

Accompany instrumentalists and coach singers for their performances.

Graduate Assistant
Sep 2008 - Apr 2011
Eastern Michigan University

Accompany instrumentalists and coach singers for their performances. Teach young kids piano in the Community Music Academy.

Education

Master of Music in Collaborative Piano
Sep 2011 - Apr 2013
The University of Michigan
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 2008 - Apr 2011
Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Me and my student performing two duets.
Here is Jarred, another student of mine, playing Sakura from the Piano adventures book.
Mary Martin and I performing Puertorican art song.
Jean Bernard Cerin and I performing Canto Negro by Xavier Montsalvatge.
Sufan Yiu, violin
Xavier Suarez, piano
Britten Violin Suite
The piano where I teach with Lobo the wolf.
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6 Reviews

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Erin Sep 5, 2017
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Xavier is an amazingly kind and patient teacher. I have seen him work well with students of all ages and ability levels. He has a wonderful rapport with students! He makes students feel safe and comfortable while challenging them to do their best each and lesson.

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Hilary Aug 31, 2017
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Xavier possesses the unique ability to work with many students, tailoring his instruction to each of their needs. He reaches out with humor and high expectations, which raises the caliber of performance he is able elicit from his students. I appreciate working with Xavier for his consistency and commitment to excellence.

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Martin Aug 31, 2017
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Xavier is an excellent pianist and a versatile artist who is comfortable playing and teaching a wide range of musical styles. We worked together at a summer music camp for children and teens, and although he has the skill set to be a fine instructor for students of all ages, he has a special ability to make learning music fun and accessible for younger students while still producing superb results.

Martin Bakari
The Juilliard School, M.M.
Boston University, B.M. and Opera Institute

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Martha Aug 30, 2017
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Xavier is completely professional and attentive to the needs of the individual student. He knows a wide range of styles and can always find ways to engage a young person to play the piano.

LeAnn Zeisloft Aug 30, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mr. Suarez has worked with my special needs child. He is patient, attentive and took the the extra time to really figure out how he could best teach my son. I am grateful for his kindness and sincere desire to share his skill with my child. My son also enjoyed working with Mr. Suarez. I would highly recommend Mr. Suarez. He is a phenomenal person and extremely talented.

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Beth Aug 30, 2017
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Xavier is currently our accompanist at Bowling Green Middle and High School where I am one of the choir directors. I have worked with him for 4 years and he is a wonderful teacher, coach and mentor. He is able to work well with all ages, abilities and students with special needs. Students love working with Mr. Suarez and they are excited to see him come back every year. Xavier is patient and able to taylor lessons to the specific student needs. He is very flexible, cooperative and is willing to go the extra mile to help students succeed!

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