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By Francesca V. - San Diego Piano Teacher
My name is Francesca, and I teach piano lessons in San Diego. After a recent relocation, I was able to build a thriving studio teaching piano in less than 6 months. When my friends and colleagues heard that I had more than 60 students in such a short time, the air was filled with gasps and questions. They asked “In this economy? How do you do that?” or “How do you teach that many students and not burn out?” People are always looking for me to answer semantically, but I feel it is a philosophical question. I built a studio teaching piano in San Diego around my philosophy, and thus it thrived.
I think the secret to having a buzzing studio is the same as what makes a respectable musician. A great teacher shares her love of music with her students. She doesn’t just push rules at them. She remains curious about her art and is fearless in her exploration of it. My pet peeve is artists who refuse to improvise. Improvisation is a core component of musical expression. We must play with our instrument and dig into our studies. We must think more as young children do and thrive off inquisitiveness. Children do not fear being wrong. They sing and play with a reckless abandon that we can all learn from (one of the reasons I love teaching kids). The trick is to love what we do and have the courage to give it value. Remember this as you embark upon your quest to find a great piano instructor. Good luck!
As a theorist, piano came natural from a guitar playing background after taking the interval structure of a common chord and incorporating both the left and right hand to explore the same techniques. I do best with requests and start from whatever level my student is coming from. I do everything from Beginning songs to Classical, Rock and modern Pop or Country.
Learn your favorite songs and riffs! Coordination, singing and playing, music reading, improvisation. The foundation of music lessons is developing good ears and good time feel (groove). These are skills that all the best musicians have. That, along with some study of piano basics will cover about half of our lesson time. The other half should be devoted to the kind of music that inspired you to look me up. My hope is that you will become a well rounded musician and pianist, and that we'll both discover new music :-)
I also enjoy preparing for jam sessions, auditions, and competing for placement in school ensembles and scholarships.
The piano is the king of instruments. Steven B is one of the best instructors out there. He teaches in students’ homes across the United States as easily as in the Coronado Music Studio. For 30 years, he has successfully taught hundreds of students. Provide teaching at all levels. Most ages. Complete beginners are welcome. He combines methods of reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation... And this work wonders for his piano students. They play with confidence, feeling, and great interpretation! Students may learn classical, jazz, pop, blues, as well as other genres. Steven B may be the only teacher out there who uses his recording studio in producing recordings to assist his piano students in the learning process. Prepare to learn and have a lot of fun!
You may take piano lessons:
- In Your Home Lessons Via Webcam (LIVE with the teacher)
- In The Coronado Music Studio
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"This is a comprehensive course designed to help students master theory concepts. I gradually introduce new ideas in a clearly presented format, and follows up with lots of effective reinforcement."
With over 10 years of piano lesson experience, my new students love the personalization in which I cater your learning experience, based on your preferences at your level. For example, If you want to play the classics, we'll get started with Fur Elise. However, if you're into more contemporary popular culture pieces to impress your friends, we can start with the Star Wars theme song. I combine theory, technique, practice, rhythm (counting), vocabulary, and performance pieces.
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