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I like to tailor my teaching style to my student's needs, so you can progress at your rate, with your kind of music. I can teach pop or classical, whichever you prefer. What's important is your having fun and making progress.
Your goals are my goals. Whether you want to learn to play from music or by ear, it's up to you.
I like to explain the relevance of theory to the music at hand, and how it can help further understanding of the piece, even making it easier and more fun to play.
I've been teaching piano now for 15 years. My goal is for the student to learn to play by feel in addition to reading music. A standard lesson would consist of some playing in books and going over some music theory followed by playing by feel. This would include blues,jazz, and rock grooves. My approach is creative and customized to the prospective student. The student needs to enjoy learning the piano. A happy student is a successful one.
I can teach anything lower than the Royal Conservatory of Toronto's grade rating of 7 (much harder than most piano method book grade levels) without any preparation and have played a handful of diploma level pieces in the "classical" idiom, which are considered the hardest difficulty pieces.
In the jazz idiom, I know many of the exercises of Charlie Banacos as well as an Abersold method. I have studied jazz extensively throughout most of my life and my main influences are Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis.
Piano lessons with me are fun and enjoyable, yet challenging in all the right ways! Music theory and performance technique are worked into the practice times in a way that makes it easy and accessible. I teach piano through classical music, jazz, blues, movie soundtracks, and pop music. My students are always encouraged to give feedback and share their preferences for the style of music they most want to learn.
Students of mine can expect a holistic approach to learning the piano that includes music reading, theory, listening, non-idiomatic improvisation, and practicing techniques. By incorporating improvisation into the lesson students are able to practice techniques and elements of music off of the page in new and creative ways. My goal is for each student to walk away from a lesson with all of the tools they need to work and master skills independently. Piano students will use Nancy and Randall Faber's Piano Adventures Series.
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Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.
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