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The Piano used to be the center of the family's entertainment and can still bring happiness and joy to everyone who plays. I can help you learn to play that instrument we all wish we could play. Materials used in out lessons include Hal Leonard's Piano Aerobics.
I have taught beginning piano to students ranging from five to 80 years old. For my younger students I use the Faber Piano Adventures series. For my adult pupils I use the Alfred Adult Beginner course.
I love teaching and playing piano! I graduated in 1973 from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts with a degree in piano performance and music education. I expanded my skills with a master's degree in Kodaly, a music literacy method. I use the Robert Pace Piano Series and support it with standards from the classics and jazz. I strive to give my students a firm basic foundation so they can enjoy playing for many years to come.Come and join me in making the most of your musical experiences.
Piano is a great instrument to start learning the musical language on! Great for anyone at any point in their life. I can help find repertoire for a student any skill level- Old Mac Donald to Op.33 in G minor by Rachmaninov.
If you're child is 5 years old and you think they would enjoy piano, send 'em over!
If you are 80 and have been wanting to play the piano... come on over!
If you've been playing for several years and just want someone to help develop your skills, let's do it!
And of course... if you're into jazz, let's swing.
After understanding a student's level and what their interests with piano are, I help the student pick a song or a piece to use for lessons that is according to those interests. After a student gains a good understanding of playing a song or a piece, I like to go over ways to change the dynamics (rhythm and note alterations) of the music to explore other kinds of expression through the piano. With this approach, my students may learn to bring logic (technique, scales, theory) and feeling (how the music is played) together. It is also a great introduction to improvisation.
I go over improvisation with students, if desired. This includes such concepts as playing comfortably with both hands, creating melodies, exploring the use of various scales and voice leading. Lastly, if desired, I can include singing in the lessons!
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Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!
Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.
Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.
Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.
Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.
Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.
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