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My lessons are simple: Have fun and learn how to play music first, then understand the music language later as you grow. That simple. Just like an infant would speak first, then read and write later. It is more effective and smarter.

Lessons are for all ages and are started off with songs based on their familiarity and strengths. Then progressively, I build on their weaknesses and expand their instrument and performance skills. The finally, when students are ready, I clearly explain and reveal on the music theory. There, their ‘whys’ are answered and ‘oohhhh-that-makes-sense’ are uttered. Lessons are progressive and it's not strict on my plan, but on the students' progress. Through patience and encouragement, my students enjoy succeeding learning how to play music.

I specialize in contemporary, alternative, soft pop, pop-rock, and uniquely gifted signing songs in American Sign Language with dance. But I am flexible in different genres. I enjoy all kinds of styles and genres. ...

About Eduardo
(Hi! Check out the new videos I posted below!! Looking forward to become your new teacher!!)

Since my birth, my life was influenced by music and my father's passion to sing. My sense of music started not with understanding of lyrics, but of melodies and rhythms. As matter of fact, the first language I learned was music!! How is this possible?! Well, because of my hearing disability, I did not speak fluently and very well until I was in 9th Grade!! But with God's grace, I understood the language of music first!!

At the age of 10 months, I was hit with a deadly disease: Spinal Meningitis. But thank God, I survived. Because of the disease, I became legally deaf (profound-severed) in my left ear and hard-of-hearing (severed) in my right ear. I currently use a hearing-aide device on my right ear. Regardless of my hearing disability, I ha
ve the gift of playing music, understanding music, and living musically. I have learned and played music since I was 8 years old.

Piano was not the first instrument I learned. I started off with playing drums which is my secondary. I decided to make piano as my primary instrument and loved playing the piano ever since. My parents noticed my gift of music and agreed to take me to private piano lessons weekly.

After multiple years of private piano lessons from age of 8 to 14 and taking music classes in High School, at the age of 16, I joined the full band in a local church as the lead keyboardist. Of 19 years - and counting - with experience of performing and playing piano with a band locally and out of towns, I've had the privilege for 2 years as the Director of Worship & Music Ministry at Victory Outreach Sacramento (Spanish). Victory Outreach International granted me an opportunity to perform the instrumental piano background at the 2011 Victory Outreach International/World Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California.

In that same year, I enrolled into the full 2 1/2 year program at Life Music Institute (Instituto Vida Musik). The Director of Life Music Institute noticed my passion for music and the desire to create a Deaf Music some day; we became very close friends. He invited me to participate with 70 member choir at a local Sacramento Festival 2012. Saving the best for last, I was honored to lead in front of 3,800 people of the final special song "En Una Sola Voz" (In One Voice) in American Sign Language.

Currently, I am excited and honored to be the Worship Leader & Music Director at Elevate Life Church in Sacramento, CA.

Not only I play piano and drums, I play guitar as well! I loved acoustic guitar and decided to pick up a guitar and starting learning. Now, the guitar is my third instrument.

Besides living and playing music, I teach also! By numerous peers, families, and friends, I've been told that I have the gift of teaching. I love teaching!!

I felt compelled to start teaching piano in 2010 at home. Loud n Clear Musik was founded. I've been hired by Southgate Recreation & Park District in Sacramento, CA as a Special Interest Instructor and taught there too.

My teaching experience did not start there however. I first started teaching at the Sacramento City Unified School District as the Teacher Assistant from 2001 to 2004 at Sacramento High School and J F Kennedy High School. It was an unforgettable experience teaching the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and disabled students. I returned to the Sacramento City Unified School District as an Instructional Assistant I & II in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Education Program and worked there making a difference from 2012 to 2016.

While seeking a way to further serve the Deaf Community at a greater scale, I received a surprise message from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from a high reputation non-profit organization called Norcal Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has heard about me and watched me volunteered and witnessed my ASL poetries in different events. In within 20 hours, I got hired on the interview. I am now serving the greater Northern California as a Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Client Advocate. In Fall 2016, I helped launch ASL Community Classes for the community with NorCal.

NorCal has me lead the ASL Community Classes for over a year now and I’ve taught over 100 students. It is still counting!! I've taught and teach students who are therapists, audiologists, government officials, teachers, educators, college and university alumni, families and members, elders, late deafened, dancers and performers, and fellow neighbors to help them better communicate, understand, and connect with the deaf community, Deaf culture, and their peers. I communicate in ASL non-stop with all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind. I can teach ASL effectively, fitting the students and class level with ease, and with lots of fun!! I also communicate (and speak) very well in two other languages: English and Spanish.

From time to time, I participate, volunteer, or get invited to share my unique gift of performing poetry in ASL and dance. I also volunteer to interpret for any service as needed. I have performed the National Anthem at the Sacrament Kings game and at the Democrat vs Republican in Sacramento Rivercats stadium.

I've taught, communicated, and worked with infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. I have even taught and worked with special needs students, co-workers, and clients who has cerebral palsy.

I volunteer my time and used my gifts in special and social events to share and inspire students, friends, families, and peers. Many times, I always encourage others to witness, support, and participate as well, especially at Deaf Camp Grizzly. I'm often asked to perform in different events.

I believe that music is not our life. Our life is music. You ARE a music. I'm looking forward to help you have a musical life!!

(Please note! It is important and required by law that licensed or professional services must provide an interpreter or a Certified Deaf Interpreter for their deaf clients' appointments or for deaf clients receiving professional services. Taking ASL lessons will and does help you communicate and connect with the deaf clients and culture, but by not being a fluent or native signer or are new in learning sign language - it does not excuse the requirements for obtaining professional and licensed interpreters for deaf clients. Please support, cooperate, and protect their rights for communication access. Thank you.)

*** Music & ASL Lesson Details ***
(NOTE: ASL, Piano, and Guitar lessons are available now!)

My approach is play music or sign first, then read and write music or understand ASL structure along the way. Just like an infant would speak first, then read and write later. It is more effective and smarter. Lessons are for all ages and are started off with songs based on their familiarity and strengths. Then progressively, I build on their weaknesses and expand their instrument and performance or sign language skills. The finally, when students are ready, I clearly explain and reveal on the music theory or sign language structure and grammar. There, their ‘whys’ are answered and ‘oohhhh-that-makes-sense’ are uttered. Lessons are progressive and it's not strict on my plan, but on the students' progress. Through patience and encouragement, my students enjoy succeeding learning how to sign American Sign Language or play music on their choice of instrument.

During the first lesson, I care about my students and their parents first; I want to be a friend to both of them. At the same time, they'll have a strategical, knowledgeable, and wise teacher. I start off with lots of comfortable questions about my new students, parents, and their interest. I even encourage my students to ask me questions too!! I move on in empowering my students to feel more at ease, confident, and fearless - and to enjoy!! Can a student learn without believing in themselves? Can a student have interest and passion without having fun or with a smile on their face? I encourage those important factors.

After noting down key strengths and weakness, their culture and daily environments, goals, examples of lessons, their preference of topics, needs, styles and songs, and creating a song list together, through excellence rapport and communication, I'll get the feeling of the students’ expectations, needs, and what they enjoy.

My style of teaching is very interactive and for anyone to learn. I had a 6 year old student who learn her first song, "London Bridge" on her first day. One adult student, who supposedly could never be on tempo, finally achieved this from tempo #50 to tempo #150 in 3 lessons. Other students who can play 'well' now improve their flexibility playing Major Scales with two hands with up-beat rhythms. Others can now fully understand the theory and rules of Major Scales, Minor Scales, Major and Minor Chords, Diminished and Augmented Chords, and fill out the exercise charts without hesitation. Surprisingly, another student now performs comfortably in front of their friends and family just for fun!! For sign language, students are always enjoying in learning to sign and my humors. Plenty of ASL students would be so encouraged and wants to pursue in becoming a professional interpreter or get a degree in Deaf Studies. These are just few examples of techniques, lessons, skills, theories, success, and new endeavors that students experience through my passionate teaching. I love what I'm doing!!

Each student learns in different ways. I am flexible and have access to many outside resources to ensure that my students' lessons are effective. My personality is lovely, fun, patience, peaceful, funny, kind, and friendly. From time to time, shy and timid private and group students are now confident and courageous. One very young student came up to me on his second lesson and said, "I really like you, Mr. Eddie!! I always enjoy seeing my student smile and laughing learning how to play music or learning sign language.

***Requirements***
Strong internet is required. The stronger the internet, the smoother and clearer the lessons will be.
A quiet area is required for effective teaching and learning.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, alternative, soft pop, pop-rock, R&B and uniquely gifted signing songs in American Sign Language with dance. But I am flexible in different genres. I enjoy all kinds of styles and genres. But more importantly, I study students' preference of genres to teach them basic fundamentals and go from there to more complicated fundamentals and techniques. I focus on teaching the students thoroughly of 3 elements of music: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythms - whichever is easier and more enjoyable for students to start with. Dynamics also are taught as well to add another important dimension to the music. Students do not have to sign songs if they just want to focus on communicating in sign language. Not a problem.

To achieve in understanding and performing or signing with all these elements, I highly implement them through visual, reading, writing, listening, and playing or signing. Lessons are hands on, active, thorough, and with common-sense examples and clarifications. Also, I enjoy teaching through many life examples to 'open their eyes' to the music language. I make sure that all their 'whys' are answered in a timely manner.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to meet you!!
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Sundeep P. June 5, 2018
· Piano · Online
Wonderful teaching. Mr.Eduardo is a very great piano instructor for my son. Thank you very much, Mr.Eduardo.
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Viji P. June 3, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Dustin May 15, 2018
· American Sign Language · Online
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About Sandra H.

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Glen Allen, VA

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"Experienced Piano teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical and popular piano skills. I specialize in rock, spiritual, patriotic and standard music and typically use the Alfred series books for all ages. I teach music theory, ear training, dynamics, technic as well as sight reading. I also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, sheet music, keyboard charts and more. Let a caring teacher bring the love of music into your life. Let your talent shine.

About Sandra
I studied under Mr. Willis Ley at Ley Studio for eighteen years. She was an accompanist for the Heritage School of Dance for twelve years and also played for the School for the Richmond Ballet for One Year. Sandra was trained in contemporary, patriotic and classical music as well as music theory. She has taught children and adults piano both in their homes as well as in her home. She is an accomplished pianist who will give the student a rewarding and fulfilling experience in mastering the keyboard to their fullest potential and play any song for there own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I would work with the student on learning there favorite song. This would be a goal to set for the student for the first three months. They would be taught to do the scale with their right hand. The
y would learn there sharps and flats and the difference between the two key signatures. They would also learn during the first six months some of the basic terms in music theory. I would set goals, but never overwhelm the student, but work with them according to how much they could take in. They would have weekly assignments. If an assignment is not mastered during that time, then we would review it and carry it to the next week. When one assignment is mastered, then the student would work on the next. This would be a step by step processed. My goal for the student the first six months is to get that child or adult to be able to play their chords in their left hand, octaves and fillings in their right hand and know how to work the pedals. They would understand and know the key signatures and what timing they are playing in. The student would also know some of the basic music terms. Please keep in mind that this depends on how much information that the student can process. With some it could take a little bit longer. With others it would take less time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
f/w keyboard ("It's heavy, it was metal inside it!") w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect payment on any music material that I purchase at the Music Store.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Classical, Patriotic, Standard and Spiritual and also children's music for beginners. I do a wide range of music from the fifties up to today.
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Jayden J. May 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
She is very engaging , my 6 year old son enjoyed his first lesson!
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Dodd C. April 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
So far so good. Sandra seems to have the patience I need as a beginner. Thank you Sandra.
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charles February 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She is very patient. I am excited to continue learning from her.
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About Agnes
-Current Adjunct Faculty at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Campus
-Current Adjunct Piano Faculty at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
-Former Piano Faculty at Levine School of Music, Washington DC
-Former Music Theory and Piano Faculty at New School University, Mannes Pre-College Div, NYC
-Member of MTNA, VMTA
-served as an adjudicator for national piano guild audition (2007-Present)

*** Lesson Details ***
-Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level

-Choose well-balanced repertoire for classical players (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century pieces)
-Prepare students to participate for national guild audition and all the events by MTNA (depends on students' interest)

Style: From Classical to Broadway to Jazz to Hymns!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grandpiano

*** Specialties ***
-Specialized in teaching
classical piano w/ traditional method.
But I've been also adding rearranged jazz, Hymns and popular pieces (depends on students' interest) as part of my students' repertoire.
-include music theory, ear training and sight reading as part of piano lesson
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Jared July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Agnes is wonderful! I look forward to many more lessons with her!
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Trey S. January 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Trey was ecstatic about his music teacher and the fact that he is going to learn how to make music come out of the piano.
He is looking forward to his next lesson.
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Melvin April 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ms Han was very personable any easy to work with. She explains the lesson concepts very well.
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About Ayodele O.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Play piano by ear!

Learn how to compose music without relying on sheet music

My goal is to give you the musical foundation that will allow you to build on for years to come.

Once you develop an awareness of where music naturally wants to progress it will allow you to be more creative if you want to compose, collaborate, or just play for recreation.

Sitting down in front of a piano and playing by ear is one of the most rewarding experiences and I look forward to teaching you!

About Ayodele
Looking forward to working with you, and teaching you how to play piano by ear!
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Jas April 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
This is our first time using takelessons and we are very pleased, so far. The instructor, Ayodele, was patient, knowledgeable and respectful! He shared tips and resources. We look forward to our session.
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Katy April 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
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Anthony February 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher
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- naming notes on the keyboard
- basic finger coordination with both hands
- determining specific musical goals
- reading standard music notation
- repertoire
- understanding harmony beginning with triads (3 note chords)
- Seventh chords
- extended harmony

About Lucian
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
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Salvatore D. April 5, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.
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Nathaniel S. March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.
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Ronald Libby March 5, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

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I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Jay C. May 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested.
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Caroline D. April 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
John is an amazing teacher. His ability to comprehensively synthesize complex ideas and explain them in easy-to-understand terms makes learning guitar approachable and fun.
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Maxton January 14, 2018
· Drum · Online
John was patient, very helpful, and met my son where he was in his journey. Already after the firs lesson, he was well improved and excited for the next lesson.
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My degree is in Music Education from Bob Jones University. I've been teaching private piano lessons for over 15 years.

Before this I home educated both of my two children until they were 14. Both went to college at age 14 and were honor students.

With these years of experience, I'm incredibly skilled at teaching children to be the best they can possibly be no matter their level of talent or ability.

I teach children from around age 4 until 100!

Lisa

About Lisa
For my beginner adult students I can have you playing your favorite song (with both hands) in just a matter of weeks. Yes, I'm a very patient teacher. This seems to be a concern for adult students! :) I love that you're wanting to learn to play!

As for my beginner little kids I use the FJH company curriculum so that they will become well rounded pianist.

Also, I'm able to teach anyone that has a natural ear for playing.

I homeducreated my kids for 16 years so from that experience I'm able to bring a very customized learning atmosphere to each student and their natural learning abilities.

Online lessons are available but I do not travel to homes unless you are elderly and cannot drive.

Please, contact me for specific scheduling.

Lisa
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Alan April 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Considering I had zero experience with playing the piano and had a goal to learn some basics for fun, Lisa quickly designed a plan to help me. She made it easy and fun and is very personable and friendly.
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Amy May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
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Sierra May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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I am a professional musician and certified music teacher with over 14 years teaching and over 23 years of performance experience. I hold a bachelors in music with a concentration of education/tuba from Montclair State University.

I have taught instrumental/general classroom music to students from K-12 with a wide range of learning styles. Likewise, I have taught private students for 20 years ranging in age from 5 years to 80 years in woodwind brass and percussion instruments.

My students can expect to be challenged each week on the fundamentals of the instrument while learning how to think critically about all aspects of their instrument. I believe in teaching students to have fun learning as well as enjoy building their confidence in playing.
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Fort Lee, VA 23801
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With over 15 years of teaching experience with amateurs, music students and professionals of all ages, levels and instruments; I aim to combine my creative career of performing, composing and recording to guide you in your unique gifts and goals.

I’d love to work with you to help you become the best musician you can be in terms of depth, creativity and originality by gaining both technique and a strong sense of harmony, melody and rhythm.

I'm trying to provide a highly interactive approach considering the student's needs and goals instead of a rigid methodical practice. Although my expertise is Jazz piano/Theory/Composition, I try to cover almost every genre as much as possible from Classical to Pop and other contemporary styles to expand your aural awareness.

About Burak
I am a recording and performing artist as well as a critically acclaimed composer contracted with the prestigious SteepleChase Records. I have three albums released so far under my own leadership and I am also a voting member of the Recording Academy.

Although my main expertise is Jazz Piano, Music Theory and Improvisation, I have a professional experience of nearly 20 years on both playing and teaching almost every genre from Classical to Jazz including more contemporary styles such as Pop, Rock and R&B.

Holding a BA in Music Performance from Istanbul Bilgi University, I teach piano, music theory, composition and ear training in addition to ensemble classes in three languages including; English, French and Turkish.

I am passionate about teaching as much as I enjoy performing and composing. Being a very meticulous person in my wo
rk, I see teaching as one of my essential tools of personal growth and self realization.

All levels of beginners, amateurs and professionals are welcome to study with me. I'm trying to provide a highly interactive approach considering each individual's needs and goals instead of a rigid methodical practice leaving a lot of room to creativity and self expression.

My curriculum focus on a wide range of topics including; Piano Technique, Music Theory, Jazz Harmony, Improvisation, Composition and Repertoire.

I also prepare students for auditions to all major music schools around the globe since more than a decade.

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me anytime.
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Zeynep April 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I loved learning jazz piano from Burak Bedikyan. He was an instrumental instructor in showing me the musical theories behind playing piano rather than just notes. Learning that the piano could be this freely played, made me appreciate the music and the art much more!
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Daffney March 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He is very patient and helps the student achieve his/her goals in a very short time
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One of the most important things for me will be garnering the students interest in Piano. I will not make a student play step by step, level by level piano books with cheesy melodies. This is the reason I lost interest in the piano and quit in 7th grade and didn't pick it up again till I was 18. The most important thing when teaching a student is fostering their interest. If the student is completely disinterested he will not pay attention and will not practice. And if the student does not pay attention and practice, he/she will not learn much. Figuring out what type of music my student likes to play and listen to will be my first task. After that it is simply a matter of teaching student pieces of increasing difficulty level. I have a thorough understanding of music theory and composition and if the student is interested I will teach that as well.

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Hello my name is Richard Schroff and I am new to teaching piano (at least officially, for money). With me the emphasis will be on making things fun and enjoyable. Doing what you want to do, playing what you want to play and not forcing anything on you that you really don't like. A lot of teachers don't seem to realize that the most important thing you can to do to teach your student is to make things interesting. If the interest isn't there then the student won't pay attention, won't want to practice and won't learn much. My first task will be identifying what types of music you like to listen to and play. Once we identify this you can start learning the piano by focusing on the types of music you enjoy playing. I will also teach you music theory and composition if you are interested, as I have a thorough understanding of both. As for my
piano/music background I started playing piano when I was very young, about 8 or so and continued playing until 7th grade when I quit for a while. I quit playing because of the way I was taught by using level by level books with cheesy melodies that I was uninterested in. I started playing the piano again when I was 18 and was inspired by a Beethoven song. I quickly became obsessed with the piano finding out that I clearly have a natural talent for the piano that I never knew I had before. I soon became very skilled and a rather advanced pianist and would play composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. At the level of skill I am at now I can easily play any Mozart or Beethoven sonata right away and can play virtually any piece at least at a reasonable speed. I have taken several Music Theory classes in college but have studied it more completely on my own and have composed a small amount of piano pieces. I feel I am good enough to teach some fairly advanced students, but because I am new to teaching the piano I would prefer you to be a beginner or intermediate level student. Thank You.
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Richard S.

Richard S.

Carrollton, VA 23314
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