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Heather W.

Abingdon, MD

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I've been teaching piano for over 13 years. I use Alfred's Premier Piano Courses levels 1 - 6 for children. For adults I use Alfred's Lesson Book 1 - 3. My teaching goals for all my students are to enable them to read and make music so that they could experience the joy of journeying in the realm of musical sounds.
My philosophy in teaching piano is very much like learning to drive a car. Once a person learns the mechanism of driving so many possibilities open for the person to enjoy trips to many places that bring pleasures that destiny could offer. In some ways, playing the piano is very much like learning to drive a car. Once the mechanism of making music is mastered, the possibilities of making journeys of musical sound is endless.

About Heather

Hi, I'm Heather. I’m from a small town in Harford County, MD, called Abingdon. It’s really close to Baltimore, MD which is about 15 minutes away from Abingdon. I live with my husband and two bunnies. I’m an R.N. with a bachelors degree in Nursing and 16 years of training in music by masters of Curtis Institute, Julliard, and Peabody Conservatory. I have been teaching piano for over 12 years. In 2001, I had a diversion of career from nursing and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of teaching piano and I started giving piano lessons. I love playing my Masan & Hamlin grand piano
for personal pleasure, and I spend a lot of time practicing for different occasions. I h’ve played in over twenty piano recitals, and for numerous other occasions such as in Weddings , Funerals and in Choir accompaniments.
On a different note, did you know that children who study a musical instrument learn responsibility and discipline, they gain pride in their accomplishments which in turn makes them confident, they learn to think in a logical manner, and they will perform better in school. These are just a few of the benefits children could gain through music lessons

My Specialties: My passion is classical music, however, I realize that the students'€™ interests are diverse, so, I teach pieces they request which include easy fun Pop Music, Hymns, Boogie, Rock, Country and other contemporary pieces.
My Education: At an early age, I took a great interest in music, so my older sister who is four years older than I taught me what she learned in her piano lessons. She also taught me music theory. At the age of 12-14 my parents sent me to private piano lessons. My piano teacher at that time eventually told me that I needed to find a new teacher because she had taught me all she knew. After that, I approached a well known Julliard Master in town. He took me on as a student after he heard me play the Beethoven'€™s Pathetique Sonata in C minor. I learned through Arthur Fiddler'€™s comment made in the newspaper that Mr. Chang, my teacher, in his opinion was the best piano teacher in Hawaii. Under Mr. Chang’s tutelage, I was exposed to a variety of classical pieces written by famous composers of the 15th to 18th centuries. At the age of 14, I made my first piano recital debut. My piano teacher was impressed with my talent and expressed his wish for me to pursue music and enter into Julliard. But, my parents being immigrants from Korea, did not think it was a good choice of career. So, I went into nursing instead, much to the consternation of my piano teacher. In 2001, I made a career change and found my passion for music revived again. I started teaching piano as well as taking Music Theory courses at a community college and taking lessons from a Julliard- Peabody master as well lessons from a Curtis Institute master. I continue taking piano lesson even now while I give piano lessons to beginner and intermediate students.
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*** Lesson Details ***
In my piano studio, besides just learning to actually play the piano, students will engage in flashcard drills, writing work, and other activities to strengthen their overall knowledge of music. This will prepare them well for continued study in piano, for playing other instruments or singing, and for enjoying music in general. As an incentive to practice, our studio awards each week piano dollars for the time each student practices during the week. At the end of the year, we have an auction that the children could participate in using their piano dollars to purchase items.

In first the lesson the concepts stressed include:
1. Hand position and posture at the piano.
2. Right hand , left hand, and how the fingers are numbered.
3. Direction on the keyboard
4. The pattern of keys on the key board

In the first year of piano study, the concepts covered are:
1. Theory: identify steps, skips, and repeats; write and recognize 2nd -5ths intervals; sharp and flat signs; identify key signatures
2. Rhythms: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and dotted notes.
3. Technique: correct hand position; curved fingers, down –up wrist for phrasing, legato/staccato touch, penta scales; major chords and voicing (balance of hands) 5-finger melodies; single line melodies divided between hands; note-against-note playing, some melody/chord playing.
4. Repertoire: A Dozen A Day by Edna-Mae Burmae Books; Five-finger melodies by Faber Faber; Famous & Fun Pop Books by Carol Matz ; Boogie, Rock & Country Level 1 by James Bastien; Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level One for adult beginners.

In addition to lessons each student is required to participate in an annual piano recital to give them experience and confidence in performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: grand piano, couches and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
To teach the skills in playing the piano, the classical genre is preferred in the repertoire.
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Charles June 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
learning different technique's, which is the key. Heather is very patient, and makes the experience fun. Looking forward to future lessons, and increasing my skills.
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Salem May 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Heather made me very comfortable. She was well organized and prepared with lots of materials to match any level of skill
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Eli D. April 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Heather is great with my 5 yr old grandson!
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Heather W.

Heather W.

Abingdon, MD 21009
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Grace L.

Baltimore, MD

Experienced piano teacher of 10 years 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 piano skills. I specialize in classical piano and love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I wan't wait to meet you!

About Grace

Pianist Grace L. holds a Masters degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Began playing piano at the age of four, Grace has been maintaining a piano studio with students of all ages and levels of ability for the past several years. Currently, Grace is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
During the first lesson, I will discuss with the student about their personal goal. I would like to see what the students have been working on and I will suggest materials that will help the students to develop
their musicianship.
My lessons are usually pretty laid back. However, I do expect student to come with some preparation.
I believe that strong foundation is very important for young children. Ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and technique will all be covered in our sessions. Every session students will be assigned pieces to work on throughout the week. Students are also encouraged to bring pieces that they would love to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
grand piano in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical piano.
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Grace W. August 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Grace is the best. Little Grace loves her. She looks forward to her lessons and she is only 4 years old. Thank you. Ms. Grace
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Tycho August 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was great. Very professional and very good with children
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Manuel H. September 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Grace is a fabulous teacher. She is very patient and very helpful. It was a pleasure having her for a teacher.
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Grace L.

Grace L.

Baltimore, MD 21201
(12)
starting at
$48 / 30-min
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Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD

I can teach you to play piano in a mindful, body-conscious way (which I find more relaxing and fulfilling). My specialties include any/all of the following: beginner/intermediate piano (any style, including classical and pop/jazz), teaching music reading/theory, learning to playing by ear/with chords, accompanying oneself while singing, learning to arrange/write music and working with individual/special needs.

Though I am not a concert pianist/accompanist by trade, I have 12 years of piano teaching experience, and have worked steadily as a singer-songwriter and in pop, rock and variety bands (as a keyboard player).

About Jennifer

I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedd
ing bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush estate).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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Annette F. May 8, 2016
Astrology · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is great at explaining the chart and how it pertains to me. I am lookong to learning more.
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Ruth L. April 18, 2016
Astrology · Online
Verified Student
Awesome instructor. Incredibly knowledgeable and very engaging. Has been a pleasure to have her as my astrology instructor!!!
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Gwendolyn B. January 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Really pleasant.
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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Maia T.

Baltimore, MD

I teach all genres of music piano. Whether you would like to learn classical hip hop R&B country or any genre of music I'm the teacher for you. I teach how to read music as well with sight reading basics. I assess the students in an initial lessons and teach towards the students learning style; there is never any pressure to learn a certain way everyone has their own way of learning. What do you want to learn? let me know we can write out music / sight reading chords Theory or just learn a song.

About Maia

I started learning music when I was 4 years old, and by the time I was 16 I already had a solid client base of students doing well and succeeding. I teach violin, piano, harp, voice and viola. I've been teaching over 20 years and have a degree in music studies.
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Kasinda July 4, 2016
Piano · In home
My schedule is really crazy and she was able to work with me so I didn't have to miss any lessons. She is also very patient and gave me some good pointers on what to practice between lessons
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Dwayne R. June 29, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter absolutely enjoyed her time with Maia and is looking forward to more sessions.
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Shannel B. March 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to more lessons .
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Maia T.

Baltimore, MD 21214
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Chanel N.

Baltimore, MD

Experienced Piano Teacher of over 9 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students enjoy learning what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of theory and performance skills.

About Chanel

Hello there! I'm Chanel Narcissus and thank you for your interest in my studio. I have been teaching private lessons and recording music since 2007 and am able to teach lessons at your home, online or at Studio Nar, LLC located in the Towson area.

My education career has afforded me the opportunity to be a graduate of Sheffield Institute of Recording Arts with a concentration in Audio Engineering. I also attended Morgan State University, where I was a double major in the concentrations of Vocal Performance and Classical Piano. Here, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree.

Throughout my
career, I have gained in depth knowledge and experience in teaching voice, piano and theory, audition preparation, audio engineering, production and song-writing and I look forward to sharing it with you.
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Gregory May 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, patient and supportive in answering all my questions.
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Keris Albert May 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I've only had my first lesson with her and we connected on the first day! She is so very pleasant and definitely knows what she's doing. I'm so excited and can't wait to see where she takes me!
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Kaitlyn April 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chanel was very kind and respectful! My daughter was so excited to have her first piano lesson and already can't wait until the next one!
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Chanel N.

Chanel N.

Baltimore, MD 21239
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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