Fred Song's Piano Lessons

Fred Song's Piano Lessons

2 hires on
1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

I'm one of the best collegiate pianists in Birmingham, as well as a composer with a unique vision. I've been teaching since 2011, worked with kids of all age groups and developed an adaptive, creativity-centered approach.

Music is a transcendant understanding. The moments when my students' faces lit up in serendipity because they trully connected with the music through our conversations and interactions are part of the very meaning of life for me. Indeed, those consist a big part of what I consider to be true "life", as opposed to my mere physical existence.

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Birmingham, AL 35205
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I firmly believe in leading the the students to desire music for themselves, so first I first establish a personal relationship with the student. I then adopt a customized and adaptive course for the lessons, all depending on the student's personality, interest, level of desire and level of ability.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm studying with the world-renown Dr. Yakov Kasman at UAB, on a scholarship. I've performed Brahms's 3rd piano sonata and Lizt's Transcendental Etude "Harmonies du Soir" for a thorougly impressed crowd this past year, my first at UAB.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

The lessons are timed in 15 min increments, starting from a minimum duration of 30 minutes, ie 30-min, 45-min, 60-min... lessons. Every 15 minutes are valued at $10, so $20 for 30 minutes, $30 for 45 minutes, etc.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with kids from 6 to 17, as well as adult students.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher who shows you the fun. Music is unbelievably fun, and that includes lessons and practicing.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

You are about to learn something you've never done before. It will feel strange, and that strangeness is part of the wonder. But wonder is only revealed to the curious, so if you aren't curious, you wouldn't see how faithful to the artistry my approach really is. So what I challenge you to think through is: are you ready to receive music like a wonderland you've never been before, or would you rather stick to the mediocre parroting so abundantly available in our education today? If the former, you would do well to go with me.