I am patient--up to a point--and like to laugh. I am not a tyrannical teacher. Individual work for each student. Benefits of long experience to cut through problems.
The people, and the progress they make. It's really exciting to hear a piece come together after a lot of work!
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First, I get to know the student and his/her goals and current level. I like them to play something that is easy for them so I get a good picture of their expertise. I wil then assign lesson books, technique books and/or classical pieces to learn and will go over them with the student. I like to start with music that will be accessible to the student, going on to more challenging pieces as we go. I always tell them they can ask me any question they want, even complain about the music or their work week.
Piano study through grad school, Organ study 10 years. B.A. in Music, M.A. in Music Education, Work in churches and temples, and as an accompanist and music director for musical theatre and opera, Many years. Students since 1967.
1/2 hour $28.00
3/4 hour $41.00
1 hour $56.00
A neighbor demanded that I give her children lessons. I thought I would hate it, but I learned that working with students is rewarding and happy experience. I have never ceased teaching since then, and I teach to a high level of expertise.
All types, all ages, all ethnicities. Oldest student was over 90; youngest, age 6. I don't start children until age 6.
Readers, non-readers, popular fans, classical geniuses. Many adults. Students typically stay with me for many years.
I want to go to hear the Phoenix Chorale sing the Ellington Church Service. Excellent musicianship, excellent sound.
Don't expect to fool around and don't expect that I won't know it if you haven't practiced. Be prepared to go as far as you can, and it will not be all easy. Even the highly talented get to do the scut work of learning new pieces.
Plan to have an 88 key piano and a place and time to practice. Bring questions.
1. Am I willing to work at this?
2. Do I have an ultimate goal in mind?
3. Am I willing to take advice from the teacher?
4. Am I realistic about practice time and keyboard access?