I am a classically trained musician and composer. I often go by the stage name of Dizzy O'Brian. I compose pop-classical fusion music and I have played in countless groups from orchestras to pop groups.
Brian is a very experience music teacher, and he has very solid music background. Both my kids are learning to play piano with Brian, and they really enjoy the lessons very much.
Usually the first lesson is free, so we can both determine if the lessons will be a good fit. I will want to know what the students goals for his lessons are so I can be sure of providing the very best service. I also like to determine the student's level so i can tailor the lessons to what they need to get on as quickly as possible.
I studied music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. I then played professionally in many different groups. I have taught music in studio for decades and served as a string judge in the Certificate of Merit for the Music Teacher's Association several years running.
Lessons are billed per month, at the beginning of the month. For a one hour per week lesson, the price is $240.00 per month. This is based on an average price which means, in the months that have five weeks, you get a free lesson. The price for a 45 minutelesson is $180.00 per month.
I originally began teaching in a couple of different music schools in the area but decided to get my own students, which has worked out much better.
All types of students from those who wanted to persue a career in music to those who wanted to be able to play and enjoy music. I have taught all ages. It doesn't really matter to me if a student is going to become a professional musician or just have music for enjoyment since the basics are the same and the goal is to be able to play well.
I recently played with a group of friends at the Roxy in Hollywood.
Ask the teacher about the methods he uses to teach music. The best teachers teach the basics and know them well. Stay clear of short-cut 'methods,' as these invariably lead to frustration.
Anyone who studies anything should have a goal in mind. It doesn't have to be really grand but it could be. On the other hand, it could be as simple as being able to play your favorite music easily and well. Having a goal keeps you from drifting around in the subject without making any progress. Tell your prospective teacher exactly what your goal is and find out if they can help you to get there.