I am currently Director of Instrumental Music at the prestigious Marlborough School. I am also a private piano teacher, and have been teaching for over twenty years. I teach classical piano, and from the very first lesson, you will be taught to read music, and learn proper hand position and correct fingerings. I am often hired as an accompanist and have a CD of Classical Repertoire that has been featured in film and TV.
I'm very passionate about music and the piano, and I teach children and adults. My young students often continue to study with me until they leave for college. My adult students include people who are retired and also those who are still employed. I absolutely love working with my students, and they can sense my enthusiasm for music. The lessons are never dull. I challenge my students without putting extra pressure on them. The study of music enhances all aspects of life.
For over 7 years, my children, ages 10 and 12 years, have taken private piano lessons with Mrs. Sealove. She provides traditional piano instruction, as well as theory, encouraging sight reading and technique . Patient, kind, and supportive, she is exceptionally experienced with young children motivating them to progress. She inspires respect, confidence and a love of piano in her students. They look forward to their lessons with her!
I decided to take piano lessons in my senior citizen years after not having played since I was a child. Deborah's patience and encouragement during weekly lessons have given me great confidence. She guides me through each piece carefully focusing on techniques to help me improve. I also think her selection of music books and practice exercises are appropriate for my abilty. And , she gently challenges me with more difficult pieces as I become more comfortable and capable. I would highly recommend Deborah to anyone regardless of age who wants to learn how to play the piano .
I retired a few years ago, and one of my bucket list wishes was to learn to play piano well. I purchased the best digital piano I could afford and sought a uniquely talented and compassionate teacher to guide me through the physical and emotional challenges of a "mature" student. I struck it rich when I was referred to Deborah Sealove! Her patience is boundless, her enthusiasm is infectious, her music skill is inspiring and her humor gets me taking on pieces that were unimaginable. I feel like I'm actually making music, thanks to Deborah! I cannot more strongly recommend her to students of any age.
I use the Faber and Faber books for new students without any prior training. Transfer students are asked to bring the books that were used with their prior teacher to the first lesson. If transfer students have completed repertoire, I ask them to prepare a piece or two for the first lesson. I can then assess their level and choose appropriate repertoire. I also use Dozen a Day and Hanon as first technique books.
I have a degree in piano and music education from the University of Connecticut. I have also done graduate work in Musicology at Boston University. I have done a great deal of accompanying in Los Angeles. As a Music Director at the Marlborough School, I perform regularly. I am a member of the professional organization MTNA, and regularly attend their conferences as part of my continuing professional development.
I offer 30 and 45 minute lessons. I rarely raise my rates.
My first piano teaching began in college. As a piano major, I was asked to teach beginning piano to students who played other instruments. After moving to LA, I started teaching piano privately and was offered a job as a Music teacher at the Marlborough School.
I have worked successfully with students as young as five years old. Most of my students are children, but now my piano studio includes several adults. I have worked with beginners, as well as advanced students.
I recently complimented an eleven year old piano student on his progress. He had been coming to lessons more prepared and it was obvious that he had increased his practice throughout the week. We talked about the study of an instrument being a slow and steady process, and he said: "it is slow, but so worth it". That made my day!
Students should ask teachers about their training. They should be suspicious of teachers who claim they can teach three or four instruments. To receive proper training, you should look for a teacher who will teach reading skills, with an emphasis on proper hand position. A teacher should be able to teach a student to eventually be able to learn music on their own.
Students should tell a teacher what they would like to accomplish by studying piano. Are they over-extended with too many other activities, or will they have time to practice between lessons? Students are often very busy with academics and sports, so I try to assign the appropriate amount of material to provide a challenging and fulfilling musical experience.