John D Piano Instruction
Many years of experience and I can show you how to play by notes ( traditional) chords ( contemporary styles and jazz) and ear ..
You learn the fundamentals, but using a much cooler way of presenting...
It's fun.. it's MUSIC !!!
studied with Bay Area greats Don Haas and Smith Dobson and Larry Muhoberac in LA
Everything...I play at night, work in my home studio, and give lessons...best gig in the world...
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I teach by note, chord and ear...there's a lot of ways to get from point A to point B ..use traditional methods, chords, improv...I have students from 6 to 86 !!!
On line lessons (Zoom, Facetime) or in person in my studio in Castro Valley
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Private study with 3 legends...Don Haas and Smith Dobson in the Bay Area and Larry Muhoberac in LA...and have been pro musician since age 17...
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
First lesson is FREE...after that $100 for 4 lessons...
How did you get started teaching?
Started at 16...had a very supportive teacher from when I was a beginner...Ran teaching department at Pianos Plus Yamaha for 10 years, also taught Curtis School of Music, others...
What types of students have you worked with?
Wow...about all kinds...rock stars to 6 year olds...to 80 year olds....
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
NAMM music trade show
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Unless you want to just read notes and play songs that sound like a million other people, I say find a pro player to show you all the little things that make the music yours !!! and way more fun than just playing out of a book...
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Experience, matching up their musical likes with the right teacher...it's matching the personalities...