Learning Piano Or Voice

Learning Piano Or Voice

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3 years in business

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I have been playing the piano ever since I could reach the keys. I took lessons for a number of years when I was younger and have stuck with it ever since. When I was in middle school I joined a chamber choir and had the opportunity to sing with the choir in Carnegie Hall and many cities in Austria, the Czech Republic, Ireland, England and Whales. I was a member of that choir, called chamber bravura for three years, and recently last year, while studying abroad, I joined a school choir and sang in St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican City. If you decide to take voice lessons with me we will work on singing whatever repertoire you want to sing, but we will also study traditional polyphony and choral music. This is to strengthen your musical ear and allows us to focus on singing with proper technique, which will carry over into other genres. I can teach piano or voice to anyone at any level from beginner to advanced. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you soon!

I love guiding the learning process. I love watching students succeed and helping them manage their struggles. I thorougly enjoy listening to, playing, talking about, composing, studying, and teaching music. Helping others learn how to enjoy it too is a great joy.

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Steubenville, OH 43952
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students will begin learning songs right away to engender a sense of wonder about the instrument or the voice, with only minimal exercises being assigned until after the student has progressed to a certain point. Once the student shows beginner proficiency then sight-reading, scales and technique will be incorporated into practice time. The Suzuki method is my preferred method to teach piano students, but if another method has already been started or if another method would be preferred I'm open to that too. My overall philosophy in a nutshell is to help the student learn to love music.

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

I took piano lessons for a number of years as well as voice lessons beginning in middle school and ending after I graduated from high school.

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

I typically charge $40/hour but I am reasonable and willing to work with you on the price if this seems unfair.

How did you get started teaching?

I want musicians to really love to create music. Music is a beautiful expression of life and a bad teacher can make or break a persons love of music. I had good teachers and I want to pass that on.

What types of students have you worked with?

If you have a pulse I can work with you. I'm pretty easy to get along with.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently I went to St. Peter Bascilica in Vatican City to sing in a mass. 

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

Hire a teacher who will meet you where you are at and be patient with you. Learning is difficult and requires hard work, but being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor can be incredibly rewarding.