My lessons are personalized to what the student wants to learn. While I do use classical music as a starting point, my goal is to give the student the ability to achieve whatever musical goal they have in mind. Whether playing keys for a rock band, or becoming a composer I can give them those building blocks. As someone who is still younger than most teachers I am able to identify more with my students and help them grow to become passionate about piano and music.
I love helping people discover the joy and healing power of playing music that a found. Piano gave me an outlet to express my emotions and write music that I was only able to hear in my dreams. Seeing the excitment on my students faces as they learn a new piece or figure out a difficult passage is one of my favorite moments.
While he may be a college student, he takes piano and his teaching incredibly seriously. He has always been so patient with me and his teaching methods really help me get an understanding of what I am doing and where to go from there. I would always recommend studying with him!
I first learn what their goal for piano is. Then I craft a lesson plan based on what they want to learn, with a mix of theory and listening to that type of music. I am also a strong advocate for learning how to play by ear as well as by reading music, so if they are beginners I also work that into the plan. Then I work with the studnet at their own pace, occasionally nudging them to try something that is a little too difficut for them so that once they are up to that level to play a piece they will have already seen it before.
I have been playing piano for 16 years, recieving Certificate of Merits at a young age. I am knowledgable of many styles of piano playing but mainly classical and jazz. Most of my training has been perfomance based either as a soloist, or in ensembles as a pianist. I have participated in various international competitions and festivals throughout my career with more ahead and have received scholarships based on merit.
My standard pricing is $30 per half hour and $50 per hour. It is a preference that money for all the months lessons is paid either at the first few days of the month via online transfer, or via check/cash at the first lesson of the month. Also the first lesson for any new student is free so that they can decide with their parents whether I am a good option for them.
As I got back into piano at a higher level I began thinking that maybe I should start teaching. Piano, and music in general, became a very important aspect of my life and I wanted to help others find that same feeling towards music as me. I believe music is an intergral part of being human and learning to play it is the highest form of respect for the art. My desire for teaching finally kicked off when my new teacher was surprised that I wasn't already teaching, so I found a few students and thats where it started.
I have worked with young students from hyper 5 year olds to high school students who are almost too busy to practice. While I've only worked with beginning students, I wish to work with student who already have an understanding of piano so I can get more experience in that. Now I've expanded to teaching any age, with my oldest being in their 70s
Don't always focus on the skill level or price range of a teacher. When finding a teacher it is most important that you and the teacher are able to work well together. Some students like strict teachers, others prefer those who are more flexible with their teaching style. The teacher's experience doesn't always mean they will be a good or bad teacher, and the price never guarantees the quality of instruction.