Whether your child is still learning shapes or you are living your Golden Years, it's never a bad time to start learning how to play the piano. My name is Gene Watson, and I have been teaching piano for over 40 years. With my customizable approach, I’ve seen my Atlanta-area students’ self-esteem and skill-set consistently rise.
I love what I do, and my passion lies in helping others realize their full potential. Since starting as a private teacher in 1970, many of my students have gone on to have successful careers in music. Even those who didn't still developed a life-long passion and love for the piano. I’m a patient, adaptable, and professional piano instructor, ready to help you reach your goals.
Very knowledgeable, dedicated and sincere teacher. My daughter has been learning for nearly 2 years and we are very happy.
Mr Gene is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient, knowledgeable and effective. His love for music is apparent in the way he teaches. I have never met another teacher like him. Would highly recommend him!
Gene Watson is a a wonderful piano instructor. Not only does he have extensive knowledge of music, but Gene is also very caring to each student.
Very good teacher who works well with kids by being fun and patient.
When I work with a new student, I first assess their skill. I will ask them how long they've been playing, what playing level they think they play at, and other opening questions. I also ask their goals for taking lessons.
Then, we go through a few exercises to determine what the student is good at, and what should be worked on, according to their skill level and goals.
I have been giving private piano lessons since 1970. My own experience with the piano began before I was born. My father was a concert pianist before he enlisted in the Navy in WWII, and he performed occasionally after that in churches on the pipe organ and the piano.
It was this upbringing that led me to study the piano and music academically at Ulster County Community College, Friends University and Tulsa University.
While I was in the Navy, one of my responsibilities was to play the piano for every Chapel session. When I was discharged, I moved to New York and performed as a concert pianist. I would often perform with my lifelong friend Eddie McMurray, and we would give "four-hand" concerts.
Together, we performed in New York, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Illinois. During this time, I would also give private lessons. When my beautiful wife Mari and I had children, I also taught them how to play. Though they have each gone on to pursue other careers, their love and appreciation for music is still prevalent in their lives.
One-hour lessons: $200/month
Half-hour lessons: $100/month (Ideal for beginners)
Piano lessons are typically done at a monthly rate, with one lesson per week. However, we can create a customized plan that fits your needs.
In addition, workshop lessons are an invaluable tool I incorporate into my plans. One to two times a year, I will invite a guest instructor to teach that week. These lessons typically cost an extra $25 for that week only.
I have worked with students of all ages and all levels. On a typical day, I will go from a 4-year-old student who is just learning "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to a student in their Golden Years who hasn't touched a piano in years.
Many of my students are teenagers who are part of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and may need guidance as they perfect some of Chopin's most challenging pieces.
My favorite events are my student's recitals. The best part of learning a new skill is showing it off for friends and family members! Piano on Wheels has at least 3 recitals per year. While performance is not mandatory, I do urge each of my students to participate. Recitals are an invaluable tool for motivation and to be able to demonstrate what they have learned.
When looking for a piano teacher, no matter your skill level, it is vital to find one who has years of experience instructing players of every skill level.
It is also important to hire a teacher who is patient and gives personal attention to every student. While some teachers boast scores of students, they may not have the time to give ample attention to each one.
The most important question to think through is, "Why do I want to learn piano, or continue my piano education?" That will help your teacher provide the best lessons possible.
In addition, you should consider the level of commitment you want to give to piano lessons. While some students have the time and dedication to take weekly lessons, others may only be able to take lessons every couple of weeks.
It is important to find a teacher who can help you reach your goals, no matter your level of commitment.