My name is Tyler Larson. I've been playing the piano and performing for almost 25 years. I've been teaching for 15 years. I'm classically trained. Despite being classically trained, my one-man piano and vocal performances are primarily pop and rock centric (think dueling pianos, but only one guy playing the piano).
My ultimate goal is for my students to embrace their skills on the instrument and claim it as their own as fast as possible. After embracing their craft as their own, they begin to enjoy practicing and strive to share what they are learning by performing songs for others.
My teaching method is structured around reading music, posture, technique, metronome work, identifying chord patterns, putting together melodies and chord structures by ear, writing songs, and performance.
My expectation with my students is that they practice for a solid 30 minutes each day. Our 30-45 minutes together will be broken down into segments of performing assigned pieces, working through new concepts, assigning new work, and many opportunities to ask and answer questions along the way.
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I love watching the process of new musicians making new connections as they grow in their skills. There's a tipping point that happens when a student first realizes they have all of the tools to start learning songs that THEY want to play -and they come to their lessons with their assignments done PLUS an unassigned random project that they chose during the middle of the week.
As someone who personally grew up taking piano lessons, I have experienced some good and bad teachers. When my son showed interest in learning the piano, we started him with Tyler and couldn’t be happier with our experience. On the technical side of the lessons, Tyler’s choice of curriculum builds naturally and gives his students a strong foundation to build upon. Although I feel that curriculum is important, I believe that the environment created within the lesson has even more influence in a student’s positive experience and long-term learning. Tyler’s personable teaching style allowed my son to be challenged while also in an incredible positive and encouraging environment. I would recommend Tyler to any parent looking for a piano teacher for their child, but also to any adult who was wanting to refresh their piano skills or start learning for the first time.
My two boys started piano lessons with Tyler when they were 6 & 7. Now 10 & 13, they continue to thrive in the area of music, with a number of instruments . Our 13 year old now currently plays in our church worship band in a regular rotation, and has been doing so since he was 11. Tyler took time to look at each of our boys’ personalities, and tailored the music selection for learning to each of them. That kept them engaged and interested in growing. Tyler is fun, encouraging, skilled, and kind. I would recommend Tyler as a piano teacher for most any child or adult.
I like to do a consultation with students and parents to answer any questions that either may have. This consultation allows them to get to know me and my personality -and it allows me to get a feel for (when working with children) how parents and children interact. Parental support and guidance are crucial to keeping kids accountable and on track to being successful at learning a new instrument.
I have 15 years of experience with teaching music. I also have a roster of success stories of students who are flourishing in their craft.
$30 / 30 minute session (once per week)
Payment due for the full month at the first lesson of every month.
I love music, I love entertaining, and I have a knack for connecting with people of all ages. The three of those things really make me feel alive. The combination of those things make "The Music" for me. I started teaching because I want to pass "The Music" on to others.
My youngest was four
My oldest was about fifty-five
Look for a teacher that interacts with children like they are adults -and not like kids. Children are capable of learning a LOT in a short amount of time when they feel like a mutual respect is coming from an adult that is interacting with them.
Student (child or not): Are you willing to give 30 minutes/day to this commitment?
Parents: Burnout is the number one reason why most students quit. Are you willing to encourage your child by commiting to 30 minutes/day and not overcommiting them while they are taking piano lessons (ex. playing more than one sport at a time, or attempting to learn other instruments for the first two years of their piano experience)?