My favorite thing about what I do is sharing the joy of music with others, and watching people of all ages and from all walks of life grow musically. I love watching students absorb, embrace, and implement new musical concepts!
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Upon beginning lessons with a new student, I typically spend 2-4 weeks focusing on basic theory, technic, and improvisation before deciding what materials to place the student in; or deciding on a trajectory.
The first several lessons with a beginner student are centered around familiarty with musical terms and signs, familiarity with keybaord geography, listening exercises, creativity, gaining command over proper use of the hands, and rythm activities.
The first several lessons with a student who has experience are focused around revieiwing and exploring past repertiore, reviewing theory and scales, exploring improvisation, and exploring their technical development. During this time the student and I decide what direction they would like to go in, and what sorts of things they would like to work on.
I have been studying the piano for 19 years, and have taken under under several notable teachers and mentors. I am a working professional musician, and use my skills as a performing pianist in multiple capacities several times per month. I am classically trained, however, I have geared my focus towards Jazz and R&B in the last few years, and I am the pianist for several local Jazz and R&B bands.
I charge $20 for a 20 minute preschool lesson, $25 for a standard 30 minute lesson, and $45 for an hour lesson. Lessons are weekly.
I began teaching after my jazz mentor urged me to. He thought that I would make an excellent teacher, and I'm glad he did, because I fell in love!
I have worked with many types of students. I have a thriving studio of over 40 students. My youngest is 3, and my oldest is 68. I have a bit of successful experience working with autistic and ADHD students as well.
Look for a teacher who is an active performer. Performance keeps a teacher fresh, constantly challenged, and hip to changing styles and local prefereces. Also be sure that a teacher is able to implement creativity and personalization into their lessons. Select a teacher that teaches to the student, rather than who attempts to mold their student to the materials.
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