Hello! Thanks for visiting my profile. I encourage you take your time to read all details prior to contacting me. Mill City Music Studio is located at Appleton Mills on Jackson Street in Lowell, a hop-skip-jump to downtown and directly across the street from Lowell's highly praised Mill No. 5.
I am in a spacious and comfortable live-work loft, an open-plan space, where parents can observe their kids' lessons from a comfortable distance. The studio features two well-maintained and regularly tuned upright pianos, and is in the process of renovating a beautiful Mason & Hamlin grand piano. A digital piano in the waiting area allows warm-up time with headphones while a sibling takes a lesson.
I have been teaching music in many capacities since 2003. This includes private piano lessons as well as college class piano, music theory, and musicianship. Music degrees include a bachelor from the Berklee College of Music, a master from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a PhD from University of Oregon.
I specialize in beginning to intermediate levels and my background is primarily classical. The method and approach we use will depend on the student's music experience and age.
I also offer the option of lessons geared toward the Royal Conservatory of Music certificate program, whether or not a student takes the exams. RCM is a recognized standard of musical achievement through a sequenced system of study and individual student assessments, which occur in exam centers in Franklin or Hingham, MA.
I offer two or three recitals per year. These are held at the Studio and sometimes at locations such as local nursing homes.
Also available is music theory and ear-training tutoring for students who are preparing for college exams of any type.
Music books are not included in tuition. Students purchase them either from me, online, or from a music store such as University Music in Lowell.
Students should have a decent practice piano at their home. While an acoustic instrument is preferred, an electric keyboard is fine, but only one with fully-weighted, touch-sensitive keys and a pedal. The weighted keys are crucial for developing strength in the fingers.
Comprehension and creation of music is extremely rewarding. It is also a commitment involving some amount of discipline, where regular, focused practice is required for progress to occur. Potential students should consider how they will make the time to commit to their music. I enjoy hearing students make progress in leaps and bounds because of their enthusiasm and commitment. I am thrilled with parents who involve themselves in their children's progress, and parental involvement is especially crucial with the youngest students. I also really enjoy noticing how young students express their own joy over performing a particular piece of music. This manifests itself in various ways, from body language and facial expression when they play, to verbal declarations such as "I LOVE this song!" One of the most telling things is when a student continues to play the piece even after we've moved on, during the little breaks when I write in their assignment books.
I love working with students who find joy in expressing themselves through music. I love showing students how the piano can be an expressive instrument and how good pianos can respond like a living animal.
Working with adults at all levels is a challenge I've found very rewarding over the last year. The majority of my students are kids 6-15, but adults come with their own set of desires and incentives.
Aaron has a lot of patience and works with each student based on their weaknesses and strength. He will not give up on you. Both my kids have had the privilege of being his students and enjoyed every minute of their lessons.
Aaron is a very good teacher and helps my daughter to learn advanced level lesson. He has very good knowledge in music
Great instructors! He is very patient with our daughter and understanding. He keeps the place beautifully clean and organized while feeling homey as well,
Dr. Rosenberg is an excellent teacher! He is friendly but firm and encouraging but realistic. Highly recommend
I get a sense of the student's enthusiasm and outlook from our free first meeting - an assessment. We talk about the student's experience at this assessment. The questions I ask cover:
• Past music experience (not just piano).
• What the student wants to achieve.
• Being sure the student understands that practice is involved and getting a sense of their feelings about setting a routine.
• Being sure the student has a decent instrument on which to practice with weighted keys and a pedal.
• If having taken lessons previously, what literature was used, how the student fared with that literature, and whether the student would like to keep it or change.
I have thirteen years as a college student studying music, culminating in a music PhD. Piano study has been an integral part of my music education. I have been on faculty at two colleges, one since 2010, the other since 2014, where I teach class keyboard, musicianship, and music theory.
Professional development is important to me. In 2011 I attended a ten-day teacher training intensive in Dublin, New Hampshire. The same summer, I traveled to Germany twice, once for a performance of my piano quintet "Crowd Scene" and another for my piano trio, "Ascent."
In the winter of 2014, I spent ten weeks at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada beginning work on my piano trio, "Ascent," which is almost complete. There, I had the opportunity to perform and work with a large number of musicians in a wide variety of contexts, including music theory instructor. In summer of 2016, I was involved with the Florida International Toy Piano Festival as a composer-performer.
I am currently composing a nice batch of songs with piano accompaniment with a lyricist friend.