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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
My emphasis is on performing. Developing the ear. Having good posture and hand position at the instrument. Rhythm, Harmony and Reading. Above all I want the student to have fun making music. There are 3 things that I stress ear training, technique and musicality.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
B.A. In Music (Theory and Compostion) from UMass
M.M. In Theory and Composition from S.U.N.Y. Fredonia.
Suzuki Training with John Homsey and Haruko Kataoka
Studied Jazz with Charlie Banacos
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I generally charge a 2 week security Alternatively, one could pay weekly in cash or PayPal.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching after Graduating at first just a few students privately and then for a few different Music Schools. Now, I only teach privately.
What types of students have you worked with?
I've had students as young as 3 and as much as 80. When working with very young students it is important that one of the parents come to all the lessons. My goal with all my students is to find a love of music; listening and making it.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Learning to play an instrument is like any other skill. I can't teach you anyrhing. I can guide you and give directions. But it is up to you what you do. Setting a goal and making a routine daily practice schedule are important.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
How can a teacher help you reach your goals.
What music do you want to play.
How much time can you set asside each day.
Do you have access to an instrument or are you planning to purchase one.