Hi! I'm excited to start working with you and I love your interest in music. I'm a pianist attaining a degree in Music Performance and Music Theory at the University of Minnesota. For the past 17 years, I've been an active performer and had participated in multiple competitions and recitals, obtaining several prizes and distinctions, as well as given recitals in and out of the country in halls such as Carnegie Hall, Moscow House of Music, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, etc. Those experiences has giving me the opportunity to know the field and open up my vision of the world. That vision has been translated into my teaching approach, and for the past 4 years, I've been motivating students to become their own unique musician. Currently, I'm a member of the faculty at City Strings - Twin Cities and Cyprus School of Music and the Arts. Check out my website for more information about myself, or contact me with any question. I look forward to start working with you!
Every student is different. Each shows a different personality and thus the outcome of their learning is always different. To me, it is fascinating to see how the same subject (music notation, harmonic progressions, sight-reading, technique, etc) needs to be taught differently to satisfy to the fullest the potential of each student. The progress my students show really motivates me to do what I do because for a teacher, their students' success reflects the quality of his or her job. My objective isn't to transform my students into a clone of myself, but rather explore their own musical talents and use them to learn new repertoire and skills.
Daniel is enthusiastic, has a lot of energy, and keeps things fun and interesting for the kids. We've met other potential piano teachers, and when we asked our kids who they wanted to continue taking lessons from, they didn't hesitate in choosing Daniel!
Daniel is a very detailed-oriented teacher that will focus always in helping you where you most need it. His lessons are creative yet his plan very methodical and organized. I'm very happy for having him as a teacher and fully recommend him.
Daniel is professional and patient teacher. He uses smart practicing methods to help me work on details and get an overall improvement.
Daniel spends time in developing fundamental skills that will help the student play harder pieces. He is very patient, detailed, and methodical with his homework assignments. Lessons nonetheless are fun, specially when he gets his hysterical moments. He is a teacher that would leave you with a big smile and that would care about you as a student.
I work with the student needs, desires, aspirations. I will encourage the student to play and love the instrument. Therefore, early lessons will focus on several activities to expose players to the instrument. The learning process won't be easy, so I expect hard work and discipline from the student. However, my job is to motivate my students to surpass the struggle and learn to make music!
Examples of the topics that will be covered in early on lessons will include, but not limited, to proper technique, keyboard orientation, introduction to musical notation, scales and key signature, rhythms, etc.
Student travels to me:
$35 per lesson (30 minutes)
$40 per lesson (45 minutes)
$50 per lesson (60 minutes)
Teacher travels to the student:
$40 per lesson (30 minutes)
$45 per lesson (45 minutes)
$50 per lesson (60 minutes)
*Includes recital opportunities per semester.
*Free in-studio introductory lesson upon request (not available in-home)
*Payment is expected at the end of every lesson to prevent any inconveniences. I'll accept only cash or checks. No credit or debit card payments. Venmo payments are also accepted.
*Discounts offered when prepaying 5 lessons or more:
5 lesson: 10% off
10 lessons: 15% off
(More information available upon initial contact and acceptance to the studio)
I teach students of all levels and ages with goals varying between exposure to the instrument and music in general up to those seeking a more technical and advance knowledge.