Instead of drilling skills and assigning grueling homework assignments, I like to encourage growth through gamifying my lessons and connecting with my students. I'm a friend helping out another friend - not a strict, know-it-all professor!
FOR PARENTS: From questing to timed rewards - my system has never failed to get children excited to learn. Why? Because they're having fun playing a game I have created for them, NOT drilling exercises for an hour every time they have a lesson. I will find the most efficient way to transfer my knowledge to my students and make the work feel effortless and fun. Here's one example I love to do with young children whom I teach piano/voice: I print out and give a weekly questing sheet to the parent(s), which list out tasks and point rewards. The sheet will also explain how the point system works and prizes will be discussed with the parent. A current parent and I have a system going in which there is a "virtual market" with packs of trading cards (pokemon, yugioh, etc) because her child loves cards. Through the weekly questing sheet, the child learns to work independently and push through to meet a goal - a skill we all know is crucial in life. Once the child has accumalated enough point tickets (which is a physical item that I give out - also teaching them responsibility because if they lose the tickets then they are lost forever which is also explained on the sheet and on the first day) they can trade them in for the prize of their choice! Cool right?
I absolutely love music. I've been around it my entire life and it has been the one thing that has stuck with me through thick and thin.
I started classical piano lessons when I was 4 (I am now 19) and began competing at age 8. I am also classically trained in voice / opera, percussion, and music production, although I prefer making dance music and pop / hiphop when I'm sitting down making music on my computer.
Now that I'm in college at NYU for Music Technology, I've broadened so many horizons on my musical journey, and have an innate passion to share that knowledge with others.
I've been teaching music professionally for around 6 years as of now - and unprofessionally for 10. (When I was 10 years old my friends would come over and I would always try to teach them some of the songs I was playing since they always wanted to play along)
His work habits was very intense n focus throughout his lessons..
I believe it's most important to get to know the student first before beginning academic growth, no matter what age or skill level the student is currently at.
When I was younger, I was blessed with a very intelligent piano teacher, but I never saw him as a friend due to his strict mannerism and stern, almost unkind, criticism. This is wrong, in my opinion, because a student cannot open up fully and tap into their superpowers if they feel insecure or dread coming to the lesson.
My solution to this is removing the "dominant" figure of a teacher away from the equation by opening up and having a friendly conversation before beginning the lesson. This helps students feel a lot more comfortable and willing to throw in their own creative ideas, however crazy they may be. Why? Because they are comfortable, NOT intimidated, a concept that a lot of teachers and professors struggle with.
Being wrong and making mistakes is how we grow, and encouraging students to always say what's on their mind creatively can only be done if they feel safe and non-interrupted whilst in an intense educational / teaching environment.
Music and music lessons for most people are about increasing proficiency in a certain instrument or musical skill, but I feel that this concept is exactly what is wrong with our current education system, especially with private lessons. I feel that pushing the student to think creatively and express interpretation, emotions, storytelling, etc. is far more important than teaching how to play a C Major scale, which anyone can look up and learn for free online at anytime. I seek to teach and spread knowledge that can't be found on google or some music textbook.
To name a few...
- 15 years of Classical and Jazz Piano Performance
- 10 years of Professional Classical / Jazz / Chamber Music (By professional I mean performing for audiences that pay to come see you and competing in large scale competitions)
- 5+ years of Classical / Modern Voice training (From opera to hip hop rap)
- 5+ years experience with audio production and music production. (I work in Logic Pro X as my DAW)
- 5+ years teaching / tutoring Piano / Audio Engineering / Performance / Voice
- Currently studying at NYU for Music Technology
Yes! As of right now, I charge $40 an hour (Subject to change once spots fill up) with a few exceptions.
1. If I have to come to you (Which is completely fine), then I ask that you pay the uber fee (to your residence and back) in addition to the $40 an hour. If you would like to calculate the fee beforehand my address is "15 E 11th St, NY".
2. ALL online lessons are $40 an hour
3. If you need to cancel, please please please try to let me know 24 hours in advance, it makes things a lot easier!
A friend asked me one day my freshman year of high school if I could show him a few "piano tricks" so he could show off to a girl he was trying to ask to the dance. I fell in love with teaching and the rest is history :)
I would say I probably have had one of the most diverse student groups out of most teachers. I've worked with students from ages 4 to 50+, all with different skill levels and starting points.
Receiving my own studio quality speakers to create professional grade tracks with!
Be open to trying new things! A lot of older teachers are stuck in their ways, and don't understand that things such as iphones, youtube, social media... Remember that there is no right or wrong, but rather a balance of techniques that are better than others, and its up to you to pick and choose which techniques you use, to create your own musical style.
I don't teach things that can just be found for free online. As a student, you shouldn't be looking for a teacher to spoon feed you something you can do yourself - rather - you should look for a teacher who can guide you to discover things that you never thought possible!
There are two things I stand by.
1. Think to yourself, can I learn this for free online? If the answer is yes, don't waste yours or your parent's money and time! Teaching yourself things is an awesome skill to have, or even polish up, no matter what age you are.
2. So you've looked it up on Google, read the material, and still don't get it. Don't stress! THIS is the time when you call in someone for help! You've tried your best to solve the issue using the knowledge you previously had, and failed. That's awesome because after you are helped with the issue, you see it from a new angle - another skill you can take with you on your future endeavors.
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