I've been teaching piano since my teen years, even before I received my music degree. I have extensive experience in teaching piano, church music, organ, and theory and composition.
In my years I've been involved in professional piano teachers organizations as the National Guild of Piano Teachers and Music Teachers National Organization and have occupied leadership positions in these organizations.
I have had articles published in professional piano pedagogy journals and presently write for my blogs -- Piano Lessons PLUS Blog and Blogging at Piano Teacher Press .
I've written and have had recorded music for the church and own Piano Teacher Press where I publish books and compositions for piano students.
I am particularly proud of the work I've done with the young pre school beginner having written piano methods The Keyboard Kids and The Discovery Piano System.
I've also devoted years of my attention in the instruction of pre school students in my Dan Dan the Music Man program.
Actually, I enjoy everything about teaching young students, from K-12, about music and the piano.
I would love the opportunity to teach your children and share my love of music with them.
And while I love teaching young students I really appreciate my adult students that give me a nice change of pace in my teaching day.
I'm a composer, arranger, and teacher with over 300 published works. I can recommend Dan as a teacher. he has been very active over the years, and quite involved in the education of piano students, both with organizations and with individual students.
Mr. Severino has taught my children for 7 years. We began when my daughter was 4and 1/2 and my son was 7. Seven years later they still take lessons and are beautiful piano players. Me Severino is a very positive and patient teacher. I highly recommend him.
My daughter recently started taking Piano lessons with Mr.Dan. During the first class, Mr.Dan analyzed her level of expertise and interests in music to understand where she stands. Based on that, he suggested a plan for her to learn further. It works well and she is all excited now. We look forward to many future lessons. We highly recommend him.
One of Mr. Severino's greatest attributes is his patience in fostering a love of music in small very active children. All 4 of my kids owe a great deal of their musical talents to Mr. Dan
If the student is a beginner, I mostly ask the student a lot of questions concerning their likes, their favorite subject at school, what caused them to want to study the piano, their extra curricular activities. Then we gently move into the piano lesson almost as if it's part of the conversation we are having together.
If the student has had previous lessons I ask the student to bring the latest materials they have been working on. I will have the student play something for me to get a sense of how well they have mastered the material to see if there is a need for review or if the student can begin from where they left off with their previous instructor. I work with the student, as much as possible, from their old books until I get a sense of the student learning capabilities. From the information I gather from the first couple lessons I can more safely springboard into different teaching materials.
I began teaching piano (and organ) in high school out of the sheer desire to do so. I have two college begrees. One in liberal arts and the second in piano performance. Both degrees have been very useful in my teaching profession. After my college education I continued with lessons with various professors in studying not only piano but composition and arranging as well. I've also become involved in various professional organizations involved in developing students performance skills; organizations like the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Music Teachers National Association.
I presently have a pricing system for single lessons ($30) and a monthly tuition rate ($100).
I started in high school and enjoyed in greatly and continued teaching through the time of my two college degrees.
Since I've been teaching since the late 60's I think I've seen, and taught, about every type of student imaginable.
Presently, I'm building Piano Teacher Press, a website designed to present to the public all the books, teaching materials, arrangements and personal compositions I've written through the years I've taught piano and seeing other people enjoy and use those materials is something that is very satisfying.
Find a teacher with a personality that fits your personality because it's not unusual to be with a teachers for several years. I have students that I've taught from pre school to high school graduation.
Students should clarify in their thinking exactly what they want from their piano study. Students should realize that piano study is a long term commitment, especially if they have aspirations to being able to play the piano as a lifetime endeavor.