I'm in a relatively unique position of having a master's degree in jazz and an undergraduate degree in classical piano. I've performed professionally in a variety of settings, from pop/rock cover band to reggae, jazz trio to classical ensemble, church pianist to salsa band. Whatever style someone wants to learn, I can probably help them learn it.
One thing I work on constantly is my ear. I learn songs by ear for gigs all the time, so this gives me the ability to teach almost any song to a student. I often create written arrangements of music my students want to play that are appropriate to their level (I have several years experience using music notation software).
I also compose and record some, so I can help students with songwriting and/or improvising, too, if that appeals to them.
Here's my website if you want to find out more about me and my teaching.
He is extremely patient and he will teach to your level. He created arrangements for the songs I wanted to learn which is very motivational!
First I try to find out what appeals to the student; what music do they like, do they have any goals, etc. Then I'll try to evaluate their level based on something they play. If they're completely new to piano, we'll go over some basic keyboard geography and work on learning 1-3 new songs so that they go home playing something from the very first lesson.
I have a master's degree in Jazz, which involved many hours of transcribing to learn music. I developed a great ear through this program, as well as practical skills related to working in group settings.
My undergrad was in classical piano, so I also have thorough training in reading music. Between the two degrees, I personally feel like I have a very versatile skill-set in terms of piano playing and teaching.
I started with the piano pedagogy course in my undergrad, doing one semester of learning about basics of piano pedagogy and the resources currently available, and then one semester of guided, observed teaching with a student.
Afterward graduating, I continued teaching and honing my skills over the years, always experimenting with new methods and trying to find the most efficient ways of helping my students improve.
The very young (4) to the older (60+), from first day of piano beginner to those working on Beethoven sonatas.
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