Spurgeon Piano Lessons

Spurgeon Piano Lessons

5.0 (1)
4 years in business

About this pro

Having spent 8 years playing piano and 3 years teaching, including teaching at Calstate LA, I have a unique perspective on how to teach proper technique, expression, touch, interpretation etc. Drawing from this experience, I want to give my students basic musical skills that they can apply in all contexts. I like to find out what the student's particular goals and aspirations are, give them the tools and principles they need to meet those goals, and guide them through it. 

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I love to see my students grow into their particular interests and strengths. The process of teaching them how to solve musical problems and express themselves in the music that they play is a fun challenge for me.

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Los Angeles, CA 90032
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  • Ruben Dedman

    Spurgeon is extremely patient, observant, and encouraging. He is great with the kids.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first assess what level the student is at and their strengths and weaknesses, I communicate that to the student, then I start to correct and teach them some ways and some new concepts on how to improve their weaknesses.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am in the master of music for piano performance program at Calstate LA. I have been getting lessons from Dr. Robert Ward there during the last three years and he has mentored me in my playing and teaching.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My standard pricing is 30 dollars for half hour lessons, 60 for an hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I first started teaching when my previous teacher, Adam Bendorf, reffered some students to me. I was nervous at first. I hadn't had much experience, but I have learned from every one of my students to become the teacher that I am now.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginner to advanced. I usually teach very young students with the oldest having been 15.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

A student looking to find a good piano teacher should make sure that the teacher understands proper technique and the process of interpreting music, and that he/she can communicate this and meet the student where he/she is at. Some teachers may just not be a good fit for some students. There is an element of "clicking" with the teacher as well as the quality of the teaching.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students can think about being clear about what they want and need, and figure out exactly the steps that would lead to their goals.

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