I know what its like going from being a frustrated piano beginner to one that everyone calls to play for their shows, classes, or performances. I'm a pretty easy going teacher and try not to fill students time with too many unnecessary exercises and things. For me, one of the most important things about piano is READING, particularly the notes and rythyms. I usually just focus on those two because those are the most influential and important aspects of piano. Along the way we develop finger strength and fingerings that can be helpful, but I do my best to not stress out the student since I know what that's like. As long as they can put effort into reading, their sightreading abilities will improve a lot, which is something that I'm VERY good at and try to help with.
I normally have two recitals a year just to get some experience for students to play in front of people, usually at rest homes. I've been teaching now for almost 3 years and usually teach somewhere between 25-30 students. I enjoy teaching and making things more doable and rewarding for students.
In addition to sightreading and playing the piano, I compose both for piano and soundtrack orchestras. I've recently been writing music for video games. You can see my piano and composing websites here:
I'm also part of a group that raised $110K on Kickstarter to compose a soundtrack album for Brandon Sanderson's novel "The Way of Kings" due Christmas 2017. Check it out! :)
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Richard is an expert pianist and composer. His lessons really helped break down important and basic concepts for me. Very good.
I normally like to give them a call, or find out during the first lesson where they're at with their experience. Normally I can tell if they just bring a song they know how to play, or something like that and then I can assess what songs or books would be good for them.
I graduated from Brigham Young University in Commercial Music in 2014. I play 10 instruments, and have played in various concert, jazz, mariachi, and marching bands and orchestras throughout my time at BYU. I also compose music and won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions two BYU's animations.
Yes, I normally charge $25 for half an hour, $35 for 45 min and $45 for one hour. I bill students at the beginning of the month. Normally I like to use the Venmo app because it's the easiest, but I'm flexible.
I've worked with all kinds from kindergarden to retirees. Some students have very good ears, some read well, and some are just taking it slow. By and large I would say the slow and steady pace is more lasting.
I'm usually most proud and excited when students push through something that takes a long time. Either they finish a song that was hard, or they keep practicing with me for over a year, and when I can see their progress it's really rewarding. I have to remind them sometimes because it's hard for them to see it. Sometimes students make drastic progress in a short amount of time, and it's almost ALWAYS because they practiced a good amount during that time.
I'd make sure that you get a teacher that you can get along with. If you're goals and style are very off, it may be hard to get the most out of lessons. For example, if your teacher is a very strict task master and you don't do well with that, it might not be the best fit.
Just be open and let the teacher know what you need. Usually that's the best option because it helps the teacher know what you need to focus on, and what activities would be lower priority.