Novapiano

Novapiano

5.0
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching now for more than 10 years.  I am committed to the principle that all students can learn to play the piano well.  I have more than a 90 percent + success rate in keeping students playing and improving for many years.  

I teach the way that I myself was taught, but I have picked up a great deal over the years - Particularly from teaching children in the special needs community.   

I have a diverse background in music, having played several instruments in my younger years.  During that time, I acquired a B.M. in music from the University of Arkansas, played in various ensembles from Orchestras to Jazz bands and smaller chamber groups.  Now, I love making great music with my students and family of musicians here in Falls Church.

Teaching piano allows me to be myself and be around great people everyday.  I feel like I'm doing exactly what I was born to do.

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Falls Church, VA 22043
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?
  1.  Students are taught how to practice.  Parents are taught how to help the children achieve their goals.
  2.  Parents are led to make starting here very easy.
  3. We develop a light-hearted relationship that helps soften the obstacles. 
  4. We discover the strengths and obstacles that each student presents.
  5. Learning of vocabulary related to the piano.
  6.  Development of student’s concentration ability.
  7. The student learns what is necessary to pass pieces/lesson content before proceeding.
  8. We work with parents to help the children to the best of their availability.
  9. Good communication from my end of where we are and what to expect.
  10. Total commitment from my end to making the lessons work.

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

BM in Music Theory from the University of Arkansas

I was inspired by the Suzuki Method my wife teaches to develop something similar but that can be projected onto more traditional methods. 

My best teacher however has been the multiple experiences I've had overcoming so many obstacles with students.  It has taught me that if a teacher knows what they are doing anyone can learn to play.


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

Tuition is 152 per month.  When I had no experience it was 120.  The 10 years of successfull experience means you are investing in better solutions, more patience and a greater chance of success. 


How did you get started teaching?

I had been told for many years that I should teach piano by several people, but at that time, I was not really sure I would be able to handle the complex pedagogical and psychological issues students present with.  I read something in a religious text which convinced me that I should pursue teaching and it turns out it was an amazing fit and more rewarding than anything I could possibly imagine.  It was almost shocking how easily it came from the beginning.  It was meant to be. 


What types of students have you worked with?

Children from 6.  

Adults of all ages.

Special Needs population

Abrsm Exam candidates

Music Theory

Coached other teachers who were starting in their careers.

Beginner to Advanced through Grade 8 ABRSM


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My wife and I hold regular recitals in both traditional and nontraditional venues.  One recent recital was at Meadowlark Gardens during their 'Winter walk of lights,' which is just stunning-I can't recommend it enough.  I must say, it was an amazing evening for parents and all the kids.  The music and sights were spectacular!


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

Ask the teacher to give detailed information on how to get a student from intermediate to advanced level.

Ask the teacher how they incorporate technique principles for beginners.  

Ask about performance opportunities in the studio.


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

I know that its difficult to start something new.  I will make it easy for you to transition into classes here.  

There's actually a lot that you need to know, but at the same time an experienced teacher can make this moot.  My goal is to make the challenging very easy.