My goal as a teacher is to make sure that my students achieve their musical goals.I specialize on adult students.
I have been teaching for over 30 years and believe that a teacher should have a very individual approach for each student. I am a concert pianist, recording artist and teacher. I continue to perform and have my own daily practice. It allows me to stay in touch with the learning process my students go through. I think that as a teacher it is important to know each student technical needs and abilities and have the right plan for improvement. An inclusive and diverse choice of repertoire, the necessary knowledge of theory and technical guidance will provide a well balanced and more effective musical education and progress. Besides weekly lessons, my students also have periodical performance classes where they play for each other on a supportive and relaxed environment. They have the opportunity to meet other adult students that share their experiences and love for music.
I have a Master of Music from the UW and am a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association.
1.) Geisa provides skilled and highly personalized instruction. 2.) Geisa fosters a supportive community of fellow students who meet periodically to perform for each other. These "performance class" meetings are very inspirational and motivating.
Wise teacher, inspiring pianist, sparkling personality: I enjoy every minute of my lessons with Geisa Dutra! She watches me like a hawk to guide how I can use my hands and my body to get rich sounds without strain or injury, which is especially important to me as one who began playing piano quite late in life. Working with Geisa makes me want to practice more! I am able to learn new music more efficiently with the insights she shares, and it's a joy to find myself approaching difficult (for me!) material with increasing confidence. I feel very lucky that she is my teacher.
She works well with students at any the and piano skill level.
On my first meeting with a new student I do a lot of listening. I listen to their goals, their hopes, likes and dislikes and I ask questions.If a student already knows how to play I ask him/her to play a couple of different samples of their choice. That allows me to assess the student technical abilities and personal musical approach and personality.
I started my musical education at 3 years old. My mother was also a music teacher and that allowed for the early start. My Bachelor Degree in Music is from the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and my Master in Music is from the UW School of Music. I have taught Master Classes and given lectures and workshops at the National Music Teachers Association Conferences, at the WSMTA, SMTA and the Vitoria International Piano Festival in Brazil.
I charge per month. The tuition covers weekly lessons and includes the quarterly Performance Classes.
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I have students ranging from all levels: beginners to advanced and from ages 8 to 86.
Recently took my adult students to a field trip to a piano museum. We all learned a lot together, had lots of fun and played some very rare instruments.
Don’t look for the cheapest or the closest to your home. Find the best qualified and someone you enjoy as a teacher and as a person because you will find that piano lessons are a very close and personal experience.
First question: Am I willing to practice?