Experience and patience.
Everyone thinks you have to have an aptitude to learn to play an instrument. It helps but it's not necessary.
Why can't it be invigorating, fun, exciting, as well as work? after years of teaching and performing I've learned to present, explain and demonstrate any given technic so that we continue to move forward. It's more of a journey, not just a destination.
My favorite part of teaching is getting to know your musical likes and dislikes while providing you a firm musical foundation to assist you on your journey.
My son has been learning piano for five years. Mr. K has been his instructor for the last three years approximately. He’s a great teacher. I highly recommend him. He’s patient but also very clear in his expectations of my son. My son enjoys his lessons. When he first started lessons, he was your typical little kid that was interested but couldn’t always focus for the full 30 minutes. Overtime he’s built that endurance with the help of teacher K. He finds a way to make it fun for him. Have consistently recommended him to friends and family who are looking for piano lessons.
My kids love Mr.K. He is patient and always kind. He challenges them and pushes them to keep working hard. We would recommend him to anyone looking for a piano teacher.
Ten or eleven years ago I searched for a piano teacher for my then 8 year old grandson. Dan Kenison's name kept coming up. My grandson became his student, and a few years later, also my granddaughter. Dan has a soft, easy way with his students. My grandkids loved him, always looking forward to their lessons and yearly recitals. Now that they have moved on in their lives my old piano has been standing grand, but silent. A year ago I made the decision to learn to play her...at 67 years old! Of course, I phoned Dan...aka Mr K...and have been his student, now going into my second year with him. I'm amazed that I can actually play recognizable tunes! I am self-employed and must practice around my own somewhat busy schedule. There have been weeks when practice was slim. But Mr K is willing to go the distance with me whatever time that may take. I am so grateful to have this opportunity at this later time in my life to yet learn and begin to understand the language of music. I highly recommend Dan Kenison to future students...no matter their age or ability. Suzanne Jauchius 503 655 2631 West Linn, Oregon
My 6 year old has been working with Mr K for the last couple of months and things are going great. I was worried about transitioning from one teach to another thinking that my son may not like the lesson format but that hasn't been the case at all. Mr K has a lot of experience working with younger kids and I can see that in his interactions. My son is high energy but Mr K can redirect him when needed. Also, scheduling and setting up payment was a breeze so as a working parent, I appreciate that!
With any student whether new to music or a seasoned musician, I feel it's important to make sure they have a working knowledge of music fundamentals.
I take time to make sure the student understands and has a working ability to explain and converse freely using the terms given.
After that, we move forward shaping their education in such a way that the foundation they receive will support their musical tastes and desires., with or without a teacher to direct them.
Over the past forty-three years, I have taught piano, organ, guitar, and various other instruments to students ranging in age from four-year-old’s to eight-nine years old. I have taught classroom music, band & choir, as well as voice and most of your band instruments.
Five days out of seven I teach private lessons, most of them are taught in the students home, I have students in Wilsonville, Tigard, Beaverton, Clackamas, and Vancouver Washington. On Saturday I direct Portland Kids International Children’s Choir, and on Sunday I am the music director/worship leader for Memorial Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington .
MINIMUM MONTHLY TUITION: In Your Home Lessons
30 minute – monthly rate - $ 120.00 / $ 30.00 each 45 minute – monthly rate - $ 180.00 / $ 45.00 each 60 minute – monthly rate - $ 200.00 / $ 50.00 each
Normally 4 consecutive, weekly lessons or classes. Holidays and vacation days are excluded and do not change the tuition fee.
This is fixed, tuition calculated over a 12-month period. Students are strongly encouraged to study throughout the summer months.
After graduating I started working in a full-service music store. I had already been playing professionally for three years in local bars, conventions, and accompanist. The owner of the store asked me to start teaching after work. Later I was asked to teach classroom music, band, and choir K-8 at a private parochial elementary school.
Over the years teaching has become my favorite way of making a living.
I've taught children as young as 5 years old and adults as old as 83, The love for music has no age limits. My student's abilities range from beginners to advanced.
I was able to direct and teach the youth praise team of the Smirna Christian Church in Vancouver, Wa., after teaching them voice lessons for six months I/We presented a worship concert for the churches in the area.
Look for a teacher that strives to give you a love for music, as well as a musical foundation that will serve you at whatever instrument you choose to express yourself.
Are you willing to set aside time each day to practice?
As a teacher I expect my students to practice 5 out of 7 days., and to work at focusing on it for at least 30 minutes each day.
Are you willing to work with and sit alongside the students as they begin their journey?
If you're the parent of the student and he or she is a beginner, are you willing to take an active lead in helping them strive to learn and understand each lesson.
Are you willing to wait for results?
As parents, we sometimes think that results mean our children should take to lessons like fish to water, that their ability to play songs should happen in a short time. I've found that most students take to lessons differently, some have no problems while others wrestle with doing it daily.
My philosophy is a child I was expected to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. I wasn't asked whether or not I wanted to learn it, it was something we did.
A musical education transcends playing a song on any giving instrument. The time you invest here will offer years of benefits both musically and otherwise.
To further these thoughts I include this article. https://nafme.org/20-important-benefits-of-music-in-our-schools/
As adults, we think we should be able to pick things up easily, but it's not that way we need to be patient with ourselves. Rome wasn't built in a day and didn't burn to the ground in one either.