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Nate R

Nate R

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My goal in lessons is primarily to equip students to know how to practice.  Since the majority of the time each student spends with their instrument will be in private, I aim to prepare them to be keenly aware of what they need to work on and how to work on it, as well as to provide resources for practice at home.  Regardless of how fun and exciting the actual lesson is, students should never leave feeling aimless or without direction.  My goal is spend all the time preparing for each lesson before-hand, so that the only limiting factor in a student's improvement is his or her hard work!

Matthew P

Matthew P

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I have been teaching piano lessons for over a decade.  I have held private studios in Seattle, WA, Wheaton, IL, Bloomington, IN, and now in the Torrance, CA area as well as taught group lessons, taught at the YaGe Community Arts School in Kunming, China, and taught at the Joe Ferrante Music Academy in Monrovia.  I have extensive experience teaching the full gamut of the classical repertoire, traditional and contemporary jazz, pop, R&B, and rock.  I also do transcriptions and arrangements of pieces if my students want to learn a piece for which there is no sheet music.  I also teach improvisation, music theory, and composition.  Whatever excites my students, challenges them, and helps them be their most musical is what I focus on.  

Dan P

Dan P

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Since everyone has a different way of seeing and understanding things, focusing on student's needs is my priority. Each lesson is tailored specifically for the student so that the information is well understood Beginner students are taught the principles behind the proper posture and correct handling of the instrument for better intonation. For intermediate students, basic musical theory lessons are added. Intermediate-advanced and advanced lessons contain listening skills as well musical thinking lectures. 

Alberto M

Alberto M

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My experiences with teaching began in my later high school years - I was part of a community service organization at school dedicated to teaching local elementary school students at any grade. Since then, I've taught primarily clarinet students independently at Butler University in Indianapolis. I've also enjoyed a good deal of larger classroom work, as I was involved in two internships, one at the elementary level (3rd - 5th General Music) and one at the secondary (7th - 8th General Music). In my last semester at Butler, I student taught at Avon High School for band and Franklin Township Middle School East for choir. Responsibilities at the former included sole direction of Concert Percussion, intermediate Symphonic Band, and AP Music Theory, and at the latter 7th Grade General Music and 8th Grade Mixed Choir. While at Butler, I was also principal clarinetist of both the Butler Symphony and the Butler Ballet Orchestras, and at one point principal of the Wind Ensemble as well. With that, I can safely say that I've seen the music world from the second row of woodwinds in the orchestra and from the podium in front of the kids!

Ross G

Ross G

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I incorporate different styles of teaching including 'rote learning', which is essentially learning by ear and imitation, as well as uniquely tailored exercises. I incorporate different warm-up etudes that I use with each student to build basic fundamentals of learning the instrument. And I also encourage students to practice scales and drills to develop their muscle memory. I also believe that learning to play an instrument is as much a physical experience as it is a mental one that requires discipline, repetition, hard work, and patience. It is also my belief that positive encouragement goes a long way.

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