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Jack has played professionally since 1975. (Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophones + flute). Influences include: Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, & Sonny Rollins.
As I mentioned earlier, I have learned with various techniques over the years and feel that each student has individual needs based on his or her type of music and learning style preferences. I do believe that for every student, a healthy balance can be achieved between learning with the eye (sightreading music) and with the ear (playing out familiar tunes without written music).
My teaching method as follows: ( 30 to 45 minutes lesson) Piano lesson at the comfort of my home. One on one personalized tutoring , Music Theory Class , Music reading skills , games , and online testing with the aid of technology.
I am a strong believer of traditional teaching methods, however, I have learn that we all learn in different ways, so I let my students discover music by teaching them how to relate to the piano first, after they become familiar with the instrument by playing easy but wonderful melodies I start with the process of teaching music notation, scales, chords, analyzing songs, music history, exercises.I teach all ages, I am very patient and supportive, never pushy but firm with my students goals.
I'm a well-trained musician (cello, piano, ethnomusicology) who has taught Piano for five years. I received my early training in piano in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City, Philippines, but it wasn’t until I was 14 when she started studying with Helen Vourax-Birch in the Sherman Clay School of Music in Oakland, California that I truly enjoyed and became very committed to music. From the age of 14-18 I studied music intensively with Ms. Helen Vourax-Birch, a Steinway artist and renowned concert pianist and teacher who lives in California. I spent her first year of university in a School of Music (Conservatory) in the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, the same year that the “Edsa Revolution” was unfolding in the Philippines, where I began to feel that spending 8 hours every day practicing piano surrounded by very a-political musicians may not be the most enriching life-path. So I switched to Political Science and transferred to Wellesley College in Massachussetts, but continued to study Piano and Music History as a minor, with Professor Jean Alderman. I moved to London, England to study for an M.A. at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where I Majored in Area Studies (Southeast Asia), writing my Thesis on Politics, while at the same time taking courses in Southeast Asian Music (focusing on Thai Music Performance, with the Thai composer and musician, Anant Narkong). In 1992, I moved back to California after receiving a scholarship from University of California Berkeley where I went on to do her Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian Studies, where besides taking courses in Malay, Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese language classes, Political Theory, Anthropology, Rhetoric, and Malay-Indonesian Literature, she also continued to take classes in Ethnomusicology and Composition and worked closely with scholars studying Southeast Asian Texts, Rituals, and Performances, including Sally Ann Ness, Rene Lysloff, Deborah Wong, and Ben Brinner. I currently also study cello and tutor my son in Music Theory and Music History.
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We recommend that students get either a full size piano, or a weighted keyboard for their lessons. It is very important to set up a practice schedule every day. You can purchase a basic keyboard at a local music store or online. Some students may also wish to rent a piano if they do not wish to invest in buying one right away. Digital keyboards are good choice for the beginning student because they are portable and easily stored in your home. Keyboards will start at 61 keys and increase to a full size keyboard of 88 keys. The most common brands of keyboard are Casio, Yamaha, and Korg.
Piano lessons are usually structured around a series of method books, which are recommended by the teacher and can be purchased at a local music store or online. Lessons for beginners usually start with learning the notes of the piano, and progress to learning to sight read using songs the student is familiar with. As the lessons progress, more focus is placed upon proper technique, fingering, and posture. Basic music theory is also introduced. However, whatever direction a student decides to go towards, the instructor will work to make lessons fun and enjoyable!
Adults take up piano lessons for a number of different reasons. Some people want to reintroduce themselves to the instrument having once played it in the past, while others are looking for a new hobby or just to learn a new skill for fun! Whatever the reason, there are major benefits to learning the piano during adulthood. Learning piano technique can help retain fine motor skills and co-ordination, it can keep the mind sharp due to the complex thought processes, and has shown to be good for preserving your hearing. Learning to play the piano can also be therapeutic, and is a great stress reliever.
Piano lessons in your home offer a convenient option for learning to play an instrument. 90% of our students take their lessons in their home, and this is a practical and time-saving way to learn the technique of the instrument. Think of all the time you can save by not having to transport your student to a class every week! In-home lessons are structured the same way as in-studio lessons are, and in addition, a younger student may feel more comfortable at an in-home lesson, as they are already familiar with the surroundings.
Piano is a great first instrument for children who have never studied music before. The instructors in our network specialize in teaching younger children, and can develop an individual lesson plan for your child. The youngest age that we recommend starting piano lessons is age 4. The instructor will be able to teach your child to read music, beginning music theory and musicianship skills, and how to develop a love for playing the instrument.
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
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