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The method of teaching doesn't change for the age of the person I'm teaching. The method I use is this: 1) Assess where the student is in life 2) Assess where the student is musically 3) Assess the needs and desires of the student (and guardians, if applicable) 4) Review various in-print and self-made resources 5) Develop a flexible comprehensive cirriculumn 6) Encouage, encourage, encourage
I strongly want to emphasize that one must master self-criticism. As a human being, I may not be available all the time for my students. I provide students with a precise demonstration and make sure they understand the concept by having them play it back for me. When the student is practicing the opening of Schumann's Humoreske, Op. 20 on their own, one must use a advanced recording device while practicing in order to articulate the proper way of portato and melodic legato in outer voice. If a student says that buying an expensive recording machine is a burden, I can use mine to record an entire studio lesson and provide him or her a compact disc or send recorded files electronically. Mr. Sherman taught me: "The one indispensable to making music and the holy grail of our existence was the primacy and refinement of the ear. For it is through our ears and their channel to the heart that we can identify and evaluate the smallest, the most refined distinctions of sound that is endlessly varied and colorful, and which is the very root and wine of our existence, of our addiction." In order to fulfill the mission of the pianist, we must pay attention to smallest details in the music. Since there are numerous pieces for the piano, I believe that one must choose a certain type of repertoire to study. For me, I am proficient and interested in the Romantic, Baroque, and post-serialist music repertoire. Baroque music requires legato articulation with the multiple contrapuntal layers. Post-serialist music requires strict rhythmic sense along with reversible rhythm, and it also important to know each composers compositional language. I have experience with my research on Pierre Boulez's Second Piano Sonata and performing Messiaen's "The Spirit of Joy" and Frederic Rzewski's "American Ballades". Through my experience with this repertoire, I will suggest repertoire for my students and help them practice piano passionately. It would have not been possible without lessons and guidance from Wha Kyung Byun, Russell Sherman, and Christopher Taylor. Outwardly, the life of pianist is described as truly beautiful; yet in its core, it requires to have thousands hours of preparation until the completion of artistic perfection. At the final touch of one's performance, one must have steadfast willpower. I always tell myself over and over: "I can follow in a pianist's footsteps forever". In Boston and New York, after listening to solo recitals performed by Russell Sherman, I was deeply moved by his performance. I heard through his wife who described Mr. Sherman's sacrificial preparation. I learned from him that "if the students were to develop and flourish then the faculty must live up to these same high standards". I learned the importance of dedication and sacrifice to the piano. Among memorable solo recitals, I vividly remember the end of recitals when I was listening to the sound of applause from the audience. For instance, after the last chord in Liszt's B Minor Sonata, I received positive energy from the audience, and I felt that I have improved over the decade. The length of the solo recital is shorter than the hundreds of artistic goals. One must endure trial and error. I love to share my experience of the recital process with gardening. One must water and raise flowers every single day and practicing daily with concentration will result in the completion of a beautiful garden. In every concert and recital of my own, I felt bliss and appreciation following the path of a musician with my own ability to persevere. For me, playing the piano is the medium that allows me to dream and hope the existence of transcendental art. I believed in my gift throughout my education, and I have polished my pianistic and artistic skills every day. The process of learning will never end, and I will learn from my potential students.
First thing's first: 1) WHAT are you listening to, lately? 2) WHY are you interested in learning music? 3) WHERE do you hope music will take you? This helps me to find out what my student's interests are, and where their passion is. Two beginners of the same age learning the same instrument, for instance, can have vastly goals, interests, and areas of strength. For beginners: scales, simple melodic pieces, and a very basic overview of notation, key, and time. Once an adequate amount of fundamental material has been grasped, I like to have the student select songs or pieces that they already know of and learn to play simple translations of them that I will prepare. For intermediate students: heavy rigor with more complicated exercise in the form of etudes (piano), vocal runs (voice), and picking exercises (bass/guitar) is encouraged, with an introduction to more complicated music theory and harmony. I like to have my students progress to a point where they feel comfortable picking a song of their choice, transcribing it as accurately as possible, and playing it. For advanced students: there is no set structure for advanced students, as their requests and sets of strengths and weaknesses are so individually specific that I have to create a specific lesson plan for each student. However, one theme that I love to introduce advanced musicians to in terms of music theory are the psycho-acoustics and emotional manipulation of specific chord progressions, modes, cadences, and modal interchange.
I like by teaching everything simple and plain: even making the most complex concepts really simple, by making it intuitive. The student will learn everything by playing songs, that way, even if we are learning about the most complex concepts, it will be fun and they probably won't even realize how far they come!
I have been giving private piano lessons to children and adults for over 10 years. It is extremely gratifiying and rewarding to see students grasp concepts and learn to play. My lessons extend beyond just learning to play a piece of music. I also discuss theory and harmony when appropriate as we learn new music. I encourage improvising and email links to various performers in a variety of genres.
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Children are recommended to start piano lessons no earlier than age 4 or 5. The attention span and personality of the child are factors to consider when thinking of taking lessons. Even if your child has no evident musical inclinations, piano lessons offer a great option for introducing your child to music. During their lessons children will learn sight reading, music theory techniques, ear training as well as fundamentals of music.
"We have many adult students taking lessons with us. Whether you have studied music as a child, or are wanting to learn a new skill, music lessons are a great avenue to go with! Not only do they keep you young and energized, but our teachers are also able to relate to you and instruct you in a way you can understand."
We suggest students purchase a piano or keyboard for their lessons, as they will need to practice every day in order to develop their skills on the instrument. We recommend a keyboard with weighted keys, as this will feel most similar to an actual piano. An actual piano will have 88 keys, but most keyboards start from 61 keys and go up from there. Common keyboard brands found at music stores are Yamaha, Casio, and Korg. Many keyboard sets will come with a case, stand, headphones, and may even offer recording features for recording your own playing.
The content of each lesson is determined by the ability and experience level of each individual student. For beginner students who are new to the piano, lessons will be devised to give students the fundamentals of good piano playing. Students will learn the correct posture, hand position, and fingering techniques for playing scales and chords. Intermediate players can start to increase their playing speed in order to perform runs, fills, and solos, they can broaden their chord playing to things like augmented and diminished chords, they develop their sight reading, learn music theory such as time signatures, and work on applying these skills to more complex compositions. Advanced players may want to study a particular genre or composer. Pianists who enjoy Classical music may like to study the compositions of Bach or Mozart, or maybe develop their Jazz or Blues playing. Teachers can also help prepare students for exam, auditions, performances, or recitals.
Taking piano lessons from the comfort of your own home is the most convenient way of learning to the play the instrument. Finding the additional time out of a busy schedule to transport your child to and from their lessons can be difficult, making home lessons a convenient, time and money saving option. The only thing necessary for home lessons is a keyboard or piano to play on! There is no difference between the lesson content of studio or home lessons- only the location is different. Home lessons help provide a safe, familiar, and comfortable learning environment for students.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
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 Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
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 Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
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