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I have a deep and passionate love for all things music, whether it's teaching, performing, writing, or listening, and I love being able to share that with my students. I did my undergrad program at UMass Lowell and have achieved my Bachelors degree in Music Studies. I currently still attend the University, where I am striving to get my Masters degree in Music Teaching. Outside of school I enjoy writing and recording my own music, and I occasionally play live shows when I can. I'm versatile when it comes to the number of instruments that I can play. This includes Guitar, Cello, Piano, Bass, and Drums, but the instruments I've had the most experience with are Guitar and Cello.
I'm an active and versatile piano instructor who loves working with students with motivation and wide-range of musical interest! I studied film scoring and piano performance with recognized pianists and composers in the field at Berklee and earned Bachelor degree in double majors and a minor. In my early age, I won piano competitions in Korea, which gave me an opportunity to perform in Taiwan. At Berklee, my performance study focuses on diverse genres such as jazz, classical, and world music. Besides teaching, I am currently working as an arranger, composer and music director for a musical and short films. The teaching studio is located coveniently in 3 min walking distance from T, equipped with weighted keyboard (Yamaha) and DAW.
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.
I began teaching music at the age of 15, primarily guitar and piano lessons for beginners ages 7-14 in my hometown of Parker, CO. At 16 I began teaching my students basic music theory and intermediate instrumental instruction. I moved to Boston in 2012 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston, still actively teaching throughout my curriculum. I have now taught over 100 students ages 5-45 in piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, music theory, D.A.W. navigation, proficiency with notation software such as finale, and contemporary songwriting.
I teach classical music exclusively. My strategy for utterly inexperienced students is to remove from the equation the difficulty of reading a music score, and just allow the hands to "learn" the keyboard by having the student repeating short musical sentences (either preexisting or improvised by me on the spot). Once familiarity with the keyboard has been achieved, or if the student already reads music, we move on to his or her first book, and I tend to favor Nancy and Randall Faber's Piano Adventures. Then, as the student's ability grows and confidence builds, we move on to Carl Czerny's short and easy Études and easy pieces by J. S. Bach and other composers.
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A keyboard or digital piano is a perfectly acceptable alternative to an acoustic piano for the purposes of lessons and practice. The major advantages of keyboards are the cheap price, portability, and the possibility of playing with headphones, which means being able to practice without disturbing others. When buying a keyboard, look to get one with a weighted hammer action and as many keys as possible although a minimum of 61 should suffice. Weighted keys will most resemble the touch sensitivity of a real piano. The most common brands are Casio, Korg, and Yamaha. If possible, look to purchase an upright or baby grand piano.
In many ways adult learners have an advantage over young students. Adults have better self-discipline with regards to practice, are more patient, and have higher levels of concentration. This allows them to develop the basic skills at a reasonably quick rate. Learning the piano is also a great way of remaining mentally active during adulthood, and helps students to improve their hand-eye co-ordination and develop a critical ear. Learning to play the piano in adulthood can be beneficial health-wise, is a great way of harnessing creativity and stimulating the brain and it can be immensely satisfying when achieving set goals.
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.
As piano lessons are customized to the needs of each individual student, we are able to better help you to achieve your goals. Beginning students may just want to learn an instrument out of interest and for fun, so the basics will be covered to get you up and running. This tends to include music theory and technical exercises, such as hand position, fingering, and playing scales and chords. Intermediate students may be working towards an exam, recital or performance, so will cover playing, performance and stylistic techniques such as legato, staccato, glissando, sight reading, working on speed, runs, fills, and solos. Other topics that may be covered in your piano lessons are things like expanding your repertoire, developing improvisation and jamming skills, and studying the various types of genre-based playing techniques and styles, such as Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, Rock, or Classical piano.
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.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
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.
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
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