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I started piano lessons when I was very young and think all kids that are interested in lessons should be given the chance to see if they are ready. I cater my teaching to each individual student, because everyone is ready to start lessons at a different age, learns at a different rate, and experiences learning differently. I started teaching in my mother's piano studio as a teenager, had a fabulous pedagogy instructor at Oberlin, and continue exposing myself to new materials. As a result, I am familiar with numerous methods and teaching styles and can choose the books and approach that are right for each student. My ultimate teaching goals are to give students a firm foundation in music reading, to enjoy performing, and to work hard and be proud of their accomplishments.
Teaching for 20 years both privately and in educational facilities. Still records and performs live. originally from Chicago, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Has lived in the New England area since 1987. Currently lives in Foxboro, Ma. Has an in home studio as well as can travel local to a student's home.
I am a graduate of the University of Mass Lowell with a BM in Music Business. I have been playing in and around the Boston area for about 20 plus years and have been teaching for over 10 years. My bands have played clubs in Boston, New York City, and up state NY. I can play Rock, Jazz, Funk, and Latin.
I approach my teaching and lead discussions with both a concert pianist's passion and a scholarly rigor. The objective of my teaching in the classroom is to strengthen my students' pianistic skills and to nurture them as leaders in the field of musicology, music education, and professional performance. My teaching style continually adapts to students' career paths and needs. For a student who is willing to become a leader in musicology and music theory, I prepare a pop quiz and a test on transposition and score reading for each group piano class. I explain and rephrase concepts until each student understands the concepts completely. For a potential professional concert pianist, I aim to inspire passion for the piano and challenge him or her to explore a variety of repertoires. I also want to strengthen their understanding of musical character and have them associate literary figures with music such as Liszt's piano transcription of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Zelina, who both sing "La ci darem la mano". For teaching at the university level, I usually arrive to the classroom early because most of students are eager to practice before class. In the beginning of the class, I tend to invite students to share their teaching and learning experiences. For example, a music education student might share how she had to assess her student's repertoire level to scaffold her curriculum. Through listening to their errors, I hope to improve my teaching skills so my students can achieve the most favorable outcome. Toward the end of the class, I sum up the most important theme. Then, I usually stay longer because I am delighted to answer student's questions.
I am a professional composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and music teacher currently living in Boston, MA. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a BM in Songwriting. I choose to spend the vast majority of my time in music, whether recording somebody's song, writing symphonies in my bedroom, gigging in the Greater Boston Area, teaching, or just arguing about music over dinner with a friend.
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The best instrument to get would be an upright or baby grand piano. However, if your finances are limited we suggest looking at a digital keyboard. Go with the best quality keyboard that you can afford. We suggest a keyboard with weighted keys so that there is additional resistance on the keys than a toy piano would provide. Most digital keyboards start at 61 keys, and go up to a full size 88 keys. You have to consider which keyboard would fit best in your home and your budget. A beginning student should get the keyboard before or immediately after beginning lessons, so that they may begin practicing as soon as the lessons commence.
Piano lessons for children generally focus on learning the fundamentals of the technique of the instrument and learning to read music and rhythms. We suggest beginning piano lessons no earlier than age 4, due to the attention span of the child, as well as the strength they have in their hands for playing. Piano Lessons will offer an excellent introduction to learning music for a child. Music theory and musicianship skills will also be taught during the lessons. Piano lessons are a great choice for introducing the art of music to your child!
The content of each lesson is determined by the ability and experience level of each individual student. For students just starting off, the foundations of piano playing will start to be laid. This includes learning to read music and chord charts, learning their way around the piano, and learning simple scales and chords. Students can put these new skills to use through simple, entry level compositions. For intermediate pianists, they will develop some of the finer arts to piano playing, such as modulation, developing speed, and combining a wider array of chords, such as augmented and slash chords. They will also get to work on their sight reading and playing more challenging songs. Advanced students may wish to work on their improvisational skills, develop their repertoire, or study a specific genre or style of playing, such as Jazz, Baroque, or Blues. Regardless, all students will experience the joys of piano playing.
We offer piano lessons for students of all ages, including adults. Whether you are a complete beginner on the instrument, or have not played the piano in many years, the knowledgeable instructors in our network can definitely assist you on your journey of developing your musical skills.
Musika deals primarily with home lessons for students. The location is the only difference between our in-home lessons and our studio lessons. As they do not have to travel to their lessons, home piano lessons can be highly convenient for those parents and students with a busy schedule. Students will need a keyboard to practice on, however. For younger students in particular, having piano lessons in the comfort of their own home can be of great benefit. They will feel more safe and relaxed in familiar surroundings, allowing them to focus on learning and enjoying playing the piano.
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 Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
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 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 Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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.
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