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Instruments: Piano Voice Trumpet Trombone Saxophone Clarinet Drums Recorder Euphonium Tuba Keyboard
As a performing professional Musician who is continually learning, I would like to pass-on what I have gained throughout numerous years of Musical experiences. Having graduated with degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and from The Juilliard School, I "incorporate" Music Theory, Sight-reading and Ear Training as essential dimensions of my lessons, with the addition of playing Duets. Having performed under the direction of the world's most renown conductors [including Leanard Bernstein] and with Musicians, along with having studied with the finest instrumentalists are highlights of my career, along with having played Principal Trombone in the Norwalk Symphony for more than 16 years, having substituted on Broadway, and traveled with two International touring companys' Broadway Show productions. Read More
Instruments: Piano Music Keyboard
I took classical piano lessons from the age of four to fourteen. After a brief break, I started playing keyboards in rock bands around Tokyo. In college, I became interested in jazz and composition. After graduating from Waseda University with a degree in social science, I started performing jazz around Tokyo. T-toc Records released my first album in 2011 and this was followed by a tour around Japan promoting the recording. Read More
Instruments: Piano Drums
I embrace using music as a vehicle for igniting a passion for learning and discovery throughout students academic careers. As a highly unique vital art form that promotes a method of expression of inimitable beauty, music can brighten the days of every human being. I want to be a part of this process in the lives of my students. I have had been teaching private lessons since my High School years and have had students in my home studio for the last 5 years. Read More
Instruments: Piano Drums Orchestral Percussion Djembe
I began to teach music when I was in college, giving private drum lessons to several students. Since graduating, I have spent time teaching at several different after school music programs, teaching drum set and piano to students of all ages. I found that I really enjoy communicating with students and helping them find their own passion for music. To me, music is about having fun - this is what I strive to bring out in our lessons! Read More
Instruments: Piano Flute Recorder Piccolo
I began teaching while in college and have now been teaching for 11 years. My students have ranged in age from 3-60. Since getting my Suzuki Flute certification in 2008, I have found the Suzuki method a great way to start young beginners. In addition to giving private lessons, I taught group flute classes for 3 years with the Harmony Program My students are encouraged to participate in ensembles, competitions and recitals as having such goals is a great motivation for practice and musical growth. Read More
Instruments: Piano Saxophone Flute Clarinet
I had a very unique opportunity to be mentored by the legendary drummer/bandleader/NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton. I spent a lot of time with him on and off the stage. I was observing and loving all of these moments on tour and in the studio. I learned so many things from him, most importantly what it means to be a teacher. In order to teach, one should never stop learning. Read More
Did you have a teacher that inspired you to go into music? How did they inspire you?
As a 3rd grader I was lucky to have a music teacher who was an opera singer. She was young and attractive, kind, inspirational, and extremely well loved. We all had recordings of her performances that we cherished and listened to often. We also often sang the songs she taught us at choir practice. Loving those songs and singing them were my initial introduction to the world of musical performance. Two years later I began taking piano lessons at the music conservatory. At the time I was full of thoughts about my choir teacher and what she had taught us. I knew that she was classically trained and began her career as a student at the same conservatory I was now attending. At the conservatory, my first piano teacher was very similar to my beloved choir teacher. She, too, was young, enthusiastic and kind. Practicing and going to my lessons became a part of my life from that time forward. Pretty soon I could not imagine my life without them! I believe their inspiration stemmed from their love of music, beauty of their personality, kindness and enthusiasm.
Do you use specific teaching methods or books? (Ex: Alfred, Bastion, Suzuki, Hal Leonard) Why did you choose them if you did?
I teach classical piano and am a conservatory trained pianist and teacher with strong academic background. As a result my teaching methods reflect my classical background. This means that I use the methods used in most conservatories with a leaning on the German technique, as my former teacher was a German trained pianist and composer. I emphasize a relaxed and natural hand position that uses the natural weight of the pianist’s arms and elbows and an awareness of the student’s posture. I recommend that my students spend a small amount of time working on their technique and warm up prior to practicing their main pieces. As for the musical material, I use classical piano textbooks such as Beyer’s elementary piano method, Bach's Anna Magdalena Notebook, Mozart and Beethoven’s easy pieces, Chopin’s preludes and easy waltzes and Bartok's Mikrokosmos for the beginner to early intermediate students. I have used easy arrangements of classical pieces when my students requested to play those, as I am flexible with the musical choices of my students once they have gained some of the basic musical techniques. To address my students’ goals I often ask them about their musical interests and request that they think about the pieces that they would ideally like to play. I will then and try to incorporate versions of those pieces or segments of those pieces in order to keep the student inspire and focused on their goals. Those who do not prefer to focus on an ideal piece as a goal usually follow the gradual progression of pieces from simpler compositions to the more complex with a balanced mix of compositions from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century composers.
What does a normal practice session look like for you?
A small initial segment of the practice should focus on exercises and warm up. The main proportion of the time should be used to master the new pieces. This is often accomplished by focusing on the problem areas. This narrow focus is then balanced in the end as I recommend that they finish their practice by playing the entire piece from beginning to end without interruption. When there is additional time I encourage my students to practice memorize or review some of the older pieces so that they could maintain a body of pieces that they could always perform.
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