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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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Aaron E In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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B.A in Piano Performance, College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, OH

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I have been playing the piano for 27 years and have been teaching children and adults for the past 9 years. I teach students of all levels proper technique, how to read music (efficiently), practical theory so that students can understand what the composer was doing and how to really listen to what they are playing. I am an experienced pop and rock keyboardist (familiar with many of the different keyboard platforms) and a jazz and classical pianist. I have played in several bands, including my present prog rock group --- Night Watch. I have also played in sketch comedy shows with Second City in Chicago.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching as a subcontractor for Encore Music and Musika for the past 5 years while living in Chicago. As well, I have had my own private studio for the past 10 years.

METHODS USED

For young beginner students, I will begin with the alfred all-in-one books. Once the student has progressed through the book, we will move on the the first Suzuki international piano book. I have used many of the pedagogy books, and I know that Suzuki does better than most at getting students to where they need to be technically and musically. Most of my youngest students will play a few of the pieces from the latter part of the first Suzuki book. If they progress quickly, then they will play from the second book. For adults, I like to identify their interests first and work to get them playing that style as soon as possible. I am happy to find easier versions of songs or pieces if it is neccesary; this all depends on the technical level of the student.  

LESSON STYLE

I believe that students need a well-rounded approach to studying the piano. I do use the Suzuki books, but I would say that I teach traditionally. I teach students to read music early on and teach students any practical music theory and technique within the framework of the pieces that we work on. How a student practices is probably the most important part of learning to play an instrument. Taking the time to learn fundamentals and how to play a piece well is 10x more valuable than racing through the piece and missing the essence of the song/piece. The beauty is in the nuances of the phrasing and expression. I encourage all of my students to work on playing technically accurate, to listen objectively as they play, to articulate the music with conviction, and to always try to move the audience with the performance. Aaron Ellison

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