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Bachelor's in Fine Arts, International Academy of Design and Technology
I've always loved the power of music and sharing my knowledge and experience of it with others. I've been playing the piano and guitar since I was in high school, either with friends or just playing solo pieces. I've been reading music since middle school, when I picked up the trombone in the school band and was introduced to what music can do you for you as well as whatever group you're in. I took many music classes at IADT that reinvigorated my passion for music and I graduated there with a Bachelor's. Lately i've been helping my little brother and my friends get into the piano by teaching them mini-lessons, as well as jamming with friends on the guitar. I am ready to bring this knowledge to whoever is curious!
I was taught piano lessons at age 9 but lost contact with the teacher after a couple of years because we moved. From middle school on I joined the school band and stuck with it until the end of high school. Sometime in high school I picked up the piano again and have been playing it ever since. At IADT I took some keyboarding classes and I really enjoyed the experience; it made me play the piano like never before and inspired me to want to teach the instrument myself. Lately I've been teaching my little brother piano playing on the side when I go over to my parent's house, he is really enthusiastic about playing for me and asks many questions while aptly listening to me. I also help out a couple of my friends that either used to play the piano or are just interested in the instrument and need a primer to get them going. I really enjoy when I can make others passionate about something I love by my example and that is why teaching is so wonderful. I hope to make all my students love playing music as much as I do!
The first step of teaching an instrument to anyone is accurately finding out how experienced they are with the instrument. As far as beginners go, when I was taught piano I used Alfred's Basic Piano library, among other similar books. I felt nothing was forced or unnecessary with those books, and it gives a good opportunity to set a nice goal-oriented pace with moving on up in skill level all the way to the upper intermediate level. There is also an Alfred's adult course for the older students. It really conveys everything from actual performance pieces to theory concepts. Once the basics of the piano are learned (i.e reading music, note names and finger positions etc.), pieces will begin to be played. Not to place all my eggs in one basket, I will also personally pick pieces I feel are appropriate with the current skill level of the student, ranging from pop to classical to ragtime to anything I feel would be fun and challenging. Also, for the experienced student trying to immerse themselves fully in piano I would suggest The Piano Handbook by Carl Humphries. It is by far the most comprehensive single book i've ever come across.
I'm not one to push a student too hard; after a certain point, it becomes counter-productive. Everyone is going to progress at their own rate and it's my job to find out what that rate is. Naturally different people will gravitate towards different things. By putting some time in and figuring out their strengths and weaknesses, I can address certain concepts accordingly. Personal preference is very important; you can't force enthusiasm. It may or may not come easily, but I intend to make it a worthy and enjoyable experience!
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