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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Musical Theater, Electronic, Showtunes, New Age

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Anne F In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Musical Theater, Electronic, Showtunes, New Age

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 9-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BA-English

1970

University of Oklahoma

Studied piano with graduates of Moscow Conservatory, Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University 

 

Overview:

I am 74 years young, have been married for 42 years, have six children, two birth and four adopted from Ethiopia, live near Parker on a 5-acre property with 4 horses, several dogs and a husband. I am healthy, flexible and friendly. I play with a flutist at several assisted living facilities. We play the oldies, a couple of classical pieces, a march, a polka and seasonal music that the residents recognize (at least they recognize most of the songs). I also play with a trio. I have played with the flutist and the trio for more than 12 years. I have been trying to learn the cello and viola for quite a while and have taken many lessons on these instruments.

EXPERIENCE

For the past 30 years, I have been teaching students of all ages in my home and in their homes. I have had funny twin boys, serious adults who don't really care much for theory and teenage girls. I even was lucky enough to have as a student a young lady who was crowned Miss Colorado. When I began teaching, students always came to my home. There was a time I was teaching 50 students and had to have two separate recitals-it was great! Since moving just outside of Parker, I have traveled to students' homes. I enjoy teaching very much. I also taught English and Spanish in high school, many years ago!!!

METHODS USED

I have tried almost every method book available. Once I have met a student, it is important that I find instruction books that I hope will be appealing to the student. Basic theory is absolutely fundamental to learning to play. There are many different theory books as well as online theory lessons. However, at the very beginning of lessons, I like to use manuscript paper and ask the student to write his/her own music. Drawing a grand staff and then drawing notes on the staff help the student understand how music is written. Once basic theory is introduced, I look for music that I hope the student will enjoy playing. I know that there is music I love to play and music I would rather not play. It is important to find at least once piece that the student really likes and looks forward to playing. For more advanced students, I like to cover music from the various periods-Baroque-Modern. I also like to introduce the major time periods of music as well as the major composers. I have written very easy biographies of the composers with a work sheet to accompany and reinforce the information.

LESSON STYLE

My teaching style is dependent on the particular student. For all students, I work to not over assign pieces. There is so much to learn in music, it can be tempting to try to teach concepts too quickly. However, an organized, logical approach that introduces one concept at a time works best. The best music theory teacher I have had was organized and was able to stick to teaching one concept at a time, with sequential lessons building on the information from the previous lesson. And he made sure the students in the class really understood what he was talking about before moving on. There isn't much point in introducing 16th notes if a student doesn't clearly understand whole, half, quarter and eighth notes. I am very patient. No matter how long it takes, making sure a student understands step 1 before going to step 2 is critical!

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