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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic

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Austin K In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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*Studied 2 Years at William Paterson University Jazz Studies Program for Piano Performance *I have been playing piano for the past 30 years, studying with a variety of teachers and professors from academic institutions.

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I started playing piano at the age of 8.  Since then I have studied throughout my grade and high school years with a number of teachers and college professors.  I continued my musical education after being accepted to the internationally renowned William Paterson University's Jazz Studies Program (consistently ranked in the top 5 jazz programs in the nation) at which I studied for two years.  I am a professional musician who has participated in a wide variety of gigs including weddings, corporate events, bands, churches and commercial composing.

EXPERIENCE

I have been playing the piano for about 30 years.  I have 10 years of teaching experience with a proven track record of retaining students.  I have taught a wide variety of students of all ages, skill-levels and backgrounds.  I have been working for Musika for 10 years.  In addition, I have experience teaching at several music studios and an after-school program focussed on enriching the lives of under-priviledged children through musical performance.  Many of my students have participated in recitals and competitions throughout the tri-state area.

METHODS USED

I subscribe to the Faber and Faber Method, Suzuki Method and Bastien Classical Series for beginning students.  The repertoire is supplemented with technical and sight reading exercises.  I especially subsribe to the Hanon Exercises which are a great tool for building finger strength, dexterity and technical mastery.  I expect my students to have a firm understanding of a variety of scales and chords (considered to be the building blocks of music) for which I subscribe to the Guild Musicianship Book as a good starting point.  I administer exams to all my students which include the subjects of scales, chords, terms, theory and repertoire performance.  Once a certain level is achieved I tend to diverge from method books and more towards individual larger-scale works.  I like to give my students a solid classical foundation first, upon which thereafter I am open to exploring other styles of music including jazz, blues, gospel and popular music.  I encourage my students to participate in recitals, competitions and to compose their own music.

LESSON STYLE

I am a patient instructor who likes to keep a relaxed atmosphere throughout the lessons while at the same time fostering an intensive learning environment.  I am especially good with children.  I expect my students to work hard, but my philosophy is that music should never become a chore.  It is my hope that music should allow my students to discover a part of themselves that they never knew existed, but above all playing music should be about having fun!

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