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Private study in piano for eight years before college; several music courses in college, observation of many lessons from an award-winning piano teacher as she taught my son, who now is a professional classical pianist with a doctorate in piano performance.
I have played piano since about age 4, starting lessons at 5 and studying privately for about 8-9 years before college. I did not major in music in college, but I continued to play and occasionally teach piano and guitar. After a career as a university professor, I have moved toward my love of music by playing and teaching, mainly piano but also beginning guitar. I have taught for about 9-10 years total, for a music store and in my home. I have recently moved to Kyle, where I now have a group of 14 students. I love to help students develop their musical abilities and love of music, partly be choosing music that fits the student's interests. I have never had a student quit due to not being satisfied with my lessons.
I raised a son who is now a classical pianist by profession, helping with his education and observing his teachers. I have mainly taught early-level piano students in the lower grades in school, but I have some adult intermediate level and beginner students and a few teens.
In guitar, I mainly teach beginning level, consisting largely of chords, accompanying singing, and some tab reading. I have performed as a singer with guitar, mainly folk music, and that is what I like to teach. But my main instrument is piano.
Although I have been involved in studying and performing music since an early age, I did not teach music much until I retired from my career as a university professor. Since then I have taught for about 5-6 years total, both beginning guitar and piano (beginning through intermediate), first for a music store and later in my home. I have recently moved to Kyle, where I am beginning to develop my teaching studio.
.I have recently been a Music Director at an Episcopal Church, where I played organ and piano, and occasionally guitar, for services every week for over two years.
For piano: I usually start with Piano Adventures method books, which I supplement with pieces that pique the student's interest. I have a large library of music books, from which I can select pieces that fit the needs of the student. I especially like to introduce familiar tunes as early as possible, which usually motivates the student. At the appropriate point, I start introducing repertoire from the classical tradition, but I will also use pop and folk music where it is desired.
For adult beginners, I would use Hal Leonard Adult Piano Lessons.
I like to get to know my students so that I can tailor the lessons and materials to their own interests. We have a mostly informal interaction, but I point out ways to improve playing at each lesson. I enjoy watching a student make progress and help celebrate when a particular goal is reached (such as the completion of a lesson book or the mastering of an important piece). Generally my lessons are enjoyable for both of us, and I strive to use praise more than criticism. So far I have had success in creating a positive, friendly relationship to my students.
She does great with my son!
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