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MM, Denver University, Jazz Piano (In Progress) BM, Berklee College Of Music, Piano Performance University of Cincinnati CCM Jazz and Classical Studies on Jazz Piano and Jazz Saxophone (1991-1993) Saxophone Studies at Ohio Northern University
Performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. 1997 Berklee Pianist Award 1994 Berklee College Of Music Scholarship Awars 1991 University Of Cincinnati Scholarships for Jazz Piano and Jazz Saxophone Studies
I love music, and I love teaching and sharing my knowledge about music. I have performed all over the world playing all kinds of music. Music has given me the opportunity to travel all over and meet all kinds of people. I have loved music since I was a little baby. I used to listen to records and tapes all the time growing up. I knew I wanted to be a professional musician one day. There is a secret to becoming a great player, and that is to never stop taking lessons and playing music. Most people that you think are amazingly talented has practiced 10,000 hours on their instruments or more. I started lessons on piano and saxophone when I was 9 yeas old and took lessons until I graduated high school. I continued studying music formally in college and on my own. It's a lifelong journey. I have a very high student retention rate with students staying with me for 10-15 years.
My teaching experience dates back to when I was 16 years old and started teaching students from the church that I played piano at. I've been teaching full time since I was 25 years old, and I love teaching. I believe students progress faster when they are learning to play their favorite songs, and are having fun with learning to play the piano. I also encourage students to learn to improvise and compose their own music by teaching them composition, harmony, rhythm, and practicing to backing tracks. My students love coming to piano lessons, and develop a love for music.
For beginner students, we start off using the beginning books from "Piano Adventures" by Faber & Faber, and published by Hal Leonard. They learn to read music, improvise, music theory, and play all style of music. A typical lesson for an elementary school student would be 10 min of playing assigned pieces that they've practiced for the week, 10 min of new songs for the next week, 5 min of music theory, and 5 min of some sort of musical game. Learning to play the piano is a long range project. Students can learn to play songs at their very first lesson. The longer the student sticks with learning to play and keeps the routine of coming to lessons consistently can expect great results.
I love watching my students develop a love of playing music. It's so much fun to learn to play and perform. I encourage hard work and preparation for recitals and concerts. I teach students how to teach themselves by use of recording themselves and to learn how to ask themselves questions and observations to make maximum progress. I personalize my lessons to the goals of the students. If a student wants to learn the "Star Wars Theme", then we work on that as well as working through their lesson books. I don't believe on working on a couple of pieces for 12 months, unless they are preparing for a college audition or competition. Most students will work on a recital piece for 2-3 months in addition to having new songs on a weekly basis.
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