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MFA, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Music Composition;
BS, Mercy College, Westchester Conservatory of Music, Music Theory and Composition;
Music Major Fiorello H. Laguardia of Music and Art;
1/2001 to 12/2003, CalArts School of Music Scholarship, Valencia, California;
Fall 2003, CalArts Library, James Elrod Scholarship, Valencia, California;
Fall 2003, FAME Church, Sarah Allen Women's Missionary Society Scholarship, Los Angeles, California;
Fall 2002, FAME Church, Men of FAME Scholarship, Los Angeles, California;
Spring 2001, FAME Church, FAME Usher Board III Henry Nelson Scholarship, Los Angeles, California
I am an accomplished piano teacher dedicated to each student I teach. I began teaching piano in high school at the age of 14 under the direction of my piano teacher, Mr. Maximillian Mendel, who influenced me to practice piano for 4 hours every day after school and after high school under him for ten years. At the Watts Towers Arts Center in Los Angeles, California, I created the piano program and taught piano there for 7 years where I taught during the week and on Saturdays. I was able to train one student, Dakota McMahand, who grew her practice time to 2 hours every day, and who took over teaching piano at Watts Towers after I left. I left the piano program at Watts Towers intact which is still operating under the auspices of the Watts Towers Arts Center and the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (as it had begun). Ms. McMahand is still teaching along with 2 other piano graduate student teachers from CalArts.
As I mentioned before, I have taught piano since the age of 14. I usually travel to the students home. I go over each student's after school schedule and habits to show how the student can fit in their piano practice time every day. Depending on the age of the student, I generally suggest 15 minutes to an 1/2 hour practice every day for beginners. I teach classical and modern music and can recompose or rewrite music for beginners from advanced music scores, hymnals, song books, etc. for the student to play. I am in the process of writing my own piano method book series for publication soon. I can do recitals with enough students and encourage my students to participate in recitals. I encourage my students greatly when their piano work is good, but do not condemn my students when their work is not so good. My plan is to build up their character as they are growing in the discipline of piano.
For children and adults, I can use the John Thompson piano book series, the Joy of Piano book series, and other piano book series depending on the student's level of development (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). The parent or student may choose classical or modern music. There are even some piano book series for ragtime. I also use the Fundamentals of Piano Theory book series by Keith Snell and Martha Ashleigh to learn about notes, sharps and flats, time signature, and etc. For adults I ask what music genre they prefer.
I have emphasized over all the years of my teaching that each of my students learn at their own pace. From my teaching experience, I can tell when to advance a student to a slightly higher level of playing. I do not encouorage my student to not advance so that in order to grow in one's playing my student should not be stuck on the same level for a huge or an overly long period of time. My 40 years of teaching has equipped me to teach my knowledge of piano to any child or adult.
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