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BA jazz piano New School University
Music is my life. I actually enjoy teaching music and being creative with all ages and all kinds of people. I’ve had the opportunity to play all over the world with jazz bands, Afro Cuban ensembles, top 40 bands as well as my own band which is a mix of original music that is jazz, r and b, soul, hip hop, reggae, latin and funk. I also direct a singing group in Richmond called Voices of Reason. I currently have four albums out. One was just released this year and is called Unfold and available on all platforms.
I’ve been teaching music since I was a teenager. I’ve taught at various music schools in New York and also California. I’ve worked with very young beginners as well as seniors who are beginning. I’ve worked with people who have all kinds of learning and physical disabilities. I really love teaching (people who want to be taught and who love music). I don’t love people who are being forced to take lessons. I love bringing out each person’s individual creative music flavor and making it come to life.
For every piano student they will learn theory/ ear training, technique (scales, finger exercises etc..)reading (Sight reading and reading music), and then fun part. Fun part is different for each student and depends on what kind of music they like and also what skills they want to strengthen. It could be learning to sing and play a song at the same time. Or how to jam with others. Or writing their own song. Or just learning an interesting piece. Vocal students learn basic vocal warm up techniques, Theory/ ear training, improv techniques, and learn to memorize and perform songs. And of course always room for fun part which could be lots of things. Writing your own music. Making an acapella project. Collaborating with others. Learning cover songs. Etc...
For piano the first part of the lesson is always technique (like doing push ups and running laps before u get on the court or field). Scales, Hanon, arpeggios etc... Then working on reading music and learning repertoire. Also fun parts, which depend on the student. Fun parts could be learning chord progressions of their favorite songs or writing their own music, or learning an cool jazz or rock jam song, learning how to be comfortable improvising, jamming with others etc.. For voice students lessons begin with vocal warm ups, a bit of either ear training or improv exercises, then learning to sing/ memorize/ perform songs. Possibly accompany yourself on piano if u want to learn how.
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