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MM in Piano Performance, Miami University;BM in Piano Performance, Baldwin - Wallace University; Ohio Department of Education Alternative Resident Educator License in the Designated Subject Area of Music
2008 - Miami University School of Music Talent Award Scholarship
2003 - Baldwin - Wallace Conservatory of Music Talent Award Scholarship
Since I was inspired to play piano by ear after hearing a Mozart piano sonata when I was five, my love of music brought me to many places performing professionaly, whether it's a Dvorak trio, a big band standard, or a Daft Punk cover. I began my formal training at the Cleveland Institute of Music for eleven years, while also studying violin, percussion, trumpet, and composing along the way. Beginning by performing as a freelance accompanist, church organist, and teaching piano at Baldwin - Wallace College, I've gone on to play at the University of Connecticut Chamber Music Festival in 2009, and earned my Master's in piano performance in 2010. Shortly after, I joined Musika, and I currently play piano and keyboard with the 338th Army Band.
I've been teaching since 2006 at Baldwin - Wallace College, where I became an Adjunct Lecturer in Piano by the recommendation of the piano pedagogy faculty in 2007. When in town, I've been teaching students primarily from ages 5-25, in traditional repertory and to help other older musicians hone specific skills. I've taught students who have played in recitals, church services; including students who composed music that appeared in the Cannes International Film Festival, and students who wished to only play privately. I pride myself in my strong technique which I credit to my background with the Cleveland Institute of Music, which is one of the biggest benefits that my students quickly take on. I specialize in teaching classical music, and I also teach basic jazz and pop improvisation, to all ages.
For beginning students, I typically start with Piano Adventures. Advanced beginners usually have other excellent methods such as Bastien, Schuam, or Alfred, and I use any method which is acceptable. Adults, or more advanced students, usually have a particular interest in a certain style of music or keyboard skill which I help cultivate. Though nothing matches the sound, subtlety and feel of an acoustic - the essence of the art of the classical tradition - I encourage students to use MIDI-aided learning tools to develop their sight-reading skills. Students may use either a weighted-action digital pkeyboard/piano or an acoustic piano for home practice.
Generally speaking, music is not necessary, but it is essential to have fun learning it! Regardless of a student's reason for taking lessons, I believe in giving all students an equally high level of opportunity and guidance, and I take responsibility for ensuring they grow as a well-rounded musician. As long as realistic goals are set, a regular practice routine can be established. As a teacher, I enjoy seeing students develop a love for learning music. Above all, consistency is extremely important to studying music, and practice is the single most important factor that sets apart successful students from those who do not grow.
Great teacher. Very patient and soft spoken. He teaches to student's ability level, moving quickly when skills are mastered and taking time when needed.
Great Teacher. We are very pleased with the way that he works with our son. He is very patient and kind. When something needs to be corrected he patiently shows my son how to correct it and moves on.
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
We are thrilled with the instruction Daniel has been providing our daughters. They are very comfortable with him and he is very patient with them. We look forward to continuing our lessons and would recommend Daniel to our friends without hesitation.
My sons and I are enjoying our piano lessons with Dan. He is a patient and can easily work with any age group. I would highly recommend him to my friends.
Very patient and pleasent. Makes learning easy for our daughter.
Dan has been very patient and helpful. He is courteous and personable. Very good experience.
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