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Settlement Music School - Philadelphia
University of the Arts( Philadelphia Musical Academy) BM cum laude
Mozarteum of the University of Salzburg
I decided early on to become a musician and pursued this goal through my education. I started piano at age 8 and continued with them for the next 15 years. I also studied trumpet from elementary school through high school. After finishing my studies I began teaching to supplement my income. It would go on to be a full time profession. I love to pass on my knowledge of the art to other generations in the way that my five teachers did for me. I still feel the passion that I had when I began to teach and hope my students will have it too.
I have taught for more than 40 years in various regions of the country. One of the things about music that I like is that you can go to different parts of this country and other s to work in your profession. I did some traveling across the country when I was younger and Taught in South Dakota and Washington states I came back to Philadelphia about 36 years ago and have remain rooted here . Not long ago I sat down and computed an estimate of the number of lessons I have taught and the total was over 75,000. I have also worked in opera and ballet companies as an accompanist and assistant conductor. I have also given solo recitals.
I use different methods for each student based on age and experience. I don't believe that there is one method which is successful with every student. Through the years I have used teaching methods written by Aaron, Thompson,Schaum, Fletcher and others. My first priority is to get the students to read music proficiently. While achieving that goal they are also relating what they read with the keys. When that is accomplished, the student is free to choose what type of music they want to play.
I make the student the focus of the lesson. I give them my complete attention. When I explain something which is new to the student I always try to have several ways to explain it. I try to keep the lessons feeling upbeat so the student can enjoy them. I do make it clear that practice is needed in order to become accomplished. It is no different from homework that they get from school. I do not impose my personal interest on the student. I know that everyone has differing tastes. My first and only goal is that the student play the instrument to the best of their ability.
I am totally enjoying my teacher. He's very knowledgeable and interesting and understands what I want to accomplish. He has a very pleasant and kind manner.
Ed is very patient with me and encourages me every step of the way
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