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Frank D In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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Frank D In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Showtunes

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BA, Music, UCLA; MA, Music, California State University, Long Beach

Overview:
I started studying piano in my early teens and have continued studying all of my life.  Even to this day I still practice 30-45 minutes every morning.  I have played professionally all of my life as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental soloists, and having taught high school choral music for over 20 years, accompanied a variety of vocal ensembles.  I have performed for weddings, banquets, parties, and civic gatherings, and have been my church's pianist and chief musician for the past 15 years.                                
EXPERIENCE
I taught high school choral music for over 20 years in Southern California.  I have been teaching private piano for the last 15 years, the past 4 years in my piano studio and prior to that, 10 years with the Frisco School of Music in Frisco TX.  I am a member of Music Teachers National Associaton, Texas Music Teachers Assocation, and locally, the Denton Music Teachers Association. I have played much jazz in my experience as a pianist, therefore am able to offer instruction in jazz and improvisation.
METHODS USED
My method of teaching puts emphasis on the keyboard fundamentals that develop sound piano technique. I use a systematic approach in which the student progresses from their present level, whatever it may be, beginner, intermediate, or advanced, to their next level in a reasonable time. For students at the beginning or intermediate-beginning levels, I would choose from the Faber, Albert, Leonard, or Thompson piano methods.  For intermediate and advanced students, I would continue, at least to begin with, the method they are presently using, and for adults I would guide my instruction based on their interest.  
LESSON STYLE
I have three areas of emphasis in my teaching: provide the student with a balanced repertoire, demand correct technique, and require a solid foundation in music theory.  I will provide my students with opportunities to participate in recitals, festivals, contests, and state theory exams. Students are given clear and precise instruction at each weekly lesson as to what they should accomplish in their practice sessions during the week for the succeeding week. The student's daily practice session is a major factor in their study of piano.
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