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Greg M In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Marching Band

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Greg M In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Emory University - BA in Piano. Studied with Dr. William Ransom, Deborah Slover, and Gary Motley.

New York University - MM in Collaborative Piano. Studied with Dr. Grant Wenaus and Dr. Joseph Church.

Awards:

2008 - 1st place in both GMEA and GMTA state-wide piano competition.

2013 - 1st place in ICCA southeast regional quarterfinal, serving as Music Director for a cappella vocal group. I also earned the Outstanding Arrangement award.

2019 - Suzi Bass Award nominee for Best Music Direction.

 

Overview:

I am a passionate and compassionate teacher who loves working with students from all walks of life. I accept all types of interest in learning - whether it is a young beginner, an advanced college graduate, or an adult picking up where they left off, I cater my teaching strategies to each individual student. I have been teaching since before I graduated from college in 2013, and many of my students have gone on to study music in college and begin their careers as musicians with great success. Having grown up in a musical family, I have been studying and performing since before I can remember. Through music directing musicals in New York City to touring across the US and Europe, music has been my constant companion. For me, music is a rich source of joy, peace, discipline, excitement, pride, and perspective. It is my duty and privilege to pass on the wonderful things I have learned to the next generation of brilliant musicians.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching since college, when I started a small private studio consisting of classmates, children, and adults. Since then, I have been consistently teaching in a variety of settings, including my home studio, private music academies, online lessons, and piano courses for music majors. The core of my teaching philosophy is that learning music should be enjoyable and fulfilling. I have found that allowing my students to have a say in the pieces they learn is a great way to encourage personal investment and enjoyment in learning. The other key point I teach is consistent and methodical practicing, especially for younger students. The greatest thing I can teach someone is how to learn on their own. To this end, I teach my students how to practice well and solve their own technical problems.

METHODS USED

For beginners who are children, I usually start with a method book series such as Bastien or Faber. As soon as it is appropriate, I also begin teaching fundamentals like scales, arpeggios, sight-reading, and supplemental technical training (Hanon exercises, for example). I also like to introduce works by famous composers as soon as I can - they come in all levels of difficulty and provide an opportunity to teach some music history. Music theory is a constant theme as well. Throughout each lesson, I link theoretical concepts to their real-world applications in order to build a firm understanding of music theory. For adults or students who are not beginners, I try to find out the needs or desires of each student and develop a plan accordingly to keep lessons engaging and instructive.

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Nothing brings me more pride and happiness than seeing my students learn and grow! In order to ensure this for each student, I pay close attention to what that student responds to best. I can therefore set realistic goals, which, when met, allow my students to naturally develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments - which I encourage by acknowledging those accomplishments and showing my own excitement and pride. This helps fuel a thirst to learn more and helps me understand what inspires each student. Through this process, I can cater my teaching to each student and build within them a sense of ownership and enjoyment.

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