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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Gospel, Spirituals, Swing

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Harlan O In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Gospel, Spirituals, Swing

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master of the Arts in Music Composition, San Jose State University, 2014

Bachelor of the Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004

Awards:

Cabrillo College Composition Contest, first place, 2006

Cabrillo College Excellence in Music Award, 2000

Bud Kretschmer Award in Piano Performance, 1999

 

Overview:

I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and began playing piano at age 9 with the help of my older sister who also played piano. During my high school years, I focused on composition, which became my main area of study during college. Through my college training at the University of California in Santa Cruz and San Jose State University I supported myself by giving piano lessons, playing organ and piano for churches, and working as a freelance pianist. Currently, I am happy to be spending my time honing my keyboard abilities, teaching others to love the piano and music in general, and composing new pieces of music. 

EXPERIENCE

2011-2012: Teaching Assistant, San Jose State University

2010-present: Piano, percussion, and voice teacher with Musika

2010: Substitute accompanist at Willow Glen United Methodist Church

2008-2009: Accompanist for James Lick High School

2007-present: Organist/Pianist for Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church

2006-7: Accompanist for Scotts Valley Unified School District

2005-2006: Accompanist and Teaching Assistant with Cabrillo Youth Choir

2005: Composer and Percussionist for "Oedipus Rex," Cabrillo Stage; Substitute Accompanist at St. Joseph's Church in Capitola, California

2004: Accompanist with the Santa Cruz Summer Singers

2003: Teaching Assistant for History of Western Art Music, University of California, Santa Cruz

2000-2001: Teaching Assistant and Tutor in music theory, musicianship, piano, and world music studies at Cabrillo College

1998: Began working as a freelance piano teacher and keyboard player

METHODS USED

My favorite piano method book for children is the Bastien Piano Basics Series. Alternately, I sometimes use the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures. For very young children (3-6) "My First Piano Adventure," a Faber publication, is my book of choice. For adults, I usually use Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, though sometimes I skip method books and play pieces picked by the student. When teaching drums/percussion, my method books of choice are Standard of Excellence and Winning Rhythms.

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I teach in a firm, thorough style, and prefer to emphasize the importance of basic body position and movements through both technical exercises and the repertoire of piano pieces. Reading music is another ability I believe is essential and I always teach this skill to students of any age.

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