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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trombone
Styles: Folk, Classical, Country, Jazz, R&b, Pop, Musical Theater, Rock, Showtunes, Blues, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Marching Band

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Jane Z In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trombone
Styles: Folk, Classical, Country, Jazz, R&b, Pop, Musical Theater, Rock, Showtunes, Blues, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BS, University of Connecticut, Music Education MM, University of Connecticut, Master of Music
Overview:
I'm an enthusiastic, energetic, kind and dedicated music instructor. As passionate as I am about music, I am even more so about the students I teach. I graduated from the University of Connnecticut, Storrs, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1972, and a Master of Music degree, with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy in 1980. As an undergraduate my major instruments were piano and trombone. I was in the UConn Marching Band and had the great fortune to perform on my trombone in Europe during the 1970 Marching Band Tour.
EXPERIENCE
I have been a music teacher since 1972, teaching classroom music, as well as being a Choir and Band Director, in Vernon, Glastonbury and West Hartford. Especially popular were my guitar and music of the theater classes. I have also directed various musicals on the Middle School level, such as You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, Babes in Arms, Oliver and others. At times, I even accompanied the shows on piano as I directed! During my years of classroom teaching I also taught private piano and guitar lessons in my home and in my students' homes.
METHODS USED
I believe that aside from developing a sense of accomplishment and pride in my students, as they improve on their instrument, it is essential that from the beginning they learn to sight read, and this is especially true on the piano. The joy that they derive in their later years, when the lessons stop, when they are able to pick up a piece of music and play it, is invaluable. Over the years I have used the John Thompson and John W. Schaum series, which include playing, theory lessons, note spellers and repertoire pieces. I use Czerny and Hanon method books for finger dexterity, agility and scale work.
LESSON STYLE
A principle that I have lived by in the 45 plus years that I have taught, is that I am teaching the STUDENT as an individual with a particular personality, learning style, level of patience, tolerance for making mistakes and openness to trying new things. I do not teach MUSIC; I use it as the vehicle for learning. When a teacher really understands the nature of the student and shows his/her commitment to making every lesson a successful and happy experience for him/her, then the process of learning to play an instrument becomes a mutual and fulfilling experience.
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