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St. John's University, B.S.
Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA
Music as always been part of my life from an early age. My journey began when I started playing the violin in band. That soon transition into the alto saxophone, which I played for a few years, and then the guitar. I settled on the piano during my days in high school. I learned self-taught, but quickly fell in love with music theory, which has guided me to where I am today. While in college, I spent a lot of my hours teaching other peers the basics and theory behind the piano. Now that I am in Los Angeles, I have a home studio and workshop where I am accessible to instruct students, or meet them at their homes.
I have been teaching individuals for the last 4-5 years on and off during my years in NY. The joy I get from seeing a student progress through practice and repetition is extremely gratifying. It is a humbling experience because it takes me back to my earlier days at a pianist, and where I am grown from. I have taught kids, all the way up to adults and have love the appreciation of being able to learn something that they had no idea how to do just the day before. That progression is a success for the both of us.
I do like to create my lesson plans based on the individual and how they particular learn and receive instruction. Everything that the student learns will be in very small pieces. No particular piece will go for over 20 minutes in lesson. This way, the student will learn and build from consistence and repetition. These two values are extremely important in the early stages of development so that it can build good habits. Those habits will serve as the basis to skills that will enable the student to become advanced with proper technique.
Knowing how to teach different students is vital to the success of students. Learning about the student as a person is extremely important because it helps me understand how I can relay message to them. Teaching is all about catering to the student so that what you are trying to explain comes across as accurate and coherently as possible. Each lesson will revolve around learning something new within a short time span and also very small, so their brain can digest the knowledge, periodically increasing the workload and information.
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