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BA, Malone University, Commeric
I'm an enthusiastic musician who has been teaching in Brooklyn and the surrounding area for the last ten years. I teach students of all ages and interests - from the basics of piano to the most advanced music theory. My background is in classical music and I take a holistic approach to teaching. Whether you're learning to play for the first time, are preparing for a music audition, competition, or exam, or just want to develop a new hobby, I look forward to meeting you and working with you towards a deeper love of music.
I began teaching while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at Malone University, where I earned a degree in Commercial Music Technology, but also studied piano pedagogy. I taught students through the Piano Preparatory department at Malone for two years. After graduating and moving to New York, I began to teach privately. I also spent a year teaching at the Mike Risko Music School in Ossining, New York. I have a small number of students who I teach in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I look forward to meeting and working with you!
I use the Faber & Faber or Alfred teaching methods with students who are beginners. These methods teach note reading skills, music theory, aural and ear training skills, sight reading, and transposition. If you are a transfer student and have worked with a previous instructor, I'm happy to use the method books you're familiar with. For intermediate and advanced players, the focus is on technique and piano repertoire. I expect all of my students to practice regularly and will help you strategize the best way to incorporate successful practice methods into your training.
Nothing is more important than meeting my students where they are at. While I use the same method books, I understand that progress looks different for each student. Learning piano should not only be rewarding, it should also be fun! In each lesson, I try to maintain an environment of learning while also using a variety of games, activities, and exercises around the concept of the day. I expect consistent practice from all of my students - there's no progress without it - but how that practice looks varies from student to student and their own music goals.
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