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Marika T In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, New Age

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Marika T In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, New Age

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BM, Berklee College of Music, Film Scoring BM, Shobi Music College (Japan), Composition

Awards:

2012 Robert Share Awards, Berklee College of Music

2009 - 2012 Dean's list, Berklee College of Music

2005 - 2009 Dean's list, Shobi Music College

Overview:

I'm a passionate and inspiring piano instructor, and I love teaching to all levels of students. I am a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music with diploma in Film Scoring, also have degree in Composition from Shobi Music College in Japan. I have played piano since the age of three and have experience playing violin and french horn for years as well when I was a child. My careers include releasing my own piano albums, scoring and piano performance for short films (see the youtube link for reference), orchestration for educational projects, score preparation for films and a planetarium show at Boston Science of Museum and so on. Additionally, I am going to release my new album through a record label in Los Angels this summer and continuously working as a pianist and composer both internationally and locally. I apply those careers and experiences to teaching as well. My home studio is located in Jamaica Plain, there is a keyboard with 88 keys for piano lessons, and all the equipments for writing music as well.  

EXPERIENCE

My teaching experiences include teaching piano to young children and adults, and teaching Japanese to adults. I also have experiences working with children and their teacher as a piano accompanist at a local community center. I always love working with children as they constantly surprise me by their potentials and talents. I am a very patient and fun teacher who is making relaxing environments for students in all ages and all levels. Also if they wish, I am able to teach composition, orchestration, score preparation, sequencing and other topics as well as music theory. 

METHODS USED

For beginning young students, I typically use method book written by Bastien, Alfred and so on. Once the students start understanding the concepts of notes, rests and other basic elements, I use small pieces of easy and famous music so they can find joy to play piano, or concepts of making music by piano. Then as it goes on, I typically offer them their favorite songs (as long as they're in their appropriate levels), since having fun is one of the most important things in learning instruments. For adults, I typically ask them to bring pieces of music they want to play, so we can set specific goals. Then find the best ways to be able to play those pieces. Additionally, basic practice is very important in my theory, so I ask them to practice scales or exercise in their own time. Even it's just 20 minutes a day, it's still very effective that they do that everyday.  

LESSON STYLE

I set up small goals that can be achieved by students over the time. If they are beginner, it can be understanding the certain basic elements and being able to play small pieces of music. If they are intermediate or higher, it can be playing pieces that are appropriate for the their levels. The pieces are typically something students want to play, so they can have fun as well as achieving certain goals.  

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