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Bachelor of Arts with Major in Computer Science was completed in 1980 at University of Oregon.
Music certification was from the Grove School of music in 1986, with emphasis on Keyboards-- see Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Grove
I have been with Musika in the Nashville/Brentwood area for ten years after a twelve year hiatus from teaching. Before touring as a full-time artist starting in 1998 I had already taught piano and voice for fourteen years in the Los Angeles area. Some of my former students are themselves music teachers and professional musicians. I can give recommendations if need be. I have been a professional musician for over thirty years. I really love introducing students of all ages to the piano because I feel I can make a huge difference in their lives; I can give them the self-confidence that comes with the discovery of an instrument which results in increased self-confidence, concentration and physical skill. I enjoy laying a solid musical foundation while avoiding the development of habits that can hinder performance in later years of study.
Live Performance as a Keyboardist and Vocalist with Name Musical Acts—1990 to 1993 As a member of the Crews Coalition, the back-up band employed by the promoter Pacific Concert Group and ITP Records, I performed with and wrote the arrangements for over forty hit acts in major venues here and abroad. These venues seated as high as 25,000 people.
Featured as a vocalist on the local cable broadcast of “One Spirit TV” weekly for three years which aired on Los Angeles publc television---1995-1998
Performed at the Thousand Oaks Civic Auditorium for the TCI cable program “Music Infinite” --1997
Opened for “The Friends of Distinction”, a benefit concert in Woodland Hills, Ca. – June 1998
Live hour radio broadcast on CSA Country Jam program in Laurel, MD—May, 2001
Sang at the Bluebird Café, Nashville, TN —Sept, 2004
Weekly television appearances on public access television channel 13 as a vocalist viewed in Los Angeles and surrounding cities—1994 through 1997
Performance on “Nashville On Stage” television program—April 15th 2006
Performed in the stadium in Bayonne, New Jersey at the “Relay For Life” Performances on Jesse Goldberg Show on Channel 19 in Nashville, TN---May and August 2007
Featured on Tampa Bayʼs “10” Morning Show titled “Studio 10”, the largest CBS affiliate in the country (April 2007) Headliner at the Belle Mehus Theatre in Bismarck, North Dakota on April 6th, 2009 with the Scott Prebys Orchestra
Work as a Music Director-- Topanga Canyon Church —1986, 1987
Organist and Conductor for church services Center For Positive Living, Simi Valley, Ca.---1994 through 1998
Conducted and hired musicians for a weekend local access cable show televised throughout Los Angeles. In charge of and performed all incidental music to the Sunday service. RSI National Conference –1997, 1998
Coordinated all musical activities for the week-long conference of ministers and attendees. Performed and conducted concerts in 1000-seat auditorium for one week each year. “Hands Across The Parklands” (Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory)—April 1998 A community event where I performed original material simulcast over television and radio throughout Los Angeles
I was introduced as a 6 year old into the Thompson and Diller Quayle methods via my classical piano instructor who was a college professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My jazz instruction took me through the Michael Aaron method and the Mikrokosmos. At Instrumental Music in Los Angeles we favored the Bastien and Alfred methods, and since moving here to Nashville I have added the Faber & Faber method and the brand new Helen Marlais system to my repertoire. Each method has it's own advantages; I like to select a method based on the learning style and needs of the student. I get students into playing many positions earlier than most method books teach with my own system, which aids in perception of the shape-oriented and chordal (voicing) structures that are present in all pieces. The sooner someone grasps the "words" in the language of music, the better the student's reading and comprehension will be. I am also tech-friendly, using popular teaching apps and bringing multiple iPads to the lessons to make lessons fun. Currently I offer optional lesson planning through BetterPracticeApp.com.
I emphasize positive, fun, joyful learning and I use multimedia to make the lesson more colorful and modern. I have one foot in the traditional "Old School" and one in cutting edge learning techniques. I completely tailor each person's lesson plans to emphasize the strengths of the student. Some people learn through hearing, while others need to learn through touch and coordination. Those with shorter attention spans enjoy faster rotation through activities, which is effective for children as young as three years of age. Yes, I have had many very young students become wonderful little pianists!
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