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BA, CSUEB (California State University East Bay) Piano Performance Associate Degree, Merritt Collge, Music Major BA, Rockhurst University, English Private Studies: Piano study with: Annie E. Beem, Helen Birch, Justin Blasdale, Karl Ulrich Schnabel Pipe Organ study with Alan Blasdale Jazz Composition and Piano Performance with Don Haas Clarinet study with Helen Offenbach
String Orchestra, Chamber Groups, Choral Groups, Jazz Quartet, Accompanist for Vocalists, Instrumentalists, Solo Performer for Private Events.
I am a passionate and motivated music instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. My greatest happines is seeing students learn, grow and develop a deep love of music and learning. Music Director at 1st Trinity Lutheran Church and Instuctor with Musika. Lessons in piano, performance, technique, theory, music arranging and composition. Prepared young teenager for successful career in composition for National Geographic and Hollywood Films. Prepared students who have placed with Advanced Standing when applying at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. Pianist for string orchestra, chamber groups, duos, trios, quartetes, quintets. Accompanist for Vocalists, Instrumentalists. Pisnist for Jazz Quartet, Sole performer for private celebrations, Weddings, Birthdays playing Classical, Jazz, Comtemporary music.
35 years teaching piano, music arranging, composition, theory, technique, personal expression. Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced. Intructor for Music School of Alameda. Music School at Sherman & Clay, Private Music Studio, Music Director, 1st Trinity Lutheran Church Pianist for string orchestra, chamber groups, duos, trios, quartets, quintets. Accompanist for Vocalists, Instrumentalists. Pianist for Jazz Quartet Solo Pianist Classical, Jazz, Contemporary for Private Celebrations, Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations.
I incorporate the piano methods and teaching techniques from the traditions of Arthur Schnabel, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Adele Marcus. Student of Justin Blasdale (Juilliards, Masters Degree) Student of Karl Ulricch Schabel (Berlin Hochschule fur Musik)
My greastest reward is seeing each student develop a greater love of music as they progress and come to be able to express their personal feelings through music. It is important that each student progress at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals at each lesson. By acknowledging their accomplishments this helps build a desire to progress and makes students eager to learn more. By helping them learn how to use the hand, wrist, arm and upper torso, they learn tone control and musical phrasing. I encourage relaxation and proper breathing so the student has a good foundation to meet the technical challenges. Together we learn the structure, harmonic movement, phrasing, the language of music, rather than just reading notes. For Beginning Students I usually use the Alfred Series of music books. However, I taylor the studies to the students needs and music goals.
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