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Since the age of 5 I've been playing the piano. I had my first recital at 5, at which I played Ode to Joy by Beethoven and I'm 45-years-old now and can still remember that. I have been in love with the piano my entire life and have been teaching piano to kids and adults since I went to college at 18. I enjoy teaching any age and I feel comfortable teaching into the advanced intermediate level. I teach and study mostly classical but can teach anything when it comes to theory; that's my strong suit. I would love to show others how to play the piano so they can enjoy it as much as I do.
My teaching experience hoes back to when I went off to college, to Major in Piano Performance, at the age of 18. I did it then you be able to have a little extra money, but then I really started to love to teach music. I started out teaching just kids because I felt that's all I could do, but then when I was about 24 a man my age (at the time) asked if I'd reach him and I agreed. It opened my eyes to different teaching methods and learning styles. I adopted several more adults. Throughout the years I have had dozens of students and would certainly love more.
I tend to emphasize piano theory and lots and LOTS of practice for my methods I link to success. Piano theory and understanding the circle of fifths and chords with their relative minors, etcetera are extremely important as building blocks to a good knowledge base, especially if you'll be composing. I find that learning how to read sheet music takes a while, but is extremely essential in order to behind fluent in practice. I rely a lot on practice with finger exercises to get people started with the piano and keep people with that as a rule for warming up.
I feel that, like my piano teachers always said, practice does in fact make perfet. It's amazing what can happen with even a 1/2 hour every other day when it comes to weekly lessons. I tend to assign more, but my point is that it's extremely important to practice! Also, what helped students the most - across the board - was theory workbooks, especially when it came to composition. Getting students interested in composing lends way to their completion rate when it came to homework too! An absolute correlation. I also think that the Circle of Fifths is key for composing and learning how things go together. I tend to rely heavily on Hannon as well practice, practice practice!
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