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I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). *** Lesson Details *** Music: For novice students I use the Faber Piano Adventures series as a basic program. I augment this with other resources as the student progresses. While Western classical keyboard literature is the main focus of my teaching, my students also explore many modern and contemporary works. The language of the piano continues to evolve through these compositions and there is an astonishing variety of pieces available for study and enjoyment. Technique: Most “technique” issues are related to unnecessary physical tension that interferes with proper execution. In order to give shape and form to music, our playing must be as free as possible from such tension. From the beginning, I will help you identify these obstacles and introduce practice strategies that will expand your capability and greatly enrich your playing experience. Theory: Music is a language. It expresses and communicates the broadest possible range of feelings and ideas. But just as it is possible to memorize and recite a story in a foreign language without ever knowing the meaning of the words and sentences, it is possible to mechanically learn a piece of music and not appreciate what the composer seeks to express. To avoid this, we must understand the language of music and how each composer uses that language. Music Theory is the key to this understanding and I make it part of every student’s lesson plan. *** Studio Equipment *** Front room in his home with a 7' Steinway grand piano, with seating. Very spacious and open room with vaulted ceiling with good acoustics. *** Travel Equipment *** Students must have a piano/electronic keyboard in their home. *** Specialties *** Western Classical Training

Cost: $70 Per 30 Minutes Company: TakeLessons

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I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

Lesson Details Music: For novice students I use the Faber Piano Adventures series as a basic program. I augment this with other resources as the student progresses. While Western classical keyboard literature is the main focus of my teaching, my students also explore many modern and contemporary works. The language of the piano continues to evolve through these compositions and there is an astonishing variety of pieces available for study and enjoyment.

Technique: Most “technique” issues are related to unnecessary physical tension that interferes with proper execution. In order to give shape and form to music, our playing must be as free as possible from such tension. From the beginning, I will help you identify these obstacles and introduce practice strategies that will expand your capability and greatly enrich your playing experience.

Theory: Music is a language. It expresses and communicates the broadest possible range of feelings and ideas. But just as it is possible to memorize and recite a story in a foreign language without ever knowing the meaning of the words and sentences, it is possible to mechanically learn a piece of music and not appreciate what the composer seeks to express. To avoid this, we must understand the language of music and how each composer uses that language. Music Theory is the key to this understanding and I make it part of every student’s lesson plan.

Studio Equipment Front room in his home with a 7' Steinway grand piano, with seating. Very spacious and open room with vaulted ceiling with good acoustics.

Travel Equipment Students must have a piano/electronic keyboard in their home.

Specialties Western Classical Training

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Cost $70 Per 30 Minutes
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Music: Piano

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  350 10th Avenue, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone
  (646) 200-5972
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  www.takelessons.com

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