Learning and Mastering the Piano
The piano is a marvelous instrument! Its mechanical nature puts it in the percussion family, but its 88 keys striking each of their three strings makes it the most lyrical, harmonic, and versatile instrument in existence. Congratulations on choosing such an exciting instrument to play! Now, let's focus on your goals; whether it be mastering traditional technique and classical music repertoire, learning chords and improvisation, learning how to read music or all of the above, let's get you started.
Classical Technique and Repertoire
I offer beginner and intermediate piano lessons which follow the curriculum established by the California Music Teachers Association. This curriculum includes mastering traditional piano repertoire with a focus on technique and sight-reading, and exposure to music theory. Lessons include annual performances and skill level reviews, but we never lose focus on the enjoyment of playing. To do this, I design the lessons to the unique learning patterns and motivation of each student.
Chord Reading and Improvisation
If your musical desire is to play the piano by reading chords and following charts, then you'll learn basic music reading skills and fundamentals of chord structure and scales. You will also learn common chord progressions and basic improvisational technique. In no time, you'll be ready to jam with a band!
Music Theory and Music Reading
I teach the fundamentals of music, including basic music theory, reading and notation, for those who want a more academic learning experience and/or want to understand the "nuts and bolts" of music. Using the piano to learn music theory is extremely effective, as all the musical patterns are laid out across the keyboard. Once we learn the "secret code" of music theory, the magic begins!