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Sydney Bell

New Bern, NC 28560 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio


About Me

Being from New Bern, NC, and an alum of East Carolina, I wish to use my training to enrich the area musically by performing, promoting, and, primarily, teaching music. I graduated summa cum laude from ECU in 2020 with a Bachelor's degree in music, with a concentration in piano pedagogy. I also just finished the projects to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music under National Music Teachers Association. I have 10 years of teaching experience. I also serve as president of East Carolina Music Club and am the chairperson for the area's annual Federation music festival.

I priortize teaching holistically; the students learn their repertoire, but we do not neglect to study musical skills like ear training, theory, music history, technique, sightreading, transpostion, and improvisation. I welcome the studying of music from a 500 year span: Classical, pop, Christmas, extended technique, etc. and that includes original piano solos as well as arrangements and transcriptions. I have five years experience of entering students in various adjudication festivals, like Federation, NCMTA, and Guild. I welcome students who want to play for critique and to compete and those who do not. Additionally, I welcome students who are just beginning to learn how to read, and those who are in busier later stages of life. 

Philosophically, I understand music to be a humanitarian artform, and its primary goal is to benefit the lifes of those who engage with it. Therefore, I strive to teach in a student-centered environment, in which I guide and make suggestions and the student makes discoveries and decisions. The student's curriculum will always be tailored to their goals, preferences, and interests. 

My Musical Education Background

  • Has played piano for 19 years. Took continuous piano lessons for 16 of those years. 
  • Obtained Bachelor's degree in Music, Piano Pedagogy, ECU, 2020
  • Has held staff piano accompanist job for six years

Genres and Subjects Taught

Genres:

  • Classical
  • Pop/Christmas arranements
  • Hymn playing/accompanying
  • Contemporary Praise ensemple playing
  • Intro Jazz/improv

Subjects:

  • Theory
  • Technique
  • Ear Training
  • Sightreading
  • Music History
  • Transposition
  • Memorization
  • Improvisation

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Ages: beginning to read through no maximum age

Skills: beginner through to school of music/conservatory preparation

My Certifications and Awards

Certifications:

  • Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from Music Teachers National Association
  • Service Playing Certified from American Guild of Organists

Awards:

  • Outstanding Senior, ECU Keyboard Department, 2020
  • Elected to The Society of Pi Kappa Lambda


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