Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
My musical experience started with piano lessons at age 9, and I continued for 6 years. I played bass clarinet in the symphonic band, and this was my first exposure to a large group. I developed a significant appreciation for other instruments, as well as playing in an ensemble and following a director. After graduation, I started playing piano professionally with bands and other ensembles, in a wide variety of venues, places and events. At age 20, I studied classical piano for 2 years with a professor at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor MI, and at age 22, I was awarded a FULL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP at Jackson Community College in Jackson MI. At JCC, I led the band on the piano and sang for the Jazz Show Choir, accompanied and sang in the Concert Choir, and I was also employed at the college playing for voice classes. I received a 4.0 GPA in advanced music theory and ear training while there. After college, I was hired at a church in Ypsilanti MI, playing organ and piano, and I am currently employed as a praise band director and accompanist at a church in Belleville, MI. I also have a lot of fun playing in various jazz groups and choirs, and tune pianos professionally. Music is such a huge part of me. It enriches my life in so many ways, and this is my goal for all of my students; to have an experience that has a lasting positive effect on their lives! *** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching is reflective of the philosophy that students learn in different ways. After 3-6 months, my students should expect to be able to identify all notes on the staff by name and location on the keyboard, play complete songs with both hands in a variety of rhythms, styles and time signatures. Depending on comprehension and ability, I start introducing chords and scales very early on. In general, the ultimate goal is to make great music, and great music goes beyond just black ink on a white page.. I also incorporate other teaching tools such as flash cards, a white board to demonstrate visually, work sheets and fun online games the students can play at home. All material is introduced at the students own pace, aptitude and comfort level.
My Musical Education Background
Associates Degree - Liberal Arts/Music Scholarship Sep 1990 - May 1993 Jackson Community College Music Scholarship (Piano performance) Accompanist for Jazz Show Choir, Concert Choir Employed at JCC as Voice Class Piano Accompanist Piano instructor and piano tuner for over 10 years
Genres and Subjects Taught
Basic, intermediate and advanced piano. Jazz, Classical, Gospel. Composition and improvisation.
30 minutes for $25 45 minutes for $35 60 minutes for $45 Travel fee: $20 (10 mile radius)
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Background check available Ages 5 and up Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels
My Certifications and Awards
Music Scholarship Aug 1990 Jackson Community College 1990 Music Scholarship - Vocal/Piano Performance
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