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Fred Phillips

Riverside, CA 92503 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

Frederick Phillips is a piano and voice instructor, professional singer, and rhythm coach. Frederick is a lover of classical advent and program music with over one million hours of training. Frederick has a great sense of feeling and ability to express himself musicality on the piano. Frederick's singing voice is a full-lyric tenor with a deep and warm cello quality.

Frederick focuses his students on scales and basic concepts of the keyboard. He is very patient and understanding, but he believes in progress not stagnant teaching. Frederick wants his students to learn to play beautifully and enjoy that accomplishment . Music is a gift and skill that benefits your cognitive development, clarity of thought, coordination, imagination, and relieves stress. Music has many health benefits for all ages. Music is a language that requires hard work and dedication to learn.

My Musical Education Background

Frederick started to study piano when he was seven, but couldn't afford private lessons. This didn't stop his progress in music. He studied on his own and took what his local school offered: violin in orchestra, trumpet in wind band, and voice in choir. Frederick continued to play trumpet in highschool and marched in the band. His love for piano never diminished. In 2005, Frederick took private piano lessons. In 2007, Frederick had the opportunity to take piano lessons at Riverside City College. His years of private study made it easy to learn. He realized that he not only wanted to teach voice, but piano and help others to have the opportunity that he missed growing up. The concepts he learned at RCC transcend into his teaching style. With his performing schedule, Frederick has needed to arrange music that Harp4all performs.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Private in-home lessons. Frederick uses many resources that are fun, easy to access, interactive, and reasonable for each student's age and cognitive ability. Frederick realizes that each student is at a different place in learning, he tailors each lesson to the needs of the student. He believes in consistency. He requires his students to practice and take weekly lessons to evaluate their progress. New concepts are taught at each lesson. He strongly encourages scales and the basics of the piano & music (piano keys, finger dexterity, coordination, strengthening each hand, reading notes, and more. Frederick believes no one is too old to learn. Although, beginning at a young age makes it easier. Music is a foreign language, and easily asorbed early. Whatever the age, there is great health and spirtiual benefits for learning to play.

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain's circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

2. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.

3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

4. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.

5. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a "me first" attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.

6. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student's own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.

7. In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.

8. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.

9. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what he is and what he feels. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.

10. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on "doing," as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above. In the music classroom, students can also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.

11. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.

12. An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.

Sources:
(http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/12benefits.html)

Lesson Rates

Monthly Tuition:

30 min. lesson once a week $100.00/month

45 min. lesson once a week $150.00/month

1 hr. lesson once a week $200.00/month

Free Consultation Appointment in your home

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Ages 3 - 5: Music for Little Mozarts Program
Ages 6 - adult: Alfred's Piano Library

My Certifications and Awards

Many verbal compliments from Riverside City College music staff for musicality and good rhythm sense. Many compliments from audience members and clients.

Voted best beginning piano instructor by Harp4all.

My Musical Influences

Erick Satie, Joshua Hiefetiz, Operas, Classical Symphonies, Chopin Piano Concertos, Beethoveen Piano Concertos, Piano Ragtime music, Jazz, Celtic, John McCormack


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