Keyboard, Music Theory, Oboe, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I began studying music in middle school, when my parents urged me to try "anything but violin." So I took up oboe and piano, attended CSUN and USC on scholarship, finally earning a Doctorate in music performance 1985. As a member of Cal Phil and other orchestras, local 47, and on faculty at AVC--all for many years--I have had rich and varied musical experiences, as well as a lot of fun! But what you really need to know is what I can do for you as a teacher. My students are happy and successful, each growing at his or her own optimum pace. For more bio info, please visit my own website at mrmusicteacher.com.
My Musical Education Background
Doctor of Musical Arts, USC, 1985 ("Go Trojans!").
Master of Arts in Music, CSUN, 1980("Yay Northridge?"). Bachelor of Music, CSUN, 1978, with many honors: Magna Cum Laude, Pi Cappa Lamda, Dean's List every semester, music achievement award, concerto competition. Calif. Teaching Cred., MS with specialty in music, Chapman Univ. Many years of "experience is the best teacher" in music as a performing musician, classroom and private teacher--one who believes in learning throughout life. Teaching is like practicing: the more you do, the better you get at it.
Genres and Subjects Taught
No two students have the same needs, tastes or hands, so I tailor lessons differenly depending on the individual, age, temperament, etc. Most people do best with a 45-minute lesson, as opposed to one lasting 30, 60, or more minutes. (There are always exceptions.) I much prefer technique learned through great music (Bach, Mozart, Lennon, etc.) rather than exercises by Hannon & other "pedagogues." Too much great music awaits to spend time on any one piece you never liked. The journey should be fun and rewarding, with methods and techniques tailored to your own unique hands, learning styles, and aesthetic. You should be able to enjoy every practice session and feel good about your progress! That's what teaching piano or any musical instrument is all about.
I travel to your home, so fees depend on distance from my base in Santa Clarita (only eight minutes from San Fernando Valley). For most students, lessons are 45 minutes, once per week or 2-3 times per month--depending on how much of a hurry you are to progress. I promise you will find my rates are competetive and a bargain. Also I offer a discount for a 2nd student in the same household.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I will teach anyone (with fingers) who is truly interested, at just about any age--6 and up. PARENTS: to ensure success, please wait until your child shows the signs of interest in music. SENIORS: it is never too late to begin! I have some very happy retirees doing just that and loving it! TEENS: I teach beginning to advanced to college entrance level (for music majors. Several of my students won scholarships, including full scholarships to universities as music majors! HOBBYISTS: any pieces you always wished you could play? Are you inspired to play for friends, family, a combo or band, for church--or for your own enrichment?
My Certifications and Awards
Pi Kappa Lambda, Magna Cum Laude, ASCAP, working member of local 47, Cal Phil, have performed solo and chamber works by reknown living composers (at least at the time!) with the composer in attendance, and oboe concertos with local and regional orchestras in Southern California. Have also had my own orginal compositions performed at unusual venues (!) For more "blah-ba-bla-blah" please visit my own website at: mrmusicteacher.com or contact me for information.
My Musical Influences
Everything and anything but "rap" (!)
Mission Hills, CA
"Over the last three years Gordon Lazarus has been an exemplary role model as a musician to my daughter. The piano requires technique and specific counting, which has influenced and assisted, believe it or not, with her math skills. My daughter has been inspired by her piano teacher to strive for higher excellence. We are grateful for his patience and professionalism." - Mrs. Magdaleno
Quartz Hill, CA
"Since I first started with Gordon Lazarus last year, I have learned many valuable piano skills. I am very thankful for his excellent teaching skills. I have also had many laughs with him! I have definitely progressed a lot since I began with him and am very thankful :)"
Santa Clarita, CA
Gordon is an amazing piano teacher, and we have a lot of fun in classes. I'm totally new to piano, but I really enjoy the class and learn little by little! Thank you very much, Gordon.
"Thanks for believing in me. You're a great teacher!"
"If you want to learn to play the piano, go see Dr. Lazarus. He is a fun-loving teacher who cares very much."
Lake View Terrace, CA
"I highly recommend Gordon Lazarus for anyone interested in piano lessons. He is a kind, patient instructor, and anyone would benefit under his tutelage."
"Dr. L. makes a great music coach."
"Dr. Lazarus knows how to communicate in a way that makes the piano more user-friendly to the student. I strongly recommend him."
"Lessons with Dr. Lazarus are a blast--and the best stress reducer I can imagine."