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R. Glen Wester, NCTM

Deer Park, TX 77536 (map)


Lessons Offered

Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam


About Me

I am an established piano and voice teacher.  I recently retired from teaching at San Jacinto College; having taught there 37 years.  I have also taught

part-time at Lee College, in Baytown, Texas.   I  grew up loving to play the piano and continued lessons through my Bachelor's and Master's Degree.

At North Texas I studied with Larry Walz. Since graduation from college, I have taught piano.  I am a member and judge for the National Piano Guild.

I enjoy judging; I have judged throughout the United States and in Hawail, Taiwan, Mexico, and China. 

     I plan for "success" for every student.  The first step is to find their learning style and give assignments where they can be successful and become

a better musician.  Each student is special to me and I rejoice in their learning each  step long the way to becoming a pianist.  

 

My Musical Education Background

I always played the piano.  I love the sound of the piano!  In high school I sang in the choir and played in the band.  In college I played in all the ensembles:

band, choir and orchestra (The Wichita Falls Symphony).  At the University of Texas I sang with the Accapella Choir.  The Choral Departtment joined forces and performed the Bach b minor Mass with the Dallas Symphony.  That is a lifetime memory for all of us.  I love church music; I directed church choirs for 30 years, having many high points.  One high point was conducting the Easter Portion of the Messiah and having the trumpet player from the Houston Symphony

accompanying us with our organist  playing a Baroque trumpet. 

Genres and Subjects Taught

I have taught at all levels: elementary, junor high, High School and College. I have taught elementary music, choir at junior and high school level.

At the college level I have taught Piano, Voice, Music Appreciation, Listening to Music, Music Theory, and Class Piano.

 

Lesson Rates

For young students I teach two 30 minutes lesson a week.  $16.50 per lesson

For students fifth-grade through eighth grade I teach a 45 minute, once a week lesson, $28. per lesson

For High School students and adults  I teach an hour lesson, $33. per lesson

I purchase the music and books to make sure we get the right materials and the students reimburse me.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I love teaching all ages and levels of students.  I love to get a student at the beginning and keep them through advanced repertoire.  I strive to give them

a firm foundation on which to build.  One mother brought me her son in the second grade and said, "You have him until he graduates from High School.

I did!  He play pie10 pieces of advancing difficulty for the piano Guild for 10 years; graduating with an hour long audition by memory with a thorough  technique examination ofscales, chords, and arpeggios 4 octaves.  He went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance and a Master's degree in Music Literature. Adults are very special to me; they are usually very busy but piano adds a special dimension to their life. I take a student from where they are and

encourage them to move to higher  goals and greater intrinsic rewards.  I believe the love of the sound of the piano and making music is the most

important value of piano study; and that is "intrinsic" and last forever.

My Certifications and Awards

Bachelor of Music Education, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Master of Music Education (concentration: piano, voice, choral conducting, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Post graduate work, University of Oregon, University of Texas

Certified Teacher of Piano and Voice, National Music Teachers Asociation

Certified Teacher for Piano Marvel, Piano Marvel.com- a computer/piano based program

Faculty Member and National/International Judge for the National Guild of Piano Teachers 

Listed in Who's Who in America (Marquis)

 

My Musical Influences

My biggest influence is the judging I have done for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Other judging include Gold Cup, UIL contest,  State and local festivals,

and the Kappa Kappa Psi Solo contest at the University of Houston.

    When I judge I strive to be a positive influence, encouraging  them where they excel and making suggestions to help them reach a higher level of performance.


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