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Tyler Sinclair

Washington, DC 20010 (map)

Lessons Offered

Flute, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

I am a young, enthusiastic piano teacher working in the Boston area. I have played piano since I was four years old, beginning at the Baltimore Talent Education Center and eventually progressing to a degree in music from St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I studied with Brian Ganz. Along the way I have also studied jazz piano, trumpet and Irish flute. Alongside solo recitals, I have played in a variety of musical productions, jazz combos and orchestras.
My love of music has always coexisted with a love of being outdoors, and I have tried to accomodate both as best I can. In late 2010 I returned from two years with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, where I worked with environmental education and organic farming practices. I also formed a close relationship with a fledgling music school in León, working with the students and teachers to expand their program and obtain funding.

Starting in December 2011 I will also begin offering lessons in Traditional wooden flute, spanning Cape Breton, Irish, and Scottish folk styles. This can be done perfectly well on a modern (Boehm-system) flute, but for those interested I also have a small selection of period or reproduction instruments available to borrow.

My Musical Education Background

I have taught individual piano lessons since I was in college, with students aged 6-45. We work through a repertoire ranging from Debussy to Bach, alongside creative exercises in improvisation, ear-training and expression. I principally give individual lessons, although I have taught small groups as well.

Genres and Subjects Taught

In teaching music, I think it is very important that we instill a love and appreciation of music alongside the technical aspects of an instrument. Most conservatories tend to focus entirely on the latter, and in doing so I think giving the impression that music is a fiercely competitive and unfriendly world. I do teach a lot of technique with my old friends Hanon and Czerny, but I try very hard to emphasize that technical precision is a means to the greater end of creative expression. At the ends of lessons, I always make time for improvisation and ear-training. When training young musicians I hope to train them as fine overall musicians, complementing their abilities as fine pianists.

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Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach beginner to advanced piano, for all ages.

My Certifications and Awards

I hold a BA in Music (Piano Performance) from St. Mary's College of MD

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