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Piano and Composition Instruction and Coaching

I teach adults and college students of all levels, and motivated teenagers by audition. I am available at an hourly rate for: - teaching piano (see philosophy below) - teaching composition - coaching and accompanying singers - consultation on various projects such as CDs. 

My philosophy of teaching grew out of my personal experience. I grew up studying classical piano, but I always wanted to play pop music and jazz, so I got a degree in music composition and theory, and found I could apply the theory I learned to playing rock, blues, jazz and other styles.

So I believe that a student should be able to learn the sort of music they have the desire to play. At the same time, I know they will benefit from certain traditional techniques. I always ask students what it is they would like to do with their music in the future. Then I put together a program for them considering their goals.

Unlike many traditional piano methods which require you to go through method books, memorize pieces and do recitals, my approach is more tailored to the individual. I believe that music theory is the answer to the “why” and “how” questions of music. I like to teach music to people by answering those questions. I feel that when my students ask questions and I take the time to answer, I am a better teacher for it.

My ideal student is someone who is a good listener, an adult or college age student who not only has determined that they are going to pursue a goal to learn something about music, and have also decided to take the time to practice.

Contact me for hourly and monthly rates.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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  • November 17, 2019
    Canby Pioneer Chapel, Canby, OR
     
  • November 21, 2019
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  • November 23, 2019
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