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Tyrone G.

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Lithonia, GA (30058)

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First, to effectively teach children piano, remember that every child is different.

I know that you know this but it’s easy to develop a method of teaching and focus on that instead of the individual student.


I have found that students have different strengths and focusing on those creates a good lesson. When you build on a child’s strengths, they come to believe that they can do it – piano is not so difficult. Then, when introducing those things that they struggle with, they already have a feeling of accomplishment and success.


Here’s a practical way to do this. Start and end the lesson with something they like or something not too difficult. If you know that they like scales and like to play them, end with playing some scales. They’ll leave feeling like they learned and can play something.



Attitude


To teach children piano, there is another thing I have found essential. This is not about the actual teaching or the piano student, but about me – the teacher. It’s important to have a sense of fun.


If you enjoy teaching, that comes across to the student. If you’re having fun, they’re much more likely to have fun. We need to get away from that image of the piano teacher with the ruler in her hands rapping the knuckles! Piano is fun!



Behaviour


There are times for fun but unfortunately, there are some times when you need to be strict. Try to do this with a smile and the attitude of helping (rather than punishing). Some parents will tell you to be stern or strict with their child. They know their child and it is good to follow their advice.


Behaviour problems do happen in piano lessons although I have found not frequently. Children are usually respectful and nice. I usually find that if a student is not behaving well, they are bored. If this happens, I try to mix things up. For example, if we are sitting at the piano, I try to come up with an activity that is more active. Then after that is finished, we try to go back to what we were doing.


If you have an issue you cannot handle in the lesson, talk to the parent. Find a way for the two of you to resolve it. If things are really a problem to the extent where you can’t get anything done in the lesson, I have one extreme solution. Ask the parent to come to the lesson. If the parent really wants the child to learn to play the piano, they will need to be there to help control the child. I’ve never had to do this. It’s just one option in extreme cases.



Helpful Tools of the Trade


To teach children piano, what I have found most helpful is a whiteboard. With a whiteboard, you can create lots of different activities. You can practise naming notes, rhythm, and other things.


Along with a white board, I also used rhythm sticks and other rhythm instruments to practise rhythm. It’s good for kids to move around and I’ve found it especially helpful for the students playing.




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Tyrone’s subjects

Music:
Music Theory, Piano
Homeschool:

Piano

I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.

Musical Talents: I am a pianist, organist, and keyboard player with knowledge in music performance, and business music. I have been playing the piano, organ, or keyboard for 36 years, and have used this talent as a minister of music, musician, and music director for several churches, as well as gospel groups throughout the years. I also played the Tenor and Baritone Saxophones in Junior High School, Senior High School, and Clalflin University.

My hobbies/interests include: music, spending time with family/friends, helping people, Prince Hall Masonic Affiliated, sports, movies, etc. I also have over 16 years of experience working in the community, social, and human services delivery field, and am well versed in the areas of Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Restorative Justice.

Goals: An opportunity for me to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, encourage believers in their walk with Christ, and provide an avenue through which individuals may share their gift and be an integral part of the worship.

Inspirations: Spiritual, Personal, Professional, and Financial Growth, and I would like to open a music school, or studio to teach, and/or tutor people interested in the music field.

Awards: I have received several awards during my years playing in the band such as medals for participating in solo and ensembles, eastern district band, eastern region band, all-state band, all county band, marching, concert, jazz, and pep bands in junior high, and senior high school.
I received several awards from participating in the Claflin University Concert Choir, as well as several awards from participating in Claflin University’s marching, concert, and pep bands.
I also received an award from Claflin University for being nominated, and selected to audition for the Walt Disney World Marching/Concert bands in 1992.

Community: If I could give back to my community, I would teach people the real meaning of music by helping develop knowledge, skills, and values of music to help them become productive citizens in society.

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Education

Claflin University

Bachelor of Arts (Graduate Coursework)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Tyrone will travel within 30 miles of Lithonia, GA 30058.

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