I’ve been working in the area of music
for all of my adult life:
Giving piano lessons,
Directing Choirs at Church,
and most recently
teaching at COMPAS,
Center of Music and Performing Arts Southwest (Detroit, MI).
I use various method books,
depending mostly on the student
and level of study.
I am partial to John Thompson method books.
Beginner students will be playing simple melodies
by the end of the very first lesson.
The advanced students
will find some challenges
in the Thompson collection.
I also use The Bastien Method Books
and the John Schaum Method.
Again, the method books used vary
as I try to tailor the lessons
to each piano student.
Students will learn appropriate practice skills.
It is not enough to simply have
a song they are working for the next lesson.
They really need to learn how to spend time at the piano
and use practice time wisely.
I teach basic theory from the very first lesson,
and more advanced lessons in theory
as the student progresses.
At an appropriate time
scales and chord progression will be taught.
It is not enough for the student to know how to play a scale.
The student will learn how to create it
and how the chords are created as well.
I will also present
a variety of sheet music and work sheets
that correspond to the method book
and/or theory that is being taught.
Students will not only learn the rudiments of music,
but how to sit, how to place their hands at the keyboard,
how far the piano bench should be from the instrument,
and so much more!
Here I am!
Are you ready for your first lesson???
back to top