Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Music Education)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Master's)
I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years. I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the student's place to think as he/she does and help them understand music and perform it.
I'm glad to hear that you are thinking about learning to play the piano. It is fun to be able to make music as well as listen to it. If you want to join the school band, it would be good for you to take piano lessons for a year or so because, that way, you would learn how to read music. So, when you join the band, you can concentrate more on how to hold the instrument and form your lips to produce a good sound. By learning to play an instrument, you will have an appreciation of what it takes to make the music you listen to. Music is something you can do all of your life. Adults find that it helps them relax due to the concentration required. That lets them think of other things other than their work day. If you want to share your music you will find that it helps others in many ways. I've noticed that it gives the parade watchers a chance to participate in the mood of the celebration by singing along with the men's chorus that I accompany. My organ playing in church helps people worship. My music at funeral homes helps comfort them. When we play for nursing homes, the caregivers tell us that those with dementia who normally are unaware of their surroundings, come back to reality for a time as they sing along with us. Some former students have said that, if it were not for the band, they wouldn't have had much of a social life in high school.
So, I look forward to meeting you and helping you explore the world of music performance.
But, keep this in mind. You will need to practice just about every day for at least 30 minutes so that you won't forget all the things you will be learning to do. We will be learning real songs, not just exercises. Scales too, because they lay a foundation to understand harmony and music theory.
Hope to hear from you.
I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years. I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the
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I taught music in the public schools for 30 years as a certified teacher. I have had piano and organ recitals. Directed and accompanied choirs and bands. I stress music reading in my tutoring.