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Damian G.

Austin, TX

$50/hour

Creative Music Lessons with Damian

$50/Hour


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University of North Texas
Jazz Piano

Education

University of North Texas (Jazz Piano)

About Damian

Damian’s interest in the piano started at the age of 5 when he began taking private piano lessons. Around the time that he entered high school he became attracted to jazz which quickly turned into a passion. During these formative years he garnered many accolades, a few of which include Outstanding Jazz Soloist at the Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival (three years in a row), Outstanding Jazz Musician at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, and Best Jazz Soloist at the Rio Jazz Festival in Harlingen, Texas. Additionally, Damian has received numerous awards at University Interscholastic Leave (UIL) music competitions.

Damian went on to attend the University of North Texas where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in jazz piano performance. Damian also participated in the Stanford University Jazz Residency and the University of North Texas Jazz Workshop. Damian has continued to receive distinction and honor throughout his career as a pianist including the Piano Achievement Award from Texas State University’s School of Music. Damian maintains an active performance and teaching schedule in the hopes of passing on his love of music to others.

My philosophy is simple: coach students on how to learn and listen to music in a relaxed and supportive environment that encourages growth, creativity, and ultimately, the skills needed to teach themselves once the lesson is over. I use years of professional experience and advanced education to guide students through the learning process of one's self as well demonstrating the simple joy of playing music as an art of expression.

I provide students of all ages with custom worksheets, exercises, recordings, and lesson plans that are a result of more than 10 years of teaching privately. I welcome musicians of all skill levels including absolute beginners and advanced students.

I encourage students to reach out and set up a time to talk to me personally! I love to teach and look forward to helping you in your musical journey.
Damian’s interest in the piano started at the age of 5 when he began taking private piano lessons. Around the time that he entered high school he became attracted to jazz which quickly turned into a passion. During these formative years he garnered many accolades, a few of which include Outstanding Jazz Soloist at the Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Austin, TX 78704
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music,
Music Theory, Piano

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Ear Training

I am an accomplished musician that received his degree from the University of North Texas in jazz piano performance. My experience in teaching is a result of 10+ years of teaching privately in various music academies through Texas. My philosophy in teaching is centered around fundamentals and making sure the student is well grounded in rhythm and ear training. For example, once I have covered the naming of the keys as well as fingerings, I usually proceed by explaining the quarter note and how beats are and rhythm are the essential building blocks of music. Using a series of rhythm charts, I divide lesson time between counting and clapping as well as note reading, making sure the association between key and written notation is bridged effectively. In addition to all of that, I spend equal time in helping the student recognize intervals through singing, often asking the student to match pitch vocally with the piano. I find that by the time the primer level is complete, the student is often able to distinguish between major and minor, identify intervals, and sight sing, at a much higher level than someone who hasn't spend the necessary time building these fundamentals.

General Music

I am qualified to teach piano at the beginner and advanced level because I am an accomplished musician that received his degree from the University of North Texas in jazz piano performance. My experience in teaching is a result of 10+ years of teaching privately in various music academies through Texas. My philosophy in teaching is centered around fundamentals and making sure the student is well grounded in rhythm and ear training. For example, once I have covered the naming of the keys as well as fingerings, I usually proceed by explaining the quarter note and how beats are and rhythm are the essential building blocks of music. Using a series of rhythm charts, I divide lesson time between counting and clapping as well as note reading, making sure the association between key and written notation is bridged effectively.

In summary, my objective is to make the lessons engaging and fun while at the same time preparing each student to teach themselves once the lesson is over. It is through personal experience that I've found that engaging the student in various clapping and singing exercises, accelerates the retention of information as well as the comprehension of new material.

Piano

I am qualified to teach piano at the beginner and advanced level because I am an accomplished musician that received his degree from the University of North Texas in jazz piano performance. My experience in teaching is a result of 10+ years of teaching privately in various music academies through Texas. My philosophy in teaching is centered around fundamentals and making sure the student is well grounded in rhythm and ear training. For example, once I have covered the naming of the keys as well as fingerings, I usually proceed by explaining the quarter note and how beats are and rhythm are the essential building blocks of music. Using a series of rhythm charts, I divide lesson time between counting and clapping as well as note reading, making sure the association between key and written notation is bridged effectively.

University of North Texas
Jazz Piano

Education

University of North Texas (Jazz Piano)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Damian will travel within 40 miles of Austin, TX 78704.