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Leni B.

Spring, TX

$60/hour

Piano and theory lessons by a professional classical musician

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/24/15
5.0 average from 37 ratings
First lesson with Leni
— Peilan, Conroe, TX on 6/21/16

$60/Hour


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Hunter College (City University of New York)
Music
Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hunter College (City University of New York) (Music)

Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France (Graduate Coursework)

About Leni

I am a classically trained musician who studied with top professionals in my field in New York, Paris, and at the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau in France. I have been a conductor, a pianist, and a composer, and am now retired. I have also been a writer on musical subjects and a music critic.

I teach piano to those who want to achieve a high level of proficiency at the piano. My lessons incorporate tone production, interpretation, sight reading, and theory. I teach a piano technique that facilitates beautiful playing and avoids the all too common repetitive motion injuries to which so many serious amateurs and professionals are prone. And I believe that hours of mind numbing piano exercise only result in teaching a student to play unmusically.

I have had excellent training, a lifetime of experience, and I am able to communicate in a manner that is understandable to students of all ages and levels of expertise.

If you want to learn to play the piano well, improve your ability to play, or bring existing capabilities to a polished level, you will find in me a teacher eager and able to share skills and understanding acquired over a lifetime spent in pursuit of the beauty of music and the joy it can bring.
I am a classically trained musician who studied with top professionals in my field in New York, Paris, and at the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau in France. I have been a conductor, a pianist, and a composer, and am now retired. I have also been a writer on musical subjects and a music critic.

I teach piano to those who want to achieve a
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Spring, TX 77382
Background Check: Passed

"First lesson with Leni"

- Peilan, Conroe, TX on 6/21/16

"Excellent teacher"

- John, Spring, TX on 1/6/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Isela, Spring, TX on 7/8/15
History:
Music History

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Ear Training

Ear training is an essential part of the training required to become a musician from the recognition of simple intervals to the ability to hear and notate complex lines and chord progressions and their rhythms.

I was trained in every aspect of ear training from learning of the intervals, which enables a student to pick up a new song or part of a coral work and be able to sing it immediately, to taking four part dictation which ultimately allows one hear music, whether performed by others or in one's own head, and write it down.

I teach solfege employing the French syllables to facilitate the mastery of the fixed DO method and encourage the memorization of the pitch of A440 to allow a student to be able to reproduce that pitch at will, and find or recognize all the other pitches resulting in the acquisition of accurate relative pitch.

Music History

As a graduate of an excellent college of music and a diplomate of one of the premier music conservatories in Europe, I have a strong background in the 1200 year history and evolution of western classical music from its origins in Gregorian chant through the Renaissance, Baroque Classical periods up to the present day. My areas of special study are the transition to the Romantic era (Beethoven and Schubert), the transition from the late Romantic (Buckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss) to very different paths taken by Schoenberg, Bartok and Stravinsky, and the other great composers of the 20th century.

Music Theory

As a professionally trained lifelong classical musician and long time teacher, I am fully qualified to tutor music students in all aspects of music theory from the very basics of scales and intervals through tonal harmony and counterpoint to melodic, harmonic and structural analysis.

Piano

I have studied, played, and written music for the piano all my life. I received thorough training in the Taubman approach which is a method that was codified by Dorothy Taubman in response to the alarmingly large number of serious students and professional pianists who came to her seeking relief from piano related hand and arm injuries ranging from excessive fatigue and tension, to repetitive motion injuries often leading to great and eventually debilitating pain. I teach her methods which have the added benefits of teaching students to use motions of the hand and forearm that result in a more beautiful tone, greater control, an ability to play faster and for longer periods without getting tired, and, by virtue of avoiding movements that cause stress to the delicate muscles and tendons of the fingers and hands, allow a student to progress more rapidly than do the traditional methods used by most teachers. For example, I have a seven year old student who has been taking lessons for only seven months who is playing Beethoven's Für Elise. When we began, she could not read a note of music and had no relationship with her hands.

Hunter College (City University of New York)
Music
Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hunter College (City University of New York) (Music)

Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France (Graduate Coursework)

First lesson with Leni

The lesson was over fingering techniques. My son learned a lot and it was an eye opening experience for both of us.

— Peilan, Conroe, TX on 6/21/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Leni will travel within 0 miles of Spring, TX 77382.