I offer a relaxed, friendly, but assertively enthusiastic approach to my teaching sessions. To this extent, I prefer students who have a basic rudimentary understanding of their instrument.
For piano performance students I stress the areas of technique and relaxation, along with a moderate dose of scales and etude work, in concert with selected works from the musical masters from Bach to the present. My goal is for my students to ultimately take charge of how to approach a piece, from initial sight-reading, to final performance/recording.
For composition students, I strongly encourage a study in musical theory, first focusing on voice-leading and counterpoint, then pushing into areas of form and style. I work with pencil/paper format as well as computer aided software, such as the Sibelius or Finale music writing programs. My goal is for my students to be able to create musical works from first concept to finished printed or recorded fine art.
I am classically trained pianist/composer/music educator who has taught in the Battle Creek area for 21 years, and earlier in other schools for 5. I received my Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from Western Michigan University, as well as my Masters in Music Ed/ Composition, all by 1989.
*** For College-bound musicians, add $10/hr to my rate, as you will be receiving lessons of collegiate level intensity.
Absence policy: Absences can happen. I am very rarely absent from my schedule, but should an absence on my part occur, I will work to reschedule our appointment to a mutually convenient time. If you are absent (whether in-person or online,) my policy is -
1st absence - definite reschedule (no harm, no foul, definite refund on future prepaid scheduled appointments if cancelling)
2nd absence - possible reschedule (contingent on reason, possible refund on future prepaid and scheduled appointments if cancelling)
3rd absence - no reschedule; no refund for this lesson (possible refund ONLY on future prepaid and scheduled appointments. A 3rd absence is considered a cancellation of lessons by the student.)
|at his home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||$30||Not available||$25|
|5 hours||$115||Not available||$125|
|10 hours||$220||Not available||$250|