Thinking about taking piano lessons?

COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing pandemic, there is limited availability for in-person lessons until further notice, in the interest of minimizing any possible risks/exposure. Decisions about face-to-face lessons will be made on a case by case basis. I am happy to continue offering piano lessons through Skype, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp, or any other long-distance means. You can still use the contact form below, and your requests will be answered :)

You can get started right away

​​If you're interested in starting piano lessons, you can fill out the form above and you will be contacted within 24 hours. We'll then set up a schedule, talk about your goals, and you're good to go - no hassle, no fuss.

Why take lessons from me?

Many reasons, of course! But to name just a few...

 

  • I design my lessons specifically to fit your goals. I like to cater my lessons to fit your needs, so that you can start working towards the goals that you've set. Whether it's mastering the classics, playing Christmas carols, brushing up on your jazz chords, or learning to play popular covers, I'll work with you to make sure you get what you want out of the lessons.  

  • You'll have a teacher who is endlessly patient. I've taught students of all ages, all abilities, and from all musical backgrounds, so when it comes to ability levels I've seen everything. You'll be able to come to each lesson with the peace of mind in knowing that I am completely aware of your existing skills --even if you're a beginner on Day 1.  

  • Learning an instrument can be life-changing. It's important to realize that tackling a discipline like piano is not just a once-a-week task. It involves daily practice, and a routine that becomes part of your life. Most musicians practice every day, and if you want to become a musician you have to practice like one. This, of course, will be the most exciting part of your new endeavor!

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Learning to play music...

1.  Improves performance at school (better grades, higher test scores).

2. Improves memory, math skills, and spatial skills.

3. Boosts confidence and self-esteem.

4. Opens doors to other music opportunities (learning another instrument, discovering additional talents, gaining performance experience, etc.).

5. Allows you to explore therapeutic effects of music (stress relief, healing capabilities, relaxation and enjoyment).

6. Improves quality of life.

7. Creates new avenues of art and self-expression, including a possible career in music, or as a great hobby.

8. Creates opportunities to bond with new friends and collaborate with like-minded people.

 

  • I can teach your kids! Most of my under-18 students take their lessons with me at The Music Connection in Chico, California, which is a great place for kids to take lessons and even has a waiting area for parents. I have had students as young as 5, but I am willing to take on a student of any age. If they are under 5 it will obviously take longer, but I welcome the challenge and believe that children are full of hidden talents they don't even know they have.

Where do I go for the lessons?

I teach my lessons at The Music Connectionlocated on 973 East Avenue, in Chico. (You can visit their website here). The lessons take place once a week. After we set up a date and time for your weekly lessons, all you have to do is show up at the above-mentioned location and be ready to learn!

Fees

My current rate for teaching piano lessons is $120 per month. This works out to approximately $30 per lesson. Each lesson is a half-hour long. You can find more info about fees and other policies by downloading my Music Lesson Contract.

What if I've had no musical training?

Not a problem! I offer a Beginner Piano Course, which starts you off with the assumption that you've never had any lessons. The only requirement is that you have either a piano at home or, at the very least, a NICE full-sized keyboard or digital piano you can practice on. As long as you practice the assigned exercises and songs for a minimum of 30 minutes per day (and any other songs you want to learn) I personally guarantee that you will begin making progress. The Beginner Course also includes all the components that you would normally see in a traditional piano course (note-reading, fundamentals, scales, chords, exercises, a repertoire of easy-to-play songs, dynamics, tempo, interpretation, etc.).

The Piano Composition Course

I sometimes have students who want to start writing their own music. Teaching people how to compose has been one of the most enjoyable things I've ever tried. Some have dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter, others want to pursue a more solo approach and are interested in composing only for one instrument. You can sign up for this course whether you're a seasoned pianist, a beginner, or anywhere in between. The content and the pace of the course is a little bit more open-ended because it depends on the interests and goals of the student, but it includes many of the fundamentals and concepts of music composition (how to write a good melody, how to create catchy themes and motifs, developing a background, playing different chord progressions, understanding arpeggio styles and ostinato patterns, how to improvise, etc.). Most of all, it's a fun course to take - and fun to teach!

Music Lesson Contract (pdf)

 

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