I offer piano
instruction in traditional classical repertoire and popular method
of playing piano by ear. I can prepare students for Royal
Conservatory of Music exams, festivals and recitals.
Traditional piano lessons have an emphasis on piano technique and
ear training, notation and general musicianship. I am located
near the NW Calgary communities of Hanson Ranch, Hidden Valley,
Hamptons, Kincora, Evanston, Sage Hill, Nolan Hill.
I am presently
seeking new students, from 6 years of age through to adult. I teach all
levels, beginner through advanced, all grades, Royal
Conservatory, Conservatory Canada. I also offer piano
lessons in French.
Method / Approach
people are interested in either of two approaches:
classical-traditional or popular-playing by ear. If you
have long-term goals in music (and have the patience), the
classical-traditional approach will see slower gains in the
beginning but the end result will be a more accomplished pianist
with a complete piano technique and development of musicianship.
For those who are not sure of their goals in music, who might
simply be curious to discover what talent they might have, the
more casual approach to playing piano by popular method might be
more attractive. A few lessons in chording with some
understanding of basic harmony and picking out a familiar tune
on the keyboard can be a quick path to reasonable satisfaction.
There is no problem to switch between methods or changing your
goals. Many teachers have the philosophy that even
students who are enduring the rigors of the classical, technical
regime, would hopefully have the ultimate goal of making music
for enjoyment, for the personal, emotional satisfaction that it
brings. Whatever your
music goals might
be, I can help you get there.
Traditional-classical piano lessons are done privately; beginner
theory lessons (rudiments) can be done privately or in a small
group setting (depending on other students' needs).
Popular method or playing-piano-by-ear method are always done
privately (one student, an individual lesson). Typically,
lessons are 30 minutes
and occur once per week (usually 4 lessons per month).
See the FEES
page for rates on 45 minute or 1 hour lessons. Preparation for conservatory piano exams also requires
co-requisite theory lessons; this usually begins around grades 6
to 8 and theory lessons are scheduled as a separate lesson
from piano. Piano and theory can also be combined into a
single longer lesson such that students would not have to make a
second weekly trip to my studio. Lessons are taught in my in-home
studio in NW Calgary.
* Are 30 minute music lessons ok?
(by Robert Estrin)
I have been following Robert
Estrin for a few years now. He is a piano expert on many
fronts: concert pianist (so is his father), piano teacher,
plus he is knowledgeable on so many other aspects of the piano
business like buying/selling, the manufacturing process of all
the great piano companies of the world. Robert Estrin
shares his advice on so many aspects of piano (learning,
performance, purchasing) and his tips on playing and performance
are pedagogically sound, based on fact and experience (not
simply flavour of the day opinion). I admire and respect
Robert Estrin and continue to learn from him so I encourage
anyone, particularly my students, to view his many videos on
YouTube. Here are some important links to Robert Estrin: