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Piano Lessons in Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair)
I am a piano teacher located in Pittsburgh, PA (15241) with a Masters degree in piano performance and a Bachelors degree in mathematics. I am also a permanently certified teacher through MTNA (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music). I teach kids age 5 and up, and I teach all levels (beginning through very advanced).
Background: In June 2012, my family and I moved from Reno, NV to Pittsburgh, PA so that my wife could pursue her medical residency. I am a high-level teacher, and saying goodbye to 45 students (many of them advanced, five learning concertos) was very difficult! I had to start over after the 2012 move, and consequently, my studio looks much different today with most of my students being at the beginning and intermediate level, but I am enjoying my students just as much as ever.
I have performed some of the most difficult works in piano repertoire, and I’ve always performed myself in all three student recitals each year in order to provide students with inspiration.
Results: Many of my former students have been accepted into competitive music programs and received music scholarships after graduating from high school, and numerous students have gone into teaching careers themselves. My students always feel confident when participating in outside musical events because of the high standards I set for them. 100% of my students have received Superior ratings in the NFMC festival each year since 2013 when my students first started participating in this festival (my students did not participate before 2013 since there was no NFMC presence in Reno, NV, but my students participated in a local festival in Reno from 1998-2012 with similar results), and one of my intermediate students took third place out of 14 participants in a PPTA competition in April 2015 (the first competition I’ve had students enter since moving to Pittsburgh). In March 2012, one of my students was runner-up in a concerto competition. I achieve these results with a spirit of gentle honesty (see my teaching philosophy for more on that).
Exams: Students who wish to begin or continue Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Exams, Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Exams or Trinity College London Music Grade Exams can do so under my study. Although I don’t actively seek out these exams for my students, I am comfortable preparing students for any of these exams when requested.
Technology: Students are encouraged to spend 15 minutes per week before or after their normally-scheduled lesson using ear training and theory software on the studio computer. I use ear-training software to accommodate all ages and levels of music. When students advance beyond basic theory/ear training software, they move on to collegiate-level software that would normally constitute a two-year program for college music majors.
Adults: I am very accommodating of adult students. I have taught adults of all ages throughout the years, ranging from beginners to very advanced students who have music degrees. I also give Skype lessons to adults and older kids if they do not have in-person access to a quality piano instructor in their area.
Clearances: I have Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, “no record” from the PA Police criminal record check, and my FBI background check indicates “no prior arrest data.”
Rate: Payment each month is the same flat amount, based on 46 lessons per year. Please contact me for the actual rate.
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