Reno Piano Teacher & Reno Vocal Teacher at Baldwin Studios

Teaching

Lessons are available for all ages and levels.  Adults may begin from the basics or brush up on previous skills through University level.  For those under 6 years please contact me for an initial consultation.

Lessons are available at Blue Note B's Music in Reno on 4th and Keystone.  Please ask about scheduling times, locations and to sign up for your first FREE lesson.

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Piano Lessons:

When to sign up: Purchasing a piano for the living room is the FIRST step in the process. Signing up for lessons should be done AFTER it appears curiosity has led to desiring more understanding about making the instrument sound better than one's own attempts.

Once curiosity is fueled into the process, not waiting too long to start piano lessons is also key so that bad muscle habits don't begin to form. There is much enjoyment when chaos and confusion turns to into brilliant sounds and musical harmony during the stages of learning piano in lessons.

What Type of Piano?

Piano Lessons - Students will need an upright acoustic Piano, or have access to one daily. This applies for beginners to intermediate levels. A Grand Piano of any size is ideal for advanced levels.

Keyboard Students - There are many types of keyboards available and ideally your keyboard should have at least 66 to 88 keys. It should have weighted keys, or at least loud and soft touch sensitivity, a foot pedal attachable with a plug on the back, as well as ideally a USB and/or MIDI ports on the back (for plugging into a computer or MIDI digital music controller system).

Good professional keyboards are capable of creating amazing sounds and just knowing the basics can give hours of enjoyment. Students will learn how to plug the keyboard up to a computer and compose music. Much of Popular(Pop) music relies on just keyboards as the core of the entire song. Learning about chords, MIDI and other things can make it possible to know about all types of popular music including playing keyboards in a band.

'Keyboard technique' is much different than acoustic piano technique! For best results in advancing skills, it is recommended to start with a traditional acoustic piano. Experimenting with a cheap keyboard can start the process if no other options are available, but get a real piano as soon as possible.

Piano Methods:

Dexterity of finger, hand and arm motions are taught to allow students to excel from the basics to advanced college level piano playing. Reading and music interpretation are also emphasized at all levels.   As a supplement to written music,  Improvising, contemporary Jazz (chordal harmony and improvisation) and popular styles may also be learned.

Students also learn theory of music as foundation to harmony and musical structure. This is learning the science behind the music.

Keyboard Methods:

Students will start with the basics of reading piano music to know how to get around the keys. Keyboard technique is best understood by chords and harmonies. Learning to hear melodies and improvising is also part of the process. Creating new sounds called "patches" using the type of keyboards that offers this feature is also learned. With good keyboard skills a student should be able to play keyboards in a band. Vocalists are encouraged to learn keyboards as a foundation to their singing, as well as venturing to playing and singing in a band.


Voice Lessons:

When to sign up: Once one is singing regularly and wishes to learn more about how to sound better!

A Keyboard of any size or Regular Acoustic Piano (tuned to A440) will also be needed for basic music reading and harmonizing.

Vocal Methods:

When teaching the basics, folk tunes and theater song are emphasized.  Once the basics are mastered, vocal Opera techniques which allow students to advance beyond just the ordinary singer, toward Opera or any style of music.  

Vocal Opera techniques require stamina, dexterity and benefit everyone studying it. Opera technique and harmonies of chord structures are rooted in early music. This makes it similar to latin being the foundation of western languages.  Once the foundations are mastered, vocal styles of song branch out from there. Contemporary singing styles such as pop and jazz are derivatives of early classical styles.

Methods Overview:

The desire to play piano, or sing, then perform for audiences is what also helps create momentum to excel in music! With consistent practice and paying close attention to detail, all things are usually possible.

Students can also perform at recitals when a number of students in the studio are ready to perform. Recitals offer great entertainment and allow others to hear students perform. Diverse audiences may be fellow students, peers, parents and family or general public. Performing in front of an audience is really what the process is about. So this should be understood from the very beginning of music study.

Fast Track Lessons

This is the quickest and most efficient way to learn piano and voice. Lessons on 'Fast Track' are for students or parents who want to excel in student skills faster and more efficiently.  Fast track is a more complete process on the study of piano or voice.  The Fast Track is guaranteed to show better results in musicianship and overall performance excellence.

Practicing

Developing musicianship requires concentration in a non-distracting environment.  The practice environment can make a difference for the better. Please be sure to make it possible for practice each day of the week.

Practice when everyone (or dogs, cats) in the room are not making excessive noise, or elsewhere in the home. Singers should do the same. A separate room is ideal to practice singing, as concentrated singing is usually most effective when most are not around.

Television

When favorite shows are on, practice is distracted. Simply record favorite shows and watch them later, or plan practice away from television when possible.

Music Athleticism

Most folks today are most used to 'listening' to music, not making it.  Playing the piano or learning to sing is much different than listening. The actual process is about learning how to be athletic and learning dexterity of muscle movement. It is not much different than learning to play tennis, golf, soccer or any other sport.

Scheduling Practice

There are many things to consider on how to schedule practice effectively. Please ask about the process for best results!

History of Weekly Lessons

Learning piano and vocal song weekly via individual lessons is a true method of musical success! Weekly lessons combined with practice at home and hard work develops technique and dependable ability.  Students become motivated simply by improving their skills on a regular basis. When they see the result of their efforts they learn HOW to improve their skills and they are gratified as amateurs and pros alike!

Beethoven had weekly music lessons too!  Have a look at his teachers here.

The Study of Music:

Students who enroll should be ready to practice regularly.  Parents who enroll their kids should encourage practice along with other activities. Please be sure there are not too many activities going on to allow for regular practice on the piano or voice.  

For beginners and advanced students, developing reliable music skills such as practice and sightreading techniques are all part of music study.

If you are ready to get started, please sign up here!