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Ken R. - Piano, Ear training, Songwriting, Music theory Teacher

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$50per hour

Classical Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons

I am a classically trained pianist, songwriter, composer, and worship leader. I received my BA in Music from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Since then, I have spent the last 20+ years teaching and working professionally in the music industry.

During this time, I have written numerous songs and musical pieces for concerts, worship experiences, and for the studio. My most recent record is a solo piano album called Perfect Peace. It is made up of songs I composed specifically for the album. I also have an original worship album called King Over All. Both are available on iTunes, Spotify, and any of the other major digital distributors.

My goal as a piano teacher is to help you become a well-rounded musician.

With this in mind, I have created four tracks to help my students pick the path which best fits them. They are Piano, Chords, Songwriting, and Music Theory. Each track contains a group of modules to help you as a student excel to the next level. All of my students will work through the 8 Piano modules.

It is not mandatory to add an additional track. However, students interested in enhancing their piano studies can choose to add one of the three remaining tracks: Chords, Songwriting or Music Theory.

PIANO TRACK

The Piano track emphasizes reading sheet music, learning scales and key signatures, arpeggios, trills, and other techniques. Students learn pieces from the major composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Debussy. They also learn to play music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Classical Piano covers many genres including etudes, preludes, polonaise, nocturnes, mazurkas, waltzes, and ballads.

CHORDS TRACK

The Chords track focuses on teaching students to play pop, rock, and jazz tunes, and the chords and chord progressions associated with each style. Students will learn to read chord symbols, chord charts, lead sheets, and slash charts.

Chord technique such as right and lefthand rhythmic patterns, incorporating the melody, utilizing chord inversions, chord abbreviations, chord coloring, and learning to play accompaniment are also taught.

Students who take the Chords track will learn how to transpose songs using the Nashville Numbering System (NNS).

SONGWRITING TRACK

Prerequisite: Piano 1-2 and Chords 1-2

In the Songwriting track, students will learn many of the essential ingredients of a great song including song structure, using technology to capture and harness ideas, the fundamentals of lyric writing, writing great melodies, instrumentation, how to write for specific instruments, modulation, and countermelodies.

Songwriting is close to my heart as I have been writing music since I was a kid. This past summer I recorded an original solo piano album. I have also written more than 100 worship songs. In this track, I share with you everything you need to know about songwriting based on my personal journey with writing.

THEORY TRACK

Just as a spoken language has rules that govern it, so does the language of music. This language helps us understand how music works, and it gives us the terminology to communicate with other musicians. Show me a musician that knows music theory, and I will show you someone who can quickly make sense of the music they read or hear. The

The Theory track goes beyond the typical music theory that a person gets when learning to play the piano. In this track, students learn about the make-up of chords and their functions, ear training exercises, modal scales and harmony, the hierarchy of 3rds and 7ths, and dominant function. It’s everything you would ever need to know about how music works.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and I would love an opportunity to teach you.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Pop
Rock
Worship Music
Ages
5 and Up

Ear training Lessons

Ear training is an important part of learning to play an instrument.

Students who study ear training with me will learn pitch and relative pitch which includes related skills such as playing tunes by ear, working out the chords to a song, improvising on your instrument based on what you hear in your head, sight-singing from sheet music and being able to hear music in your head when you see it written down.

You will also learn about melodies, scales, intervals, chords, chord progressions and keys.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Ages
12 and Up

Songwriting Lessons

You will learn many of the essential ingredients of a great song including song structure, using technology to capture and harness ideas, the fundamentals of lyric writing, writing great melodies, instrumentation, how to write for specific instruments, modulation, and countermelodies.

Songwriting is close to my heart as I have been writing music since I was a kid. This past summer I recorded an original solo piano album. I have also written more than 100 worship songs. I will share with you everything you need to know about songwriting based on my personal journey with writing.

Levels
Beg
Int
Ages
12 and Up

Music theory Lessons

Just as a spoken language has rules that govern it, so does the language of music. This language helps us understand how music works, and it gives us the terminology to communicate with other musicians.

Show me a musician that knows music theory, and I will show you someone who can quickly make sense of the music they read or hear. The

My music theory teaching goes beyond the typical music theory that a person gets when learning to play the piano. You will learn about the make-up of chords and their functions, ear training exercises, modal scales and harmony, the hierarchy of 3rds and 7ths, and dominant function. It’s everything you would ever need to know about how music works.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Ages
12 and Up

Overview

Did you take piano lessons as a child and want your kids to share that same experience? Perhaps you didn't get a chance to learn when you were young and you are afraid you are too old.

I have good news! It's not too late!

I specialize in helping people of all ages discover the joy that comes from playing the piano. My aim is to help you reach your musical goals and to teach you in a way that you learn best.

Experience what it's like to take piano lessons online. All you need is a laptop or tablet with a webcam.

You will learn how to read music and to play chords so that you can play your favorite songs.

If this sounds good to you, feel free to reserve a lesson with me at a time that is convenient for you.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

I have been teaching children how to play the piano for over 20 years. I’ve taught kids as young as kindergarteners and as old as teenagers.With younger children, my goal is to teach musical principles in a fun and creative way. I do this by implementing piano games that kids can play with me and their parents.I believe that parental support is an important part of a child’s success, especially younger children. Kids need parents to help them stay on track with practicing and they need encouragement along the way.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

When I teach adults, I like to give them more freedom to learn songs that they enjoy. I often ask them to make me a list of their favorite songs so that I can work them into their lessons.I’m also sensitive to the fact that they may not be able to practice as much due to their busy schedules. With this in mind, I often let them set the pace of learning.

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Why are you a music teacher?

I teach piano because I love to play and it gives me joy to teach others how to play. Music has always been an important part of my life and it has taught me so many things. I could not imagine having a career without music.

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Why should I choose you as my teacher?

I have a proven track record when it comes to teaching music. Just recently, one of my students who I taught all through high school earned his doctorate degree in music.Another one of my students recently found me on Facebook. I had taught piano to him in 1st – 3rd grade. He went on to tell me that after I had moved away, he got involved with sports through junior high and high school.During college, he remembered how much he loved music and started a band.He is now in his early 20’s and has learned piano, guitar, and drums. Many of the songs on his band’s album were written by him. He credits his success to me and said that the seeds that I planted many years earlier bloomed at just the right time.

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What do you do during the first lesson?

Usually, I spend some time getting to know you personally and I assess your skill level. I will give a high-level overview of some of the things you will be learning. I will spend as much time as is needed to answer any of the questions that you have.

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Education

Bachelors of Music

Sep 1993 - May 1997Wheaton College

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency

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