One-On-One Private Piano / Keyboard Lessons
Blue Cat Music by Alexandra Rhoads
In 1:1 private piano lessons, students will learn from an experienced instructor who will help them improve their piano performance at any level using popular piano methods.
Welcome to private piano lessons with Blue Cat Music! This class will vary based on the skill level of the student. Any student from beginner to more advanced may take lessons! One-on-one interaction with the instructor will ensure students will receive constant feedback on their piano progress. The class will follow the Alfred and/or Faber Piano Adventures Piano Methods along with supplemental materials for intermediate and advanced learners. Learners will benefit from two views of the...
Students will learn: -Proper posture at the piano - how to sit on the bench, hold the fingers, etc. -Finger numbers -The difference between black keys and white keys and how we use them -Reading music on the treble and bass clef -Theory concepts including key signatures, time signatures, whole, half, quarter and eighth notes -Dynamics and musicality
Alexandra Rhoads - Alexandra has been teaching music lessons for over 15 years. She earned her Master’s in Education from George Mason University in 2012 and has taught full-time as a special education teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools at the elementary and high school levels. Alexandra has been a performing musician and songwriter in the Northern Virginia area both with a band (Spectra) and as a solo artist for over 15 years. She has released two studio albums entitled “Room to Breathe” (2007) and “All This Time” (2016) in which she performed all vocal, guitar, and piano tracks, and received a Silver award in the Rock category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest in 2016. Additionally, she has been nominated for 3 Washington Area Music Awards. She has a background in classical, rock, pop, and blues styles on both piano and guitar. Alexandra’s goals in teaching are to broaden her students’ knowledge of music, help them reach their full potential, and allow them to learn music that they are excited about. She is passionate about sharing her love of music with her students! Alexandra Stoetzel - Alexandra has taught piano for 15 years. She loves to introduce students of all ages to music and it’s powerful ability to lift their spirits, help them to grow, and have fun. As a teacher, she focuses on balancing inspiration, explanation, and consistent technique practice. Alexandra began studying piano at age 5, after tagging along to her mother’s classical piano lessons. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music and continues her education through apprenticeships, private lessons, and real-world experience. Beyond the piano, she has studied mandolin, guitar, and voice. She also led or served as a musical director in several contemporary ensembles, including blues, pop/rock, country, and jazz. Olena Willits - Olena has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the piano and keyboard performance and teaching. Her professional history includes such positions as teaching at Kyiv School of Music, playing at the Kyiv Musical Theater Orchestra, as well as working as a concertmaster at the Kyiv Children Choir, and a worship leader at local churches. She grew up and studied music in Kiev, Ukraine but now lives and teaches in the Atlanta, GA area. Olena finds great pleasure in teaching and feels that she learns as much from her students as they do from her. Each one is a unique individual and she strives to find the right approach to help them learn and discover new things. Her teaching approach helps students develop a love for music and a desire to learn! Carlehr Swanson (vocalist, pianist, speaker) is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Music at the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami with degrees in Jazz Vocal Performance. Before college, Carlehr accompanied and directed multiple church choirs. She credits this experience as significantly influencing her musicality. Upon entering college, she realized the absence of gospel music in higher education. Consequently, she co-founded and directed the Frost Gospel Ensemble. Giving back to her community and connecting with others has been an important theme in Carlehr's life, as she brings people together to serve the greater good. She is the founder and director of the organization "Music is Unity," where she takes music performances to people who may not experience them otherwise. Throughout this year, she has planned and performed more than a dozen virtual events for the community. In 2017 and 2022, Carlehr was 3rd Runner-Up (2017, 2022) in the Miss Virginia Organization and was named the People's Choice (2017). She continues sharing her social impact initiative, "Music is Unity.” Carlehr's career highlights include performances with Shelia Jordan, The Manhattan Transfer, and The New York Voices. Carlehr's greatest dream is to leave every place better than she found it. Levi Carpman - Levi Carpman is a Northern Colorado based musician, educator, and producer. He attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Levi has been teaching since 2019 in a variety of settings ranging from private lessons to directing a state finalist marching band percussion section. He has experience with a variety of genres, allowing lessons to be tailored around the interests of the student, and his main goal is always to help students find the joy in music. Marcus Rose - Marcus has been teaching violin, viola, and piano for 15 years. He has taught in many schools and privately in NYC and Los Angeles. As a professional musician, he has worked with Grammy award winning musicians (I.e. the New York Philharmonic, Solange, Itzhak Perlman), been a soloist with orchestras like the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and Marshall Symphony, and has a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School. As a teacher, Marcus's approach to learning is instilling the notion of music being a universal language. He makes his classes fun and engaging, always tailoring to the specific needs of the student. He makes a point to incorporate music theory and ear training early on, ensuring a solid musical foundation.
Homework OfferedLearners are expected to practice 20-30 minutes a day, five days a week in order to be successful in this class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedOngoing feedback from instructor during the class.
-A piano or keyboard with at least 61 keys The method book will be recommended by instructor on or prior to the first lesson. Method books we use for beginners are as follows. Learners will not need all of the books, but rather the one preferred by their individual teacher: Faber Piano Adventures (primer level for beginners) Alfred Piano Series (Book 1A lesson and recital for beginners) John Thompson Piano Series Bastien Piano Series
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Book recommended by instructor on or prior to first lesson. Method books we use are as follows: Faber Piano Adventures (primer level for beginners) Alfred Piano Series (Book 1A lesson and recital for beginners) John Thompson Piano Series
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