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Private Piano or Song-writing Lessons

Elizabeth (BFA, MAE)
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In these on-going private lessons, I will propel your learner to the next level with serious music theory disguised as fun games, exciting song-writing activities, and familiar tunes. #creative

Class Experience

I teach classes on a variety of arts-related subjects: 
  * piano, sight-reading, song-writing; 
  * realistic drawing techniques;
  * comic book creations & anime drawing styles;
  * digital arts, Photoshop, graphic design.

Look at the bottom of my profile to find my other classes. 
    → https://outschool.com/teachers/Elizabeth-Essex ←

As a teacher with over twenty years of experience, I have been running my own piano studio full-time for the last decade. I started learning music in piano lessons when I was four years old and am currently teaching my 15th academic year as a piano teacher. I also am a former public school visual arts teacher, university adjunct professor, swim instructor, dance teacher, and math tutor.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students will receive weekly homework based on the classwork, to be completed on a near-daily basis. Regular practice is an integral part of learning to play an instrument. Practice length and frequency will vary on the age and ability of the student.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: As part of assessing students' music learning, I strongly recommend all students perform as frequently as possible-- informally, formally, virtually, in-person, for friends or family, and for large audiences. Preparing for performances is a part of a strong lesson routine. Students build a sense of self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-expression by participating in group lessons, sharing their unique compositions, and performing in biannual recitals. I offer songwriting classes, music game groups, and virtual recitals. I encourage all my students to participate in mine or similar classes. Sharing performances and learning with peers is an important part of musical development. If you need a formal evaluation for homeschool, please let me know.
All students will need a keyboard or piano for both the lesson and regular at-ho me practice. You may also need to purchase books or print materials. New students, please meet me in the Trial Lesson Class and I will explain in detail.

I recommend all students keep a pencil with a good eraser at the piano at all times. 

Older students, especially those interested in song-writing, I recommend having a parent create a FREE noteflight.com account as soon as possible.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
To fully participate in any music class, it's best to check your audio settings in Zoom first! Watch below to find out how to turn on ORIGINAL SOUND on your device:
iPads → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1pkirtPH9o
other platforms → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZMRtrSsYY

Google drive will be used to screenshare music theory games during class.

Older students may be asked to use noteflight.com to write songs on the staff. A parent will need to create a personal account and help them log in when necessary.

Parental Assistance During Lessons
Parent assistance is necessary for young musicians to best interact with the class. Young learners may need help finding the correct keys, adjusting posture, or turning the microphone on/off. Parents will also be asked to help students regulate at-home practice.

Parental Involvement
Children are not born with daily routines, but learn to work within them. Students will need help with the daily routine of practicing, doing and checking homework, and listening to music. Also, listening to recordings regularly is important in order to learn to play by ear, or even just to know when sight-reading incorrectly. Singing is also helpful for learning Suzuki songs.

Is my child ready for lessons?
Any child that can focus on an activity for 5 minutes or more and willingly accepts re-direction is ready for lessons. I accept students ages 4+ for private lessons. Students ages three and four are eligible for mommy and me lessons. Please message me.

Absolutely NO EATING during class. Learners will need the constant use of both of their hands to engage with their full attention. Learners who are eating on camera may be asked to leave.
To teach sight-reading, I use a blend of my own arranged public domain songs, Faber Piano Adventures, the Wunderkeys series, and Supersonics books; however, transfer students are welcome to continue using the books they already have as I am familiar with most English-language piano book series. As I mentioned above, I also recommend young beginners learn using the Suzuki method, including the book and listening material.

Some material used in this course is composed, arranged, and written by Nancy and Randall Faber. Copyright © Faber Piano Adventures, Inc. Used with permission.
Some material used in this course is composed, arranged, and written by Andrea and Trevor Dow. Copyright © Teach Piano Solutions, Inc. Used with permission.
Some material used in this course is composed, arranged, and written by Daniel McFarlane. Copyright © Supersonics Piano, Inc. 
Joined March, 2022
Teacher expertise and credentials
Virginia Teaching Certificate in Music/Theater/Arts
Master's Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University
Hi! I've been teaching for over 20 years. I love Outschool, and I'm excited to be able to share my passion for the arts with kids across the world!

I teach classes related to my all favorite things music and art. I love comics and graphic novels,... 
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per session
Meets on demand
25 min

Completed by 53 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 4-18

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