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Piano Lessons in Portland Oregon

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•  A Rewarding and Profound Musical Experience

     •  An Avenue for Self-Expression

          •  Creativity, Individuality, and Achievement

The Right Piano Teacher, Portland Oregon
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Finding the right piano teacher is essential. A piano teacher should be a good listener, design every lesson to accommodate the progress of each student, and make sure students are comfortable with the pace. The piano instructor should create a supportive, relaxed learning environment. Students should feel free to ask questions, be inquisitive, and express themselves. Creativity and individuality are encouraged. Many of my new students arrive without any piano background, and this is perfect When we start piano or keyboard lessons from the beginning, we can cover everything that the student needs in a relaxed time frame. Each aspect of playing piano will be covered. I begin students as young as 4, and have had students in their 80's begin lessons as well. Any age is a great age to begin piano lessons or keyboard lessons.

There is a considerable difference in piano studios in Portland Oregon. Some piano studios do group piano lessons. While this might be useful for children under 4, kids really need the personal attention of private piano lessons. I never do group lessons. All piano classes are one on one. Private, individual lessons result in learning rates so much faster than group lessons.
Learn how to play piano with private lessons. It is simply a much more effective way to learn to play.

Some teachers present lessons as if we are still in the 17th century. Not here! Students will find a modern, effective, and fun teaching environment. Many studios in Portland are owned by corporations, and farm the students on to different piano teachers. Look for a teacher who runs his own business and his own studio.

The easiest way to get started is to jump right in. Call and set up the first month of lessons. You'll quickly get a sense of the process of learning to play piano. Or you can call to schedule a time to come down to the piano studio to meet me. We can then discuss your, or your child's specific  interests in music. I'll show you how I teach piano and keyboard and answer questions you have. A lesson can be 1/2 or 1 hour each week. Call me at 503-253-7222 to make an appointment.

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Piano Lessons or Keyboard Lessons
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Many people own keyboards instead of pianos. A keyboard can be a fine substitute for a piano. Learning is the same on a piano or keyboard. Probably half my students own pianos, the other half keyboards. If you don't yet own an instrument, I can make some useful recommendations.

By blending traditional materials with modern teaching methods, my lessons explore a global music perspective: European Classical, American Blues, Jazz & Gospel, Modern Pop, New Age, Rock, World Music, and Folk Songs from around the world. When you learn to play piano or keyboard, in addition to your playing skills, you will gain a knowledge of all aspects of music.
Inspiration & Creativity
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A private piano lesson provides a unique and personal experience. I primarily teach beginning and intermediate students and encourage creativity and individual expression.  Students will learn when they are inspired by playing music they enjoy. As a result, students stay motivated, and seek out new challenges.

A piano studio should be a place where inspiration and imagination create an adventure. Lessons should be fun and students should feel a sense of accomplishment.  I do not hold piano recitals. Students are free to decide how best they can express their skill: playing music with some friends or family, performing at school or a talent show, or composing an original piece of music and making a recording and CD. The lessons are for the each student. 

Fun & Enjoyable Learning
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Learning to play piano should be
a captivating adventure. Over the years, teaching piano has rewarded me with chance to get to know many wonderful people. I am always intrigued by the way each student takes on the challenge of learning to play piano. Every student brings a unique personality to the lessons. Individual interests make the lessons fresh and new, and new skills follow. Curiosity about all things musical makes piano a continual learning experience. I have one rule; have fun. This makes all the difference in learning to play the piano.

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        Learning To Play Piano Can Seem Like A Mystery

...This Is How We Unravel The Mystery       

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 Reading Music
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Music reading skills are fundamental to
playing piano. There is so much
wonderful music from all over the globe.
Students can choose from a wide variety
musical styles: Classical, Popular, Blues,
Jazz, Gospel, New Age, Contemporary,
Rock, World, Ethnic and Folk music.
You can play pieces from many composers; Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Ellington, Brubek, T.Monk, Enya, Billy Joel, Beatles,
and dozens of other composers. Each student can progress at their own comfortable rate, and will quickly acquire proficiency playing.

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Playing By Ear
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Many students wish to be able to play by
ear, either to figure out songs without
the need for sheet music, to learn how
to improvise, or simply because it's
fun. Some students are interested in
learning to accompany themselves when
singing, or learn how to play Blues and
jam with friends. Students will learn
the way musicians do. Ear training,
and music theory is used to develop
the ability to hear notes and be able
to play them. Melodies and chord
voicings are studied to see how songs
are created and assembled. We can create
our own arrangements, alter sheet music
to accommodate our playing style,
or transpose a piece into a different key.
We also learn about rhythms and how they
contribute to various styles and genres
of music. Understanding how music is
put together creates a strong sense
of musicianship.

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Song Writing
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Songwriting develops creativity and
original thinking. Students at any skill
level are encouraged to work on
original music. Starting with the basics,
we explore the fundamentals of songwriting
by writing simple melodies and putting
them together with chords. We can play
the song on the studio keyboard, and
with notation software & computer,
print a score. This helps students
easily understand how notation works.
As a songwriter myself, I especially enjoy
working with students who wish to try it.
If we want to record the music, we can
make it a simple piano piece,
or expand it one instrument at a
time until we have an entire orchestral
score. It's a great feeling to compose a
piece of music and have a printed score
or CD at the completion.

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Music For Everyone
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Every student is unique. In addition
to traditional piano study, here are
some things for students to make
their experience special:
•  Learn To Play Blues

 Learn How To Accompany Singing

 Study How To Play By Ear

•  Arrange A Song And Print Out The Score

•  Compose And Record A CD

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Children have natural musical
ability and delight in playing the piano.
The key is to make music a part
of their world.Learning to play piano
develops physical coordination, and visual,
aural, timing and language skills.
A typical lesson begins at the piano
where we work on reading music.
We may then move on to arrange or
record a song, learn a special piece,
or write an original tune. Younger students
might make a recording from “The Lion King”
building an arrangement with sounds of piano,
bass, drums, and marimba. Students feel
a grand sense of accomplishment when
they take home a CD and printed score of
a song they've recorded themselves.
A variety of learning material will engage
a student, make the lessons fun,
and inspire him to continue.

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Adults often find, that by the time they
have decided to play the piano, they
have been
thinking about it for years,
perhaps decades.
Many of my adult students
start beginner
piano lessons with no
prior instruction.
Beginning piano lessons
is the first step.
A patient teacher, and
private piano lessons,
will give each adult
the attention they need
to accomplish
what they want.

Adults find that a comfortable and

casual environment is ideal when
learning to play piano. Students are
introduced to songs that are stimulating
and inspiring, and as the mysteries of
music are unraveled, they rapidly master
the basics. Most students enjoy exploring
several different musical directions.

The lessons are yours, and you may
decide how you want to use your time.
Here are a few things that adult
typically work on: beautiful
classical music, contemporary popular
music, Blues improvisation,
jazz tunes, theory and harmony.
If you like to sings, learn how to
use chords to accompany your voice. 

Or listen to a track from a film score,
and see how the different instruments
fit together to create a special mood.
Perhaps, you would like to try composing
some music, be it a simple piano piece,
or something more complex.

The learning process can be fun and a
rewarding personal experience.
Students are encouraged to help choose
the direction of their own piano

lessons and create musical some goals.

 adult child children beginner beginners
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My piano studio is a great environment in
which to learn music. Private lessons
afford each student maximum attention.
Classes are held at a relaxed pace.
There are two acoustic pianos, a keyboard
and computer. Through the use of modern
teaching methods, students can easily visualize musical ideas that evade traditional methods. In addition, students can make the connection between music we play at the studio, and how professionals evolve this into recording on CD, film, and television. Parking is conveniently provided, there is a large waiting room, and a coffee shop just down the block.

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Norm Zarr
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Norm Zarr has been a piano teacher
since 1978. He studied and received his
degree in New York City. As founder of
a Digital Horizons Corp, he pioneered
early development of music education and
professional music & midi software products.
His background in music education, composing,
and technology has given him an extensive
understanding of the requirements for
successful music education.

Norm Zarr
has been awarded two Platinum Records, and has performed professionally. As a composer & song writer, he has worked on film
scores, and television music. Most recently, his music has appeared on:
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