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My name is Chris Yenney, and I have been involved in music since I was about six years old. I'm looking for students in ANY age group whether they be children, young adults, or adults. I'm now a FULL TIME piano teacher with over 40 students but am still accepting. I'm great with kids (currently am teaching many children between the ages of 4 and 9) and believe that learning piano should be most of all FUN!
My teaching methods completely depend on the student and what he/she wants to achieve, however, a basic knowledge of RCM (Royal Conservatory Music) is a valuable and essential building block for any piano player. I myself have studied the RCM extensively since I was six years old taking many examinations along the way. It is also important to note that when starting to learn piano, it doesn't have to be a expensive investment. Beginning with a low end keyboard is absolutely acceptable. Down the line, if interest continues, then you can make the decision to purchase something more suitable for higher learning. Books are also quite inexpensive.
In the beginning, completing low level theory so that students can identify different note types, rhythms, and musical markings is essential to musical development. Each lesson I typically give a small amount of homework (depending on the age and school workload) for the student to have completed by the next lesson. I also conduct quizzes along the way to be sure students are grasping the concepts, and if not, focus on those areas that are causing trouble.
Here are some of the possible avenues we can take:
- RCM examination preparation and execution
- RCM styled learning to understand the fundamentals of piano
- RCM free learning.
I want to also stress that even when learning through the RCM, we can also look at other types of music. I have several books of popular songs that you can use at anytime. Also, you are more than welcome to bring any sheet music you want to learn! It should also be noted that when starting as a complete beginner, RCM isn't something we begin with. Even the easiest RCM book is quite difficult. I always start my students in a very beginner book. It's important to not become overwhelmed.
All this aside, I believe the experience of learning piano should be an enjoyable one, and one that keeps the student interested, and most importantly involved! During my piano education, I took the process slow, and for me that was what kept me moving, and is the reason that I am still involved in music today. I currently have my own original musical album, and several singles all available on iTunes (search "Chris Yenney"). I also operate my own music YouTube channel that now has over 1,000,000 views, and roughly 10,000 subscribers!
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call or email.