Piano, basic voice, beginning guitar
Jazz, Film music, Classical
I found music at the age of 13 with guitar. I played for four years and got good pretty quickly. However, I took notice of other kinds of music aside from rock and heavy metal as I got older, and most of it involved piano. I started to take interest in composing music with the piano. When I entered College I became interested in Jazz. There was so much intricacy to the harmony I wanted to learn how the music was built, what was behind the scenes of the "magic " so to speak. I wanted to posses the power of being able to play all those complex yet beautiful sounding chords that came with the genre of what is called "jazz". I am currently taking on the challenge of becoming a truly well round jazz pianist. I attend The School of Music at University of Maryland majoring on music with a focus on Jazz piano. I gig on the regular when the phone rings either as the background pianist to a party, or with a full band at weddings, and I also volunteer as an ensemble accompanist a
I work well with kids because as a person I'm very relaxed and I don't take myself to seriously. I've been told by parents "you must be very patient", but it's not that I'm patient I am just very easy going and I have an very clear understanding of when it comes to making mistakes in music and the time it takes to learn a concept. In other words I know the "struggle", so I don't hold it against little kids when they've made the same mistake repeatedly for example, and I highly praise them when I see they've made a step towards becoming a better musician, even if it's something little. I also become energetic when I'm on my teaching role, I've noticed kids tend to respond well to that also.
Jeremy Soule ( Film Score composer, fun fact: he's the writer for the Skyrim soundtrack which I've listened to about 500 times...that's not a joke)
Barry Harris, Bill Evans, Giovanni Mirabassi (modern day jazz pianist)
I've traveled to Europe. Both France and London, and yes they actually do have grand pianos and upright pianos at the train stations, sometimes in the streets.
Yes, we are very pleased with Diego. My boys have been eager to do their daily practicing because of Diego’s encouragement. Worth every penny!
We have successfully completed 4 lessons and I am very satisfied. Diego is professional and he arrives on time and has engaging energy that my son gravitates to. So much easier than the former service I tried. Diego is professional and my son is playing keyboards better already and he actually attempts songs on his own during the week.
I like that he is flexible with genre and music selections. I also like that he’s teaching techniques that are challenging and allow my son to improvise to enhance his music. He’s giving him a LOT of new material at a VERY fast pace, so we’ll see how it goes. Have a nice day,
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