Jazz piano lessons for adult beginners

Billy Lester is teaching jazz piano lessons for adult beginners.

According to Billy:

” Most adult beginners come to the lessons with a bit of trepidation either from previous bad experiences with other piano teachers or with a fear that they will not be successful. I always approached music with a love of learning for learning’s sake. My job is to impart that love of learning. I’ve spent many years  asking myself how I would like to be taught. And the answer is “with as little pressure as possible!” With that in mind, I’ve developed a mode of teaching which has a strong emphasis on explaining the music. Most of my adult students are learning to play the music from the American Song Book:i.e. the music of  George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, etc. At first we study chord structure and scales. With that information I am able to teach songs using numbers to describe the chord position within each key e.g. the II7 going to a V7 etc. Then we learn the relationship of the melody to the chord. In that way the music in both hands becomes unified. When the student finally actually reads the notes of the music he is able to “sense” the flow of the music, rather than reading random musical symbols.

If the Adult beginner chooses, we can then approach improvisation in it’s most beginning stages. After that…the sky’s the limit.”

Billy is currently accepting new students at his studio in Yonkers, NY.

Lessons in Music Theory

Billy Lester is teaching lessons in Music Theory as part of his curriculum for all students.

According to Billy:

“As the beginner’s skill grows, we begin to study theory. The bent is towards understanding the harmonic structure of a classical or jazz piece, and also towards jazz improvisation if the student is so inclined.

Listening to music is also on the agenda. Depending on the student’s developmental level, Classical musical from Bach to Stravinsky and Jazz from ragtime to bebop are recommended. Musicians can not live in a vacuum and listening to music is a great way to be inspired.”

Billy Lester is currently accepting new students at his studio in Yonkers, N.Y.

Piano lessons for Children and Beginners

Billy Lester is teaching piano lessons for children and beginners at his studio in Yonkers.

According to Billy –

“If a child knows the alphabet, he or she is ready to begin. Explaining how to identify the white keys of the piano  enables the beginner to learn simple folk or nursery tunes. I also compose little tunes for little children. The goal is to start reading music with a design towards classical, blues and boogie woogie. The beginning books which I use are “Pageants for Piano” by Donald Waxman, “Introducory Classics to Moderns” by Dene Agay and “Suzuki Piano vol. 2”. My expertise in Jazz allows me to include pieces such as “Muskat Ramble”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”, “When You’re Smiling”, “Over The Rainbow”, When You Wish Upon A Star”, “My Favorite Things” etc.”

Billy is currently accepting new students. Email now!