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Tim Snyder

Aurora ON | L4G 7L3

About me

My philosophy is to create an environment in which students are free to express their emotions through their playing. I value each student as an individual, and work patiently to guide each student to fulfill his/her potential. I expect students to work hard, but find that encouragement goes a long way to help students enjoy their lesson.

Specialties

I teach piano students of all ages from beginner to Grade 8 Royal Conservatory method. For young beginner students (ages 4 and up) I use a variety of methods, such as Alfred, Music for Little Mozarts, Piano Adventures and Celebrate Piano. Then I encourage students to learn the Royal Conservatory Method when they are prepared for this next step in their progress. I prepare students for Royal Conservatory examinations only when I feel that the student and parent are ready to commit to this program. I also encourage students of all ages to learn popular songs at an appropriate level of difficulty. My saxophone program is geared for all ages as well. I recommend students start saxophone at age 10 and higher, but it depends on several physical factors, including whether the student can reach all the keys. I teach jazz, classical and popular saxophone, depending on the student's interests. I also prepare students for Royal Conservatory examinations on saxophone. I teach improvisation in jazz and blues as well.

Lesson details

Lesson structure depends greatly on the student's age and interest, but a sample lesson might start with sight reading (sight rhythm and sight melody), ear training (clapback rhythm and playback melody)and identifying intervals. Then I would review the student's homework from last week. I will ask the student how their practicing went, and if there are any questions. I will ask which piece they want to begin with, especially if there's a piece they can't wait to play! Then I will teach part of another song or songs, depending on the level. Scales and technique would either be at the beginning or end of the lesson, depending on how long we spend on sight and ear at the beginning of the lesson. I enjoy playing duets with students, especially if we can record a student and teacher duet in the lesson!

Education and Accreditation

Bachelor of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Bachelor of Education, Queen's University, Ontario
Attend Royal Conservatory of Music workshops

Testimonials

"My son has really enjoyed his lessons with Mr. Snyder; his patience and creativity has resulted in a young boy...

"Our son has been taking lessons with Tim for the past year and it has been a terrific experience all around....

"Over the past 6 years, Tim has done a wonderful job of keeping my son interested in piano. He allows his...

Experience

more than 5 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Childrens Music
Classical
Contemporary
Jazz
Pop

Methods

Alfred Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

piano
saxophone
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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