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Gregg Schiller

Vancouver BC | V6E 2E5

About me

I have been playing since the age of 4 years and my parents never forced me to practice and I always enjoyed perfoming for audiences. I have taught piano students for over 30 years from the time I was still a young teenager graduating from the Royal Conservatory. I have performed at various piano competitions winning 1st place positions and I continue to perform for private and public events and celebratory functions. I am currently playing piano for several Ballet Academies and companies for rehearsals for productions like "The Nutcracker", etc.

I have been inspired by the instrument of the piano itself from the way it is designed physically as well as the percussive nature of playing on it while creating a beautiful sound as a way of expressing my feelings and creativity coupled with my love for all music, especially Classical.

My philosophy in teaching piano is that everyone and anyone can learn to play the piano, no matter what age they are, just as long as they have a real desire to learn and are willing to practice on a regular basis.
I have the experience and knowledge for interpreting the musicality of all types of pieces and showing students how to bring that out when they play. I can prepare students for the Royal Conservatory examination in pratical performance for all grade levels as well as the corresponding theory and history of music courses too, if they want to go that route. Plus I also enjoy and am open to teaching all students in any of the other genres and style of music they want to learn. I think it is very important that the students enjoy the music they want to play and if they are interested in the traditional style and methods of coaching, I can do that as well.

As a graduate of the Royal Conservatory at the national school in Toronto,
I studied under the top teachers in performance and theory from the teachers who wrote the books and music that are still used in the national exams.
I am very patient and I make learning the piano a fun and easy experience for all age levels and experiences of students.

I think it is important to perform the music in the style it was originally written so that every piece has its own style and charactiersitics and the feeling comes out in their performance. I enjoy sharing all my knowledge of music and how to play the correct way so that studetns learn the proper postions of playing certain technical passages as well as how to sit the right way to avoid neck, back and wrist/finger pains.

I also believe that having some classcial music background helps students to learn all the other music styles too while learning to appreciate how music has evolved.

Specialties

I am inspired by all Classical music and in particular Chopin and the composers from the Romantic period as well as the Modern Classical genre.
I also enjoy playing piano music from other genres including: Ragtime, Blues and even Russian Gypsy music. I also love to play music from contemproary rock bands with classical elements in their music like Queen; Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP); Elton John and Billy Joel to name a few as well as popular songs and Broadway show tunes.

I can teach any style of music. I belive students should learn the music they want. If they are beginner's, I start with the easy classical pieces so they learn how to sight read and learn the notes and fingering first, and from there move towards the styles of music they prefer.
I believe in the students identifying and directing their learning needs and musical preferences so that I can enable them to reach their goals.

Lesson details

My piano lessons are stuctured based on the goals and the style of music desired by the students. I think it is important to do a warm-up through fun exercises on the piano or scales for a few minutes and then get into the actual playing of the music. The theory of music and history of music is also taught when necessary to explain why we play a certain way and how the fingering is marked so that students play approprately and with ease.
Then I have the students play various pieces of music and I show them how the pieces should sound and how to play them properly so they can practice them at home and play them for me again for their next lesson to see if the make the improvements. I like to have the students learn a few pieces each week so they have a variety of pieces they want to learn to inspire them. The quicker the corections are made and pieces are completed, the more new pieces we can keep learning so that each sudent has a large repertoire of pieces to perform for themslevs and for the enjoyment of others too.
I think lessons should be at least one hour long so that students are not rushed and there is time to go over details and corrections for technical passages so that mistakes are not continued from week to week and progress is made quicker. I recommend lessons be on a weekly basis depending on the goals of the individuals or on a bi-weekly basis depending on the workload and time each student has to dedicate themselves to practising on a regular basis.

Education and Accreditation

I graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music Of Toonto with an Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) in Piano Performance & Teaching when I was only 17 years old and I also completed a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University. I was a 1st place winner for several years at the Kiwanis Music Festivals in various piano perfomance categories and for Sight Reading also.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9 am - 9am
Sunday 9am - 9am

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Blues
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Improvisation
Modern
Performance
Pop
Rock

Methods

Royal Conservatory of Music
Thompson Method

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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