My teaching methodology for songwriting is imitate, imitate, imitate. Everything a songwriter does is an emulation of another great songwriter. If you only know 3 chords, let's listen to the Who. If you're a beginner pianist, let's listen to Neil Young. If you're an advanced guitarist, let's see what tricks Led Zeppelin is using.
No matter the genre you're interested in, I can teach you how to analyze and emulate whatever songwriters you choose, and show you the conventions and tricks all songwriters use along the way.
I am a professional pianist and songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. I've played with Edmonton and Calgary artists such as Justine Vandergrift, Trevor McNeely, Ella Coyes, and more. I've also played piano in groups like the Leah Harman Quintet, the YEG Big Band, the Aretha Tillotson Quartet and the Joel Jeschke Trio. I have 10 years of experience writing pop songs, composing and arranging for jazz ensembles, and performing my owns songs on guitar and keyboards for live audiences.
Please give more than 24 hours notice to cancel a lesson for refund! Generally I am open to rescheduling if a student wants to reschedule.
- Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Pop Piano performance.
- Masters of Music in classical piano performance (in progress).
- 10 year as a professional songwriter/musician in pop and rock circles.
- 5 years as a professional pianist, composer, and arranger in jazz circles.
- 2 years as a professional pianist in classical circles.
Brendan is a piano teacher who encourages our sons interests, and challenges him. This year my son has more initiative to practice and truely seems to enjoy piano. Brendan is a great piano teacher and a talented piano player.
Brendan is amazing!!!! Brendan was my first piano teacher and truly helped me gain key concepts about playing the piano, but also about music in general. He taught me about scales, chords, technique, repertoire, improvisation, interpretation, harmony, and analysis. He pushed me to develop my own practice and helped me understand myself as a learner. He also encouraged me to gain my own understand of music through the venues that most interested me. Learning with him was fun! He is a super accommodating, kind person who listens to your specific needs as a learner and takes them seriously.
Brendan and I met just over five years ago and even then he was an outstanding musician, pianist and individual. We quickly became colleagues. I've always admired Brendan's dedication, work ethic, enthusiasm and acute attention to detail with everything he does musically and in life. I know Brendan McGrath to be an amazing teacher; he's extremely great at explaining things, has an extensive knowledge of the piano, and notices small things a lot of others normally wouldn't. I've learned a lot from Brendan.
Brendan and I have worked together for over five years, as a duo and in various quartet ensembles. He is a brilliant pianist and educator who is dedicated to his craft.
Having taken several lessons from Brendan myself, his lessons are clear, concise, and gives his students the material they need to succeed. I would recommend Brendan to anyone from any musical background and skill level that is interested in learning and having fun along the way!
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