- Hourly rate $60
- Response Time 1h
- Number of students 3
1st lesson is free!
Piano Exam Preparation from a professional pianist! Improve your technique and score-reading! Any levels welcome.
- By webcam
About the lesson
My teaching methods are based on emphasizing rhythm, audiation, and technique. My motto is "the simplest method is usually the best method."
A piano examination can be great for people who want to learn an instrument with lots of structure. As a teacher, I can guide you through how to learn repertoire quickly and with quality.
Get in touch if you want to explore great works of the piano repertoire in a structured way!
- Music reading
- Music Theory
- All Levels
I am a professional pianist with a degree in music. I gig on the regular in the city playing pop, jazz, and classical music!
Goodness gracious I could write a lengthy essay about how working and taking lessons from Brendan has improved my music skills but here are a few: 1) He is so patient. He does not rush me and does not expect me to play the concepts that we have done in lessons correctly on the spot. He understands that we are just students and learning but does these exercises to introduce the student. 2) Accessibility! He responds in a timely manner! I occasionally message Brendan at an unholy hour and typically he responds. It is really helpful when im practicing and have a couple of questions that have come up in my own practice. 3) Material and content of lessons. Ive never had jazz piano lessons before ( It was classical piano before) and the discoveries we make during lessons and out of lessons I feel are applicable to any jazz piano player. If im not particularly feeling a topic, Brendan will pick up on it and steer a little to try to introduce the information correctly in a different way. But eventually I will be listening and practicing on my own and what we had discussed, that wasnt interesting to me, will come up and then it makes sense why he covered it. I dont feel like my time is being tossed around when we are in lessons. We have fun during our lessons and have great discussion but it somehow ties back to the lesson of the day.
Brendan is an excellent teacher and musician. I've had lessons from many piano teachers in the past, none of whom I've felt have had such a deep knowledge of both piano technique and musicology; learning from Brendan feels like a series of revelations you wish you knew sooner. His enthusiasm for the piano is contagious, and he's approachable, friendly, and a great listener - lessons with him are always a blast. If you're looking to improve your piano playing and/or musicianship, you're in safe hands with Brendan!
Brendan is a very good teacher. I’ve been playing piano for the last 28 years. He has been a source of motivation, structured my practice, broke down complex concepts and simplified them for me. I think I’m in a much better spot and his constant help and support has been invaluable.
Brendan has been incredibly helpful in helping me piece together technique and theory to accelerate my jazz playing. He is able to come up with exercises that don't feel like chores to build foundational skills while also helping me explore my sound in different sylistic contexts.
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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- 5 h: $300
- 10 h: $600
- $ 60/h
Lessons are scheduled and paid for in blocks of 4 lessons at the beginning of every month. Lessons cannot be cancelled, but with more than 24 hours notice they can be rescheduled.