Piano Lessons online (Eugene)

offered virtually
My name is Joel Skinner, and I am currently accepting students of all ages for online piano lessons.

If you’re wondering about the effectiveness of online lessons and why I have chosen to teach this way, please watch the short video explaining the benefits for families and students on my website, https://sonare.studio

Key points:
- Students can study from home using technology they already have = no extra driving!
- Students can attend multiple lessons per week for less cost than a single lesson = more affordable!
- Students benefit from a supportive group dynamic, fun games, and building friendships = lessons are enjoyable!
- Students progress quicker with multiple weekly lessons than single weekly lessons = less frustration and more success!

- Lessons are 30 or 45 minutes
- Lessons are weekly, scheduled in the afternoons
- Cost is $30 or $45 respectively

About me:
I am a lifelong Eugene and Springfield resident and music has always been a major part of my life, whether studying on my own, singing and arranging for choirs, or playing in various types of bands. I learned piano from my father in a non-traditional way, mostly by ear and through reading chord charts, and studied classical piano briefly before entering the school of music at the University of Oregon. I studied piano performance with Claire Wachter and Dean Kramer at the university for four years. Besides classical piano I also play jazz, blues, gospel, pop, and musical theater. After high-school I learned guitar and electric bass as well and enjoy each instrument.
I have worked with children in many different environments. In college I worked as an after-school care supervisor for elementary students. I homeschooled my own children for ten years. I’ve worked as a camp counselor for students of all ages at summer camps and on retreats. From 2010 to 2015 I owned an after-school art program teaching drawing skills to elementary aged children. I taught private piano lessons in my own studio from 2016-2017. I have also taught piano lessons for adults, some beginners and some advanced. Most of my work in music with adults has been helping people develop skills singing in vocal groups or playing together in various musical ensembles.

Philosophy of piano pedagogy:
Part of my training at the university included studying various methods of teaching piano. It was during this period that I realized how anomalous my training had been. Most piano students learn to play by reading the notes on the page, but they often lack ear-training (aural skills). The irony is that music is an auditory art form! I believe that students should be able to read the notes on the page because it allows them to learn certain kinds of music, but they should prioritize their ear training so they can learn any kind of music, with or without the written sheet music, or learn other instruments as they become interested. I’m so thankful that I can read written music as well as hear music and then quickly figure out how to play it, and I want to pass this ability on to my students. They will love to play when they can learn to play the music they love. Rheir playing will be more enjoyable and expressive when their ears are truly listening to all the intricacies of the music rather than simply playing what’s written on the page. Learning music should be like learning a language, where fluency means we can flow naturally in conversation, listening and responding, not just read ing and writing.

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