Hey everyone!

When I started teaching online, in 2012, I had no idea where it would take me. I didn’t know anything about the internet but I did know that 99% of the musicians and piano students I had ever worked with enjoyed the experience and that this would translate into the online world in one way or another.

The journey has been amazing so far, and has exceeded my expectations. One “bonus” has been that everyone who seeks me out online is passionate about music and learning the piano, so this keeps me continually inspired and motivated. It’s a two-way street!

Since the requests for Zoom and Skype lessons have skyrocketed over the past 6 months, I’m unexpectedly finding that my schedule is almost full. To accommodate the demand, I’m going to cut back some local teaching activities, and let my schedule fill up with one-on-one Zoom and Skype lessons because I enjoy them so much.

I just want to let you know about this so if you’re interested in studying with me via Zoom or Skype, or know someone else that is looking for lessons, you can get “on board” before September, which is when I usually get a lot of new requests for lessons.

Here are the main types of Zoom and Skype pianists who study with me:

Kids/Teens:
I used to teach tons of kids and teens locally, and while I didn’t initially seek them out online, their parents started contacting me for lessons last year and it’s been a delight! I have a few 8-10 year old students who are supplementing their “regular” piano lessons by studying improvisation with me, and others with whom I do a combination of traditional and pop/rock/jazz material. I also teach some teenagers who had successfully learned the basics of piano and wanted to play jazz, rock, and pop.

Adults who have always wanted to improvise:
Many pianists have enjoyed playing written music for years and yearn to learn improvisation but find it intimidating (or don’t know how to begin). I’m particularly good at guiding them in a friendly manner.

Piano “re-starters:”
One of my current students coined this term, for those adults who are returning to the piano after decades of working and raising their family. Now, they get to play piano “on their own terms!”

Semi-professionals who aim to attain mastery:
I love helping gigging piano players take their jazz, pop, or rock playing up to the highest levels, so they feel they’re on a par with their musical colleagues and they can pursue their careers to the fullest. (I’ve also helped musical theater pianists and music directors become more professional, well-rounded, and successful in both their activities working with actors and vocalists.)

If you’re interested, or know someone else who is, please respond to this email or contact me at rondrotos@keyboardimprov.com. (My Zoom and Skype rates are $35 for 30 min, $50 for 45 min, and $65 for 60 min.)

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”

Ron

PS – Here’s an overview of jazz ballad techniques when playing solo jazz piano:

I Remember Clifford: Journey Through The Real Book #165

PPS – If you haven’t yet started my 31-Day Workout Challenges, you’ll find them here. have fun!

Day One: 31-Day Jazz Piano for Beginners Workout Challenge!

Day One: 31-Day Rock Piano for Beginners Workout Challenge!

PPPS – And if you’d like to hear a collaboration from 50 of my online piano students, check out our World Piano Jam:

World Piano Jam!

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