Robert has studied composition with Dr. Mischa Zupko, Dr. David Gordon, Dr. Howard Whitaker, Dr. Shawn Okpebholo, and Carol Hoepe. Robert was awarded the presiden'ts honor in Music from the Wheaton Conservatory of Music. Has studied piano performance studies under the instruction of Dr. Paul Sanchez, and prof. Nancy Lemons,
Robert has been sharing this passion for music and art with his own students for over 8 years. He not only teaches students how to play their instrument, but also provides them with a vast knowledge of music theory, aural techniques, music history, and improvisation, because he believes those elements are essential for a student to mature in their creativity as a musician.
Students enrolled for piano lessons will receive a 40 - 60 minute lesson per week, scheduled at a convenient time for both the student and the teacher. The student will not only learn how to play the piano, but will also acquire a vast knowledge of music theory and aural techniques - not only important for a performing pianist, but essential for a student to mature in their creativity as a musician.
Practice - It is highly recommended that that student practices at least 20 minutes daily, 6 days a week. Time sheets must be filled out daily and brought to each lesson initialed by a parent to help keep the student accountable for the time they spend practicing.
Participation - Each lesson, the student must bring all of their materials that have been assigned and provided by the teacher. The student also must be prepared to work diligently and cooperate with the teacher’s instructions each lesson.
Creativity - The student will be taught in accordance with their creative and learning differences in such a way that not only improves the quality of their lesson and practice time, but maximizes their growth and abilities as an artist.
Reading Music - The student will learn how to effectively read and understand traditional music scoring and notation and also chord charts and chord progressions.
Performing - The student will not only learn to play the correct notes from sheet music, but accurately produce musical and evocative phrases in the context of the composer’s intention. Memorization of music may often times be expected. The student will also be taught how to compose their own music and even how to improvise - to spontaneously develop musical sounds and structures.
Posture/Technique - The student will learn to perform with proper hand technique and body posture in order to produce the best quality sound out of the instrument and to maintain proper health.
Music Theory and History - The student will be given a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the various elements and terminology in music, including several aspects of music history.