I offer piano instruction for young children (3 and older), older and adult students. I use the Suzuki method, classical and improvisation (jazz and blues).
I have experience with special-needs students (especially blind and ADHD), in a patient and encouraging environment.
I also teach Jazz Improv and Classical Having with Charlie Banacos for many years
Stephen Demers is an excellent teacher. Unfailingly patient and gentle of manner, he never berates a child for not practicing or hitting a wrong note. He is always challenging students to do their best, to move their playing of a piece of music to the next level, and he shows them how to practice so that improvement is steady. Lessons are not just about achieving technical competency-they are also about discerning what stories the music is telling, and about learning music theory and history: Stephen helps the music mean something to the children. He is also totally responsive to students' (and parents') questions, needs, and interests (for example, encouraging my daughter to learn jazz and giving her the tools to do so, when she expressed interest in it). As a result, I feel that my children are not only learning to play, and enjoy playing, the piano-they are receiving a complete musical education.
Our nine year old daughter has been taking lessons with Stephen for one year and has enjoyed his instruction, patience, warmth, and encouragement. Prior to this she was taking both group and individual lessons from a an organization based in Lexington where personal attention and encouragement was notably less. She practices everyday on her own without parental nagging and has developed a "joy" for playing. I credit this to Stephen. Also, Stephen encourages his students to attend the U.S. National Guild Piano Playing Auditions where students are independently graded on their piano skills at a national level for accuracy, tone quality, technique, rhythm, maturity in memory, dynamics, pedal, interpretation, and repertoire. Students also perform at 2 recitals in the spring, a time for them to shine in front of an audience. Overall, we have had a very positive experience with Stephen as our daughter's piano teacher.
39 Mott St
Arlington, MA 02474
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