Composition, Improvisation, Theory & Piano Lessons

Adam Edison - Pianist, Composer, Music Educator

Falls Church, VA

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About Adam Edison - Pianist, Composer, Music Educator

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My services include:

* Piano performance (all genres, specialized in classical, jazz, rock, and popular)
* Music improvisation (all genres)
* Music history (from listening, composition, or performance perspective)
* Music composition (optional combination with history / theory tracks)
* Music theory (including AP Music Theory exam preparation)
* Audio production (from sound recording to editing, to mastering the final product)

I teach all ages and skill levels, and create a custom learning path for each of my students depending upon their goals and specific needs.


Falls Church, VA 22043

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  • 5/5 stars April 22, 2012

    Adam has been an incredible teacher and I highly recommend him to anybody who is really serious about their musical studies.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. 1) Piano Performance - including learning how to read music on the treble and bass clef, chord theory, scale theory, and of course - playing pieces you enjoy!

2) Piano Improvisation - chord theory, voicing arrangement, ear training, solo and group improvisation in various genres including rock, latin, swing, blues, and even ballads or classical music.

3) Music Composition - musical analysis, writing a melody, harmonizing a melody, deepening learning about different elements of music (SHMRG), enhancing the creative process and technical understanding and connecting it to the student's musical impulse (aural training included).

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure that you are going to receive a well-rounded music education. The teacher should include in their curriculum:
-- learning to read music
-- listening assignments
-- theory and analysis

In this manner, the student is able to interpret music for themselves both from a listening and technical perspective. Rather than a "show me and I copy you" method, the teacher should give the student the skills they need to learn more material on their own as lessons progress.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. All prospective students must schedule 2 trial lessons. These 2 lessons allow the student to get a good sense of the teacher's style, and better determine if the teacher will be a good fit. Likewise, the teacher can observe how the student learns both inside and outside their lesson time.

The trial lessons are used to accomplish the following:

First Trial Lesson (60 Minutes)

1) Discuss the student's musical interests and goals.
2) Assess the student's current skill and knowledge level in various musical areas.
3) Begin to fill in any missing knowledge (or start from the beginning, if necessary).
4) Give the student's first, short set of assignments.

Second Trial Lesson (60 Minutes)

1) Go over previous material/assignments.
2) Explore possible results of the student's learning path, or other paths as desired.
3) Review student's expectations, and provide reasonable achievement timeframe.
4) Review teacher's expectations and policies.

Trial Lesson Pricing:
2 x 60 Minutes, $140

After that, various lesson packages are available for purchase at 45 min, 60 min, or 90 min, on a weekly basis recommended for most (biweekly is also possible with teacher approval). The packages can be purchased in 2, 4, 8, or 14 lessons - the greater the number of lessons purchased, the lower the price is per lesson. For full details, please visit our website.

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