AGC Piano - Concert Pianist/Professor
AGC Piano - Concert Pianist/Professor

AGC Piano - Concert Pianist/Professor

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Introduction: •Steinway Teaching & Education Partner •Assistant Professor of Music at Occidental College •Instructor at USC Hello! My name is Anthony Cardella, and I am a concert pianist and piano pedagogue. I have won many competitions on state, regional, and national levels and have performed all over the country as well as in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and Serbia! I have a Bachelors Degree in piano performance and pedagogy from one of the top undergraduate conservatories in the country (Lawrence Conservatory of Music), a masters degree in performance at the USC Thornton School of Music, and I am currently a Doctoral Candidate at Thornton as well, studying performance and pedagogy while teaching undergraduate piano. The thing that is special about my training is that I was not only trained to play on an extremely high level and win competitions, but I was also taught how to teach in pedagogy programs, which is something many teachers with performance degrees from top schools are missing! I have done pedagogy programs that have taught pedagogy theory, shaped my teaching skills, developed my understanding of students, and have given me the opportunity to put that into practice through practicum, internships, and paid positions at universities! I have done a lot of research on piano technique including injury prevention, Taubman Technique and ergonomic piano playing, and I have been brought up studying the Russian and French schools of technique. I have also done cognitive psychology research and have presented on its implications in piano teaching and playing. Below is my teaching philosophy: “I believe that being a good teacher is similar to being a good psychologist. One must have the ability to read a student - to understand them in the moment and to effectively gauge many aspects of their personality, as well as their strengths, weaknesses, and disposition. One glove does not fit all when it comes to teaching. There are many methods and approaches, and the best one is the one that will be most effective for each specific student. This method can change and grow, but can only do so with a teacher who is aware and flexible enough to understand the student and allow the student to guide and influence their teaching accordingly. In understanding that each student is different, I can begin to understand the goals, personality, background, likes/dislikes, and ideas of each student, and use these to shape my pedagogy, and the student’s artistry. Through effective communication, I can use my expertise to make music relevant and enjoyable to each student, and open up a door for the student to express themselves artistically while learning and improving. I believe that music is a birthright - we are all musical beings and have the capability to enjoy music and express ourselves through it. To effectively provide a student with the tools to do so, my music instruction includes the following components: Aural skills Music theory and analysis Sight reading Improvisation Effective practice habits Wellness and physical awareness Personal musical interpretations influenced by historical approaches Performance opportunities Encouragement to participate in competitions and festivals” Whether you are just starting out as a beginner and want a strong foundation, or have been playing for years and want to take your playing to the next level, improve your technique, play with less pain/tension, win competitions, or prepare for college auditions, I am confident that I can help you make wonderful progress while inspiring a life-long love for music! Please see below for more education information, as well as my teaching and performing experience, Also, please visit my website for more in-depth details about my education, pedagogy research, performance awards, and for videos of my playing! **I offer zoom lessons as well as in-home lessons**
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Hired 8 times

Serves Los Angeles, CA

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9 years in business

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This pro is an exceptional musician and dedicated piano teacher. Students praise their ability to cater to various skill levels and musical styles. They also appreciate the pro's commitment to promoting healthy playing habits and fostering personal growth. Lessons are described as engaging, productive, and enjoyable.

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Sarah W.
Mar 8, 2024
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Tony is a one of a kind teacher: immense experience and next level talent, but he is also specifically educated in pedagogy. He uniquely tailors each lesson to the individual student. His style is never text book, and offers unique inspiration and originality. I was beyond lucky to have been taught by Tony, and would say it was the most exceptional music training i received globally.

Details: Cocktail hour • 151 - 200 guests • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • Piano • Other • Other

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Benjamin R.
Feb 27, 2024
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Tony is an incredible performer and teacher! His rates are affordable, and he is very easy communicate with. I can't recommend him highly enough!

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • Piano • Pop / top 40 • Other

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Dan H.
Dec 21, 2022
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Tony effortlessly entertained a group of 40 people with beautiful music. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Details: Holiday party • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Piano • Other • Other

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Lori P.
Dec 23, 2022
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Tony is fabulous! He fit right in with our group. He played all the songs we wanted to hear. Everyone enjoyed listening to him play & sing. I will hire him again.

Details: Holiday party • 26 - 50 guests • 51 or older • Piano • Variety • Other • Other

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Adam R.
Dec 21, 2022
Anthony helped me go from a casual player who only knew how to play by ear into someone who can actually read music. He was always patient with me but also not afraid to keep me honest about the notes I was playing. He really helped me understand time signatures, chord progressions (the circle of thirds!), and, most importantly, how to play with emotion. Can't recommend him highly enough!
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