Anthony Cardella Piano Studio (zoom and in-home)
Anthony Cardella Piano Studio (zoom and in-home)

Anthony Cardella Piano Studio (zoom and in-home)

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Introduction: ••Fully Vaccinated•• **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, and Portugal! I have a Bachelors Degree in piano performance from one of the top undergraduate conservatories in the country (Lawrence Conservatory of Music), a masters degree in performance at the 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 my pedagogy programs, which is something many teachers with performance degrees from top schools are missing! I have done pedagogy programs that have taught me 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 and Taubman Technique, 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 staring 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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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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Dan H.
Dec 21, 2022
Tony effortlessly entertained a group of 40 people with beautiful music. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Grace H.
Dec 21, 2022
Tony is an incredible teacher. I’ve progressed in my ability and confidence since I started working with him. I feel motivated to learn, and I’m impressed by both his teaching ability and his career as an artist and performer. Highly recommend working with Tony!
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Jennifer P.
Nov 12, 2021
I have had many piano teachers in my life (from highschool through college and on to music conservatory), some of whom are nationally known, but Tony definitely ranks up there with the best of them. He listens not just to my playing but also to where I am with my musical goals, and supports me in every way. He lets me know what I'm doing well, as well as helping me get better in weaker areas, methodically tackling these with repertoire which is appropriately challenging. He is wonderful at suggesting practice methods and making manageable goals, looking both at technique and musicality. When I have had technical issues in challenging work we have been able to determine the cause and ironed them out, making sure I'm avoiding undue tension in my hands/arms which could lead to injuries (Rachmaninov!). I am at a more advanced level than many, but I'm sure he would be a joy to work with whether you are a beginner or a virtuoso, a child or an adult. I look forward to my lessons and really appreciate how friendly and open-minded Tony is -- and his sense of humor. This makes the experience fun and enriching just as it should be! I'm sure Tony will be increasingly in demand as a teacher, so I would recommend signing up with him for lessons before his time gets fully booked, if you have the opportunity!
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