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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•• ***Study with a National Competition Winner and trained pedagogue!*** ***Congratulations to my student, James Pan (12 years old), on winning honorable mention at the 2020 SoCal International Piano Competition after just 6 months of piano studies with me!*** 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! I’ve 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 will be beginning my Doctorate at Thornton in the fall. But, 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 MUCH 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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Abby D.

Anthony has helped provide a structure for me to meet realistic goals in my piano practice. And even just how to practice which is where I always felt lost in the woods. It has been really productive to break down techniques and have fun in the process. Im looking forward to continued progress in my lessons with him, and would highly recommend this teacher to anyone looking for a kind but studious and motivated personality!
Mar 30, 2021
Madeleine M.

Tony is an excellent piano teacher! He was excited to meet me where I was in my own piano journey and to tailor our lessons to help me achieve my own musical goals. He has taught me many useful practice techniques that have encouraged me to practice more regularly and have made my practicing more productive and more rewarding. He also has a thorough knowledge of repertoire and has made great suggestions of pieces that have motivated me to take my playing to the next level. Thank you, Tony!
Jun 8, 2020
Eleanor L.

I have learned so much from Anthony Cardella. His teaching style is varied and sensitive, determined to ensure the best holistic approach to his students. Ensuring that the technical issues are addressed in each student’s playing, he carefully assigns pieces that will enable students to find musical fulfillment as well as excellence on the piano. He truly cares about the emotional needs of the students as well as the technical demands, and his approach marries the two as he keeps students engaged and enjoying lessons.
May 16, 2020
Amy P.

My teenage daughter was lucky enough to have piano lessons with Anthony for 3 years, which she absolutely loved. Professionalism, his attention to detail, teaching style, and love for piano made him the perfect teacher for Kaley. Very encouraging teacher!
Mar 5, 2020
Andrea W.

Anthony is a wonderful and caring teacher! He taught my son and was able to make lessons entertaining and exciting for a high energy 9 year old. My son learned so much while Anthony was teaching him in Appleton, WI, and he moved on to a new teacher with remarkable technique, theory knowledge, and musicianship that was praised by the new teacher. We miss Anthony, but we are happy for him and his new studio in Los Angeles! We definitely recommend him as a great teacher!
Sep 12, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing is $100/hour, with half hour lessons recommended for beginner students.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I typically schedule a trial lesson where I will work with the student on the pieces they currently have in their fingers, if any. I will asses their prior training (if applicable), as well as the current state of their technique and propose my plan for proceeding. During this first lesson I also like to play a piece for the student/family because I think it is very important that students see their teacher playing/performing and that the teacher be an active performer in order to be an active teacher.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    —Bachelor of Music Degree Cum Laude majoring in piano performance and minoring in pedagogy from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. This was a special program in that, not only was it a very high level and competitive performance program where I performed a lot, competed across the country, and really crafted my sound, technique, and artistry at the piano, but also added on a minor in pedagogy. This intensive minor gave me the tools to be a successful teacher - something that many great performers don’t have! Through pedagogy courses, supervised teaching, practicum, research, and hands-on experience, I learned how to be an effective teacher who can understand the needs of any student and shape my teaching to cater to them. —Master of Music Degree with emphasis on pedagogy at Thornton School of Music At USC I have continued my studies in piano literature and performance at the masters level with some of the most amazing and respected pianists in the world. In addition to this, I continued my pedagogy research and have proven to be qualified in both avenues. In addition to my education, my other teaching experience and training is as follows: -TA/Tutor at Lawrence University -President of the MTNA chapter at Lawrence -Private Piano Teaching position at the Lawrence Academy of Music -Private Instructor for many years -Pedagogy presenter at MTNA State Conference in Wisconsin -Pedagogy Research Presentation at Thornton School of Music - "Godden and Baddeley's Study of Context Dependent Memory: Implications for Effective Memorization at the Piano" -Research in injury prevention and correction including Taubman Technique

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