Carmen Spada
Carmen Spada

Carmen Spada

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Introduction: My experience performing and composing for a wide range of musical styles has informed me in ways that many musicians are not, due to their limited abilities and stylistic preferences. My foundation in jazz studies has proved to be the source which has facilitated my ease at assimilating other musical styles as well as sustained my career as a professional musician. I am also sought out due to my extensive background in composition, harmony and songwriting and students discover that they can study multiple topics with me instead of seeking out new teachers for each additional topic they choose to study. I am also a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Piano Performance & Jazz Composition, and not only have I implemented much of Berklee's curriculum in my teaching studio, but I also prepare students who are looking to audition for Berklee, as well as test out of core curriculum classes. The advanced and intense Berklee curriculum gives my students an opportunity to apply this profound material in any musical style they desire. Well, I love music!!! and everything about music....so that makes talking and teaching about it even better! I also love seeing students reactions to materials and topics that they've never heard of, or used before. Usually, there is the "light bulb effect", when they realize that these items or tools are the exact things they need to achieve a certain sound, or that they've heard something for a long time and have never been able to identify it, etc....Once that happens, then they take that information and make it their own and return with their approach to the music. Their approach informs me in a way that I may not have thought of, and so, having students is a reciprocal learning experience.
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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and punctuality.

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LUINIS M.
Oct 11, 2017
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Piano Lessons
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Jeanne K.
Jul 20, 2015
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He responded to my request soon after posting and also was quick to respond to all my questions
Piano Lessons (for adults)
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Joanna S.
Nov 11, 2015
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Very professional and definitely the right choice to make for a tutor. Highly recommended for Berklee students and just over knowledge for musical structure and theory.
Music Theory Lessons
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Kiran K.
Feb 16, 2016
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He is a very good trainer and he very well knows the capacity of his Students.
Piano Lessons (for adults)
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Lanette S.
May 27, 2016
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Carmen is seasoned; intuitive; his ear training is identified quickly. Chord exchanges; inversions; and arranging my compositions with harmony function. A concept that I'm very excited to sink my teeth into. Makes for an amazing transition with ridiculous framework for my signature style
Piano Lessons (for adults)

FAQs

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

    I am constantly staying on top of the latest technological advancements in music, especially in the studio. I have a successful home studio where I record my students, and it is crucial that my computer and its software are always running the best programs. That's why I am very fluent with Apple computers, composition software such as Finale and Sibelius, audio recording software such as Logic Pro and video editing software such as Final Cut Pro. I also keep up to date with the latest in contemporary music, so that I can relate to the styles that my students are referencing, as well as be aware of any innovations or changes that are happening in the field that I have to be aware of.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    My customers are musicians of all ages, spanning numerous musical styles and technical ability.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    I would say that hiring a professional based solely on hourly rates is not a practical solution in your search for an instructor. You are seeking instruction based on an art form that takes years of refinement and practical application, and many music instructors are only that: instructors, without extensive experience at performing, composing, arranging, touring, etc.. Professional musicians who teach, however, are bringing a practical side to concepts taught, due to the daily use of the material, and the flexibility to know how to conform subjects and concepts to the situations they are in. Though traditionally more costly, professional musicians, such as myself, will always be able to contribute more to weekly lessons and create personal and unique situations for each student, instead of following a predetermined formula or curriculum that may not work from student to student.

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