Takeru Online Piano Lesson
Takeru Online Piano Lesson

Takeru Online Piano Lesson

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Introduction: Hi there! I’m a professional jazz pianist, composer, and educator from Japan. =How I work with students= I’ll have student set a clear goal first(to play Fly Me to the Moon in jazz piano style, to accompany for singer with chord playing, to compose an original piece, to perform Chopin’s Etude from memory, etc). I'll then identify the skills or knowledge required to achieve the main goal, evaluate the student's level and experience, and break the goal down into manageable steps. In every lesson, I'll lead you through each of these small steps, sharing effective practice techniques along the way. =Topics I typically cover= •music theory •improvisation •ear training •piano technique •sight reading • jazz •classic •pop •harmony •chords •voicing =Teaching Method= After almost three decades of piano playing, studying with masters, and doing extensive research on learning strategies, I’ve discovered some methods for practicing piano that optimize learning efficiency and piano techniques that allows you to play effortlessly. Practice methods include well-known learning strategies such as spaced practice, retrieval practice, interleaving, and mental rehearsal, as well as additional methods passed down from masters. Students at all level can benefit from those methods and the technique for effortless playing. =Free trial lesson= I offer a free 30 mins trial lesson, so that you can get an idea of what our lessons will be like. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I'm more than happy to discuss our lessons, even before the trial lesson! =Bio= In 2014 he was awarded a scholarship both from TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund and Rotary Club Japan to attend Berklee College Of Music, where he studied with notable musicians including Joanne Brackeen, Darren Barrett, David Santoro, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Billy Kilson. While in school he was selected to perform at U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference held in Tokyo, an event Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan and Sinzo Abe, Japanese former Prime Minister participated in. He recorded with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Darren Barrett for his project, But Beautiful “Time For Romance”, which was released in 2018. In 2022, he was chosen to perform with Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jack Walrath at Dizzy’s Club Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. In the same year he earned Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School Of Music. He has toured throughout the US as well as Japan. Currently he is based in New York, where he has been actively performing in various venues in the city.

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Christina B.
Jun 6, 2023

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Oh my goodness, what a gift Takeru Saito is as a teacher. We’ve been working together twice a month for almost a year and he has guided me from wistful music lover to someone who can read music and reasonably play piano. I’m still a hopeful novice, and Takeru’s patience and attention to nuance in each lesson brings something valuable and workable and new for me to integrate, every time. These lessons continue to add meaning and joy to my life. We can learn new things throughout our lives - especially with a truly skilled, kind, and thoughtful teacher.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Karo G.
Mar 9, 2024

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Takeru is an excellent piano instructor. He meets you at your level and works at your pace to help you improve your skills. He teaches the mechanics of piano playing, but also emphasizes the creative process, making sure you enjoy playing and creating. Highly recommend!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Teresa C.
May 2, 2023

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Takeru is a highly skilled pianist and a very good teacher. I’d recommend him for any adult learning piano with limited to no musical experience,

Details: 45 - 64 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Jazz • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Rick C.
Jul 23, 2022

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It was my 9 year olds first time trying zoom online lessons. He had 2 years of in studio lessons prior. It exceeded my expectations and Mr. Saigon is very professional. Great Value and Great service. I would recommend to anyone wanting a quality piano lesson from the comfort of any location.

Details: 6 - 9 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Gaku K.
3 weeks ago
He is GREAT. I’ve noticed that I sit down and practice piano more often after I started working with Takeru. That’s how fun it has become for me to play the piano.
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Currently only offering online lessons! $40- 30mins $55- 45mins $70- 60mins *only accepting advance payment! Lesson can be booked by paying the full lesson fee in advance. Also discount available if you buy multiple lesson in advance. 5% off- 10 lessons pack 10% off- 20 lessons pack

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

    I earned Bachelor of Music degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, where I learned music pedagogy as well as piano playing.

  • What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

    What do you want to get out of the lesson? Tunes/pieces you want to play?

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