FreshStart Piano Studio Irvine, CA
I believe the most important goal in piano lessons is fostering an enjoyment for music that lasts a lifetime. In order to nurture and develop that appreciation for music-not just piano specifically-I believe students need to become musicians in their own right.
To teach a student to become a musician, I constantly strive to cultivate excellence in everything that's done in piano lessons and teach the concepts needed to be a sensitive musician; the proper balance between melody and accompaniment, accurate reading of notes and rhythms, and proper fingering for the best musical sound followed by ease of execution.
A thorough exploration of all the different keys on the piano from the beginning will also be emphasized by utilizing elements of the multi-key approach. I believe it's important to get students comfortable with the black keys from the beginning because it lessens frustration and anxiety with playing pieces involving sharps and flats later on.
With all the different aspects of piano playing I want to emphasize on, another important part of my teaching philosophy is flexibility. For students with aspirations to be performers or who aren't sure, I provide ample opportunities to perform in front of audiences, whether it's through regular studio recitals, small informal students-only studio classes, or participation in various festivals will be encouraged; however, I don't believe in competition in music.
Rated Excellent (5 of 5) from 3 reviews
Testimonial by Jane Chen
After interviewing with other piano teachers we decided to enroll in Kevin's studio because of his expertise and experience in how to teach piano. We really like the way he teaches. He is very thorough when introducing new songs, making practice at home a lot less work and frustrating for my daughter and me. My daughter especially likes when Kevin makes up accompaniment parts to play along with her songs.
Testimonial by Jeremy Tan
Kevin is truly the key to success. After studying under him for a few years now, he has shaped and molded me into a great piano player. He holds his students to a very high standard that does nothing short of setting them up for success in the piano world.
Testimonial by Kimberly Bisnar
Kevin is awesome. He has a great attitude and has been very patient in teaching me the piano. Kevin has the ability to make one feel comfortable in their ability and is always challenging me to be better. I like that he is a professional and understands the steps it takes in becoming a good piano player. I would highly recommend Kevin. He is a real gem.
- Piano Lessons: Fur Elise (original) by Jeremy Tan | FreshStart Piano StudioPiano lessons are scientifically proven to improve brain function and development in numerous areas like math, reading, memory, and spatial intelligence. Learning to play the piano is also a lifetime skill that provides pleasure and stress release long after the ability to play sports wanes. Jeremy Tan...
- Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor (1st Mvt. Excerpt) by Clare Chiang accomp. by Kevin KaoThis is a special performance of an excerpt of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor by piano teachers Clare Chiang and Kevin Kao at the studio's Winter Recital 2012.