Dan Starr, Keyboard Instruction & Performance
4839 E. 4th St. , Tucson, AZ 85711
Lessons are NOT just for children anymore.
Pianos are hard to learn, hard to maintain, hard to own.
Keyboards are better, easier, and cheaper.
Teachers are NOT just women anymore.
For details, please read on...
My company provides a place online for all keyboard learners. I have found that a fixation on "piano" is detrimental to too many folks. Piano is a very hard instrument for many reasons, and, although you do have to move you fingers (this is where piano education really shines!) for those who merely like music and want to play their favorite songs, keyboards are a better choice. I can help you learn to play a keyboard. It all starts by visiting my website at www.danstarr.com. Go there now and check out what I have to offer.
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This is info is for both those just investigating the subject for the first time AND those ready to act. I hope both types of Internet user will read on to gain awareness of what I've discovered over some 25+ years of working with folks of all ages.
Of the many things I've learned, four items stand out:
1. The first is that your "lessons" should not be like school nor should your results be that way, either. In school they taught classes and thus had to teach towards the entire class. You worked hard for a grade and a certificate of graduation.
However, personal, individual training is more like "coaching" and CAN and SHOULD (I believe, at least) be tailored to individual needs and the desire for individual results. Parents want results for their children and adult players want to learn to play or to improve.
2. The second piece of relevant info is that YOU have the most control of the price. That's because a good coach will NOT hold you back and you can work hard and thus limit the time (and money!) spent. To learn more about this, click this link - "How to Evaluate Lesson Fees."
3. Along these same lines is your third piece of vital info - that any really competent coach will ask you what YOU want to achieve. This applies even if you are the parent and you want to achieve something for your children taking music lessons. A good coach will ask what that "something" is. The coach's sincere interest in the student is the essential reason anyone CAN take lessons and learn something new.
Naturally, I've tried hard to be the kind of a coach I describe! I'm friendly, patient and HONEST! Possibly it might have been years since you learned anything but I'd like you to know that it is still possible - but only if you have some hope that it is. It also takes the right coach (teacher.)
4. The fourth (and final) item relates completely to you. It is this: there is no way anyone, regardless of how smart they are, can learn to play without some investment of effort. Sorry folks, but if you aren't willing to try and only seek to SPEND or THINK your way to success in learning to play, you are doomed to failure. You have to practice and that's all there is to it. Otherwise, stick with your ipad (or other mp3 player) and simply be a listener.
Sad, really, as our society needs more producers.
About Dan Starr
Please note that this short "bio" will tell you WHO I am but not whether WE would be a good "fit"- only personal contact can tell you that.
Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1952, I have lived here ever since. I began playing organ at age 15 and took formal training focusing on popular standards rather than classical music. By age 16, I was performing in public. I also indulged my teenaged ego by playing in rock bands all through high school.
My music career was sidetracked by college and then many years in public relations and marketing. During this period, I first taught myself to play the piano (poorly!) then later received some "formal instruction." In 1987, I put all these skills together and began a new career as a keyboard instructor and performer. As the technology of electronic instruments advanced, I kept pace - purchasing, teaching, and performing on some of the first digital pianos, synthesizers, and portable keyboards. This has allowed me to know all about modern instruments.
Since then (1987!) I've kept a full-time music teaching practice. I specialize in teaching keyboard to adults based on the idea of "playing for their own enjoyment." Not sure what you want or what your proper next step might be? Contact me!
In 2001 I added "author" to my job description with the publication of my first book. I currently have 30+ books available at amazon.com. Many of my books deal with the more "unusual" topics related to playing keyboards for personal enjoyment. Amazon is wonderful. A person doesn't even need to own an "book reader" to read my writings - any computer will do. Info on these books is available at danstarr.com or amazon.com.
For a couple years, I served as "Tech Support" for our local Yamaha digital piano dealership - cause I really do know keyboards very well. In my "spare time" I've performed hundreds of "gigs" on all sorts of keyboarded instruments, in most musical styles.
Currently (2013,) I keep a number of personal students and lecture and interview and offer advice, mostly online.
Let me finish up this bio with some personal statistics.
I'm single (divorced), no children, 5'9” and 170 lbs. I hike, garden, and read incessantly (history, philosophy, science fiction, and current events.) I also spend time with friends I've had for decades. I'm spiritual, but without an organized religion. I have plenty of opinions about many things, but will change my mind in a heartbeat in the face of new information and/or a superior argument! I consider myself a teacher who also performs. I am equal parts right-brained and left-brained, wacky artist and clinical scientist. And finally, I have taken the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.