As a piano teacher, my special niche is showing interested piano students how to arrange hymns and praise songs to use in worship. Many people think you must be born with the ability to arrange music, but this is not true – it can be taught (and I really enjoy teaching it).
Ian, one of my advanced students, is playing And Can It Be That I Should Gain? We used the hymnal for chords and structure, and arranged the song from there. Ian has been taking piano lessons from me, and practicing faithfully, for several years.
I teach a well-rounded curriculum that includes some music theory (why we do what we do), ear training (eventually enabling the student to read music and play by ear), and songs that are a fun challenge to learn and enjoyable to hear. (We have children who practice piano, too!)
I emphasize different parts of this curriculum depending on the specific needs and desires of each student and his/her family, so talk with me about your goals for music! I am equipped to teach styles ranging from classical to the best of contemporary music (including reading chord symbols).
Note to busy parents: I make house calls!
Summer is a great time to get on my teaching schedule!
I DO NOT HOLD LESSON TIMES FOR STUDENTS WHO TAKE A SUMMER BREAK (as much as I wish I could). Teaching is my full-time job. So if you’re interested in finding a spot in my teaching schedule, summer may be your best opportunity. Contact me now to get on my waiting list, and I’ll fit you in as soon as I have an opening in your area.
Students who take a break essentially move to my waiting list for the fall, and I permanently fill their vacated spots. Some students who want a summer break choose to continue to pay the tuition to hold their spots, even though they won’t have lessons for a few weeks. Others take the chance that they will be replaced over the summer.
I have a record number of students this year, and I anticipate filling summer vacancies quickly. Becky and I work diligently to adjust my teaching schedule for the fall to accommodate my students’ activities, understanding that in the summer you may not know exactly when you’ll be available during the school year.
I teach in my students’ homes, freeing up their schedules. This is a particularly helpful option for homeschooling families, as students can take piano lessons as part of their school day without disrupting the teaching day for the rest of the family. I teach in the Gainesville and Ocala areas. I do charge a travel fee to cover my time and expenses to come to your home. While piano tuition is per student, the travel fee, which depends on your location, is per home no matter how many lessons I teach there. Travel in the Gainesville area is $35/month, and travel to the Ocala area is $45/month. Other areas will be in that range. Tuition is $90 per month per student, plus the travel fee (for a total of $125/month in Gainesville, or $135/month in Ocala).
As a Gainesville piano teacher I have been very impressed each time I have heard Eric Redmond play for weddings or other occasions that required background music. His arrangements seem to flow effortlessly from one piece to another, yet with a wide variety of styles and moods. I recently took lessons with Eric to expand my repertoire of pieces for weddings and for piano pedagogy. I use several of his arrangements in my own playing and with my students. I would highly recommend Eric as a piano teacher and as a pianist for any occasion. He not only plays piano exceptionally well, but is also able to lead singing or provide vocal solos if that is desired.” Polly McConn, Fellow Piano Teacher, Gainesville, September 2008