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STUDENT OF THE WEEK
This week's Student of the Week is Sarah B! Sarah is being highlighted for her progress on the song "Popular," from the musical "Wicked." Congratulations, Sarah! Keep up the good work!
"Eric has been teaching our daughter piano for the past six years (ages 6-12). Always age-appropriate, he's covered reading music, playing both classical and fun repertoire, mastering rhythm, developing her "piano" muscles, and understanding music (being "musical'), as well as music theory. Eric is a natural, kind and joyful teacher who celebrates his students' genuine accomplishments while also emphasizing practice and discipline. Without prompting, our daughter sits down at the piano every day to practice and master the pieces she has been working on, and genuinely enjoys playing. What more could we ask?" - Teri S.
"We have two daughters and I come from a musical family - my grandfather was a well-known tenor. Eric has been teaching our older daughter for 1.5 years. She had just turned three when we started. Eric understands the delicate art of introducing very young children to playing the piano, and fostering their interest and joy in learning. He knows how to strike a balance between following a method that is grounded in sound didactics and making it a fun activity at the same time. Eric is thoughtful, kind, patient, and always in a good mood - he is a gem and yours to miss." - Sue M.
"Eric Hunter has been a wonderful piano teacher for our children for over seven years. From their very beginning stages throughout their development as musicians, Eric selects appropriately challenging repertoire, provides expert instruction, and encourages and supports them in their successes and inevitable struggles. On top of that, he is a wonderfully talented pianist and composer in his own right, and inspires the children with his own abilities. We feel very fortunate to have found him to teach our children." - Jacob B.
"In five months, Eric has given my daughter, who is nine, two gifts: a love of playing piano, and the skills to play. His knowledge, enthusiasm, warmth, patience and high expectations of Olivia have led to a kid who practices without being nagged and enjoys learning. He is a great combination of firm and assured and creative and flexible in his teaching. He reads Olivia's moods and interests in a way that works well for her. It doesn't hurt that he is a talented pianist himself. We are fortunate to count Eric as her teacher and look forward to years of lessons to come." - Elissa D.
"Eric taught me and both of my children, and I had the opportunity to see his successes with other children at recitals. All his students don't just like him - they adore him, and it is well-earned. He is professional, structured, always encouraging and kind, with a wonderful sense of humor and intuitive sense of appropriate expectations. His dedication to learning his own repertoire has enabled him to easily solve students' technical problems and share the tools to become autodidactic. But ultimately his raison d'etre as a teacher is to develop in his students their greatest individual abilities to express their love for and understanding of music." - Helen F.
From Students and Parents
WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT
Most piano teachers are trained at conservatories for careers in solo performance. Sadly, despite having the best intentions for their students, these teachers often have no grounding in formal pedagogy and rely on an imprecise combination of tradition and trial and error in their lessons. I have the same conservatory performance credentials (M.M. in Piano Performance from USC's Thornton School of Music), but, knowing that teaching would be a big part of my life, I also obtained a Master's in Music Education (Ed.M.) from Teachers College at Columbia University. There I studied the latest research and learned how to separate teaching techniques that really work from ones that are merely well-intentioned or habitual. I am also head of Professional Development at Piano Teachers Congress of New York and regularly meet with the best teachers in the city to compare teaching methods. Finally, I earned a Producer's Certificate from Dubspot NYC to ensure that both my music and my teaching are future-proofed with the latest technology.
In addition to my career as a concert pianist, I have an atypically diverse background of important musical influences. My professional life has involved significant experience with the following areas:
Arranging and orchestration
You can hear some of these influences in my compositions on SoundCloud. I have always had an insatiable musical curiosity, and I strive to pass that on to my students!
This large body of varied experience I've amassed over the years allows me to benefit my students directly by tailoring each student's course of study to suit their individual needs and interests. I also push myself to take on a new music or teaching-related project for my own self-development every year. I think it is important to always be learning new things!
Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Welcome! My name is Eric Hunter, and I'm the founder and owner of Midtown Music. I believe that every person young and old has an inner musician, and it is my mission to bring it out! I spread the joy of making music using the most advanced teaching techniques and diverse influences from genres such as classical, rock, pop, folk, and Broadway. Regardless of age or experience, I will give you or your child the tools you need to fulfill your musical ambitions and progress at your own pace. I emphasize creativity and ownership of your musical journey throughout the learning process, and teach important learning skills that apply to all walks of life. Nothing is more thrilling to me than watching the growing excitement in a student’s eyes as they take their destiny into their own hands!
And much more - Check out my artist website for a full bio and samples of my playing: http://www.erichuntersmusic.com/.
Prepare your kids for the experience of a lifetime! Midtown Music is changing the way music is taught to students of all ages, with a progressive, skill-building approach in an environment full of fun and creativity. Make an investment in your child's future today!
My credentials at a glance:
Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California
Masters of Education from Teachers College at Columbia University
Producer's Certificate from Dubspot
Certified in the Musicolor Method for young children
Head of Professional Development at Piano Teachers Congress of New York
Former students have gone on to music conservatories, Ivy League universities, and even performed at the Metropolitan Opera!