<p>Born, raised and trained in NYC, I continued my piano studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music after having graduated the NYC HS of Performing Arts and obtaining a Master's at NYU. I teach students in my El Cerrito, CA studio, of all levels, and of various ages, and emphasize the singing tone dimension of piano playing, sculpting phrases, relaxing the muscles and keeping a flexible wrist. I include theory in lessons and believe in the importance of learning scales, arpeggios in all keys as they follow the Circle of Fifths.</p>
<p>My articles on teaching appear at my website:<br /><a href="http://www.teachstreet.com/teacher/shirley-kirsten">http://www.teachstreet.com/teacher/shirley-kirsten</a></p>
<p>I have recorded two classical albums that are uploaded with audio samples at <a href="http://cdbaby.com/cd/shirleyk">http://cdbaby.com/cd/shirleyk</a> and at <a href="http://www.myspace.com/shirleykirsten">http://www.myspace.com/shirleykirsten</a></p>
<p>I teach many styles of music besides classical if a student express that interest. </p>
<p>Recommended Book: Just Being at the Piano by Mildred Portney Chase, Berkeley Press.</p>
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