Hi there, my name is Keyvan Safinya and I teach piano in the Santa Barbara area. I grew up playing classical piano but also enjoy pop and rock, if you would like to learn some of your favorites. Some of my students enjoy playing anime and videogame music as well, which I always enjoy teaching.
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I played classical piano as a teen, taking lessons from age 11 until 17 (7 years), and then as an adult from age 28 until present (8 years). Currently I play at retirement homes on a consistent basis, and enjoy performing my music at open mics around Santa Barbara. For fun I sometimes lug my full, weighted keyboard downtown and play on State Street.
I have been teaching for the past 5 years, with my first student being one of the residents at a retirement home I frequent. I teach young children all the way to seniors, with my teaching style being adaptable to the student's tastes. I find ways to continue interest in piano throughout the course of our lessons, even if its as simple as small prizes for the children. I have several references as well if you would like to talk to other people/parents about my teaching.
If you are interested in the Certificate of Merit program for your child, let me know (I am part of the MTAC, Music Teacher's Association of California). Completion of the CM program helps your child get into the college of their choice, when that decision comes down the road, and test out of courses if they choose to be a music major.
As far as my personal tastes go, I enjoy playing the 3 Bs (Brahms, Bach, Beethoven), and French composers such as Poulenc and Debussy.
My rates are reasonable, I can drive to your home, and I supply the music if you do not wish to purchase books right away.
My phone number is (805) 403 8524. Feel free to txt or call (my name is like kay von). My email is ksafinya (@) antioch (dot) edu.
If you would like to listen to me play, I have some amateur recordings at http://www.audiomack.com/artist/ksafinya
Please google "Safinya Piano" to find my website too! I am on Yelp as well under "Safinya Piano."
Hopefully we can get started on your music education today!