BROOKLYN, N.Y., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Rachel Jimenez, a classical pianist and piano teacher, has a longstanding interest in new technologies and trained herself in web design, programming, and audio/visual production. This combination of talents and skills has enabled her to approach her love of teaching classical piano in a uniquely modern fashion.
One way Rachel uses technology is by offering long-distance piano lessons over Skype video conferencing. Sitting at her 1925 Steinway grand piano with a laptop and microphone at her side, she is able to work with students anywhere who either can't find a local teacher with her qualifications or who simply feel that Rachel's approach is best for them. For example, among her online students is a gifted 11-year-old who recently moved to Nebraska. His parents could not find a teacher who was the right match for their son, and they contacted Rachel after finding her through an Internet search.
At the heart of Rachel's approach to piano instruction is her own method of providing classical training to beginners. Fundamental Keys is a piano method book and video series that Rachel created applying modern pedagogical theory to classical music in a unique way. It is ideal for adults wanting to teach themselves how to play the piano but is also effective for teachers working with beginners of any age. An important component of the Fundamental Keys system is its website with videos, a blog, and a support forum essential for adults teaching themselves. Rachel manages every aspect of her modern business herself: publishing and distributing her book through Lulu.com, designing and maintaining her website, filming and editing videos, providing support to students, posting updates on Facebook and Twitter, blogging, and giving piano lessons "live" or over Skype.
Even in this time of national recession, people of all ages are clamoring for classical piano instruction. The majority of teachers and methods do not successfully provide the options and flexibility that adult beginners need to become proficient at the piano. However, when given the right tools, encouragement, and support, adults who put in the effort are able to achieve a very high standard of piano playing. Many adult beginners are making great strides using Rachel's book and videos on their own or by working directly with her in Brooklyn or from thousands of miles away. By reaching out through the Internet, she has been able to tap into this underserved population and is having great success.
For more detail on Rachel's entrepreneurship and her innovative, modern approach to a very traditional field, visit the Fundamental Keys website, or contact her directly by email or phone.
Rachel Jimenez has played the piano since the age of five and holds piano performance degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music. She has been teaching for over 15 years and published her original piano method, Fundamental Keys, in 2009.
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