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I offer lessons in:

  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Advanced Music Theory
  • Classical Piano

    I also have these skills:

    • Composition
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    Don ReinkeOffering private lessons in
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I teach piano technique improvisation and composition using the Mayron Cole method. I also tutor adults and children in Middle School and High School Math.

    My Teaching Background
    I teach private piano lessons and adult basic education and GED preparation for Tacoma Community College. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Mathematics from Williams College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University.

    I hold a certificate to teach music in Massachusetts and I am currently certified to teach substitute mathematics in Tacoma. I have taught in the classroom in Tacoma, WA, and Boston, MA, Public Schools. I have been a professional church musician since 1974 and I have taught private lessons in music and math since 2003.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My math students range in age from eleven to fifty. I have found the most success when I encourage my students to open their minds to see how I think. I also challenge negative self-talk, wherein students continually put themselves down or say, "I'll never learn that." I suggest alternative ways of speaking like, "I'll be really happy when I learn how to do that!"

    My piano students' ages range from six to sixty-nine. I start by teaching my students how to improvise. I have found that most children can create listenable music on the spot from day one.

    My adult students and parents of my younger students are frequently impressed with their rapid progress. Here is a quote from one of my students and his mother:

    “He really helps me understand the music.” Thomas Age 10

    "Don has been my son’s piano teacher for almost a year. He has so much musical knowledge and experience from which to draw, but his real strength is his manner with children. He has just the right blend of encouragement and high expectations. We are so pleased with our piano teacher, Don Reinke!"

    Julie D, Nationally Certified Master Elementary School Teacher in Kitsap County

    Rates And Availability
    I charge eighty ($80) dollars for four thirty minute lessons, in your Gig Harbor home Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. For math tutoring I recommend an hour, twice a week. On five week months the last week is available to make up missed lessons or as a bonus. My insurance regulations require that a parent be with their child during all lessons.