Piano Lessons in Rotterdam
Hola! My name is Celia Cortés, I'm a Spanish pianist and piano teacher. I teach piano to beginners and advanced musicians in Rotterdam. I started my music studies at the age of 8 years old and since then, concerts, meetings with great people, travelling and music have strongly influenced my life. The piano always starred as my most loyal partner!
From Bach to Pop
Due to my experience as a classical pianist, I've been in touch with classical repertoire from all periods in depth. In my lessons, you'll be able to learn pop songs as well as classical pieces in a relaxed and practical way.
First time wanting to learn piano and curious about what to expect? Here you will accomplish a solid technical basis, learn how to read scores, simple music theory and above all, you'll develop your technique and musicality with etudes, fun songs, recital pieces and tailor-made exercises. You choose the music!
Do you have a good piano basis but seek to play with more ease and depth? Or bring more feeling into your playing and learn how to practice in a focused and efficient way? Learn how to achieve the best results with structure, organisation and patience!
What can you expect?
We will work with etudes and beautiful lecture pieces of various styles and periods with a relaxed posture at the piano, independence of your motor skills, pedal use, articulation, interpretation and last but not least, sound formation.
We will place the composers of the music you play in their historical and cultural context. There is a lot of interesting biographical information to be found. Be inspired to interpret your favourite music based on knowledge, insight and emotion!
Jazz - Pop - Songwriter
Here you will also explore a modern side of the piano. You will learn to read and understand modern jazzy chords and develop an understanding of typical jazz structures, pop and other light music styles. This will give you freedom if you aim to learn how to improvise. Give your favourite songs a personal touch!
Children - Special Needs
Children with special needs play an important role in my teaching practice. I use different methods in this area from which I apply a particular approach by Marilyn Lowe and Edwin E. Gordon. Piano lessons for children are structured and varied, combining learning piano with other instruments and playing musical games. The sense of rhythm, a basic element of music, is developed through percussion games, clapping, metaphors applied to the piano... And anything else that comes from children's creativity is also contemplated!
Piano + Music Therapy
I am currently completing my education as a Music Therapist at Codarts (Rotterdam Conservatoire). To conclude my studies, I'm writing a thesis on autistic children and their communication skills. During piano lessons, elements from applied behavior analysis, music therapy, games to strengthen the children's self-image and self-esteem will be made use of. Music therapy techniques such as free improvisation, guided images and neurological approaches such as melodic intonation or rhythmic exercises can perfectly complement the teaching material. With an adequate approach, children can grow into great pianists within the ASD spectrum.
Lessons at Your Home
I teach the lessons in my cosy home studio in Delfshaven. Piano lessons in the comfort of your own home can be discussed. Home tuition classes only 45 or 60 minutes. Depending on schedule and distance I may charge a small amount for travel costs.
Fun, comprehensive and motivating online piano lessons for beginners and advanced pianists are also possible. Live feedback and instructions!
About Celia Cortés
Celia obtained her bachelor's degree in Classical piano Performance in Zaragoza (Spain), 2016. She has performed in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and other countries of Europe both as a soloist and as chamber music pianist forming ensembles such as piano duos, trios and quartets. She specialises in classical repertoire with clarinet, cello and piano and carries an extense experience in accompanying classical singers. She currently performs in the Netherlands with an alternative music trio which plays classical music, pop arrangements and songwriter songs. In November 2019 she received a prize in 'Voice Music Award' in Utrecht with her trio as a special finalist. In 2018 she began her Master's degree in Music Therapy at Codarts, Rotterdam Conservatoire. She offers music therapy sessions in her studio in Rotterdam and since July 2020, she has been working as a music therapy intern in Florence, a healthcare institution.