Influences: Classical, Jazz, Brazilian-Jazz
My philosophy is to push you to exceed your expectations and reach your goals while still having fun. I will push you, but gently and show you a lot of effective ways of practicing so that you achieve more in less time. I am big on technique and really believe in the importance of developing a solid technique, which I will help you to acquire. A strong technique will give you the tools you need to play whatever you want skillfully. With a commanding technique you will be able to focus on making beautiful music. After all it is all about the music!
Speaking of the music, I feel music has two sides, the side where you feel and connect with the music, composer and performer emotionally. There is also a scientific / mathematical side to music which is called music theory. Having an understanding of the analytical side of music helps you to understand what you are playing.
Unforgettable performances are the result of deep analysis, emotional connection to what the composer has written and brilliant technical skill. When these elements are bridged together the results are astounding.
I generally divide the lesson into three sections:
I feel it is important to bring all of these elements into all areas of music education, particularly performance. I find it is also important to have some historical background on the composer and time period of whatever music you are playing so we will discuss these issues as well during the lessons and I will encourage you to do a little research on the composer of whatever music you are playing. This information is invaluable. What is most important is that you are enjoying your music educational experience. Looking forward to your lessons, enjoying your practice time and having a sense of accomplishment. I will push you to exceed your own expectations but you will set the pace as well as determine what music you desire to play.
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage
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- Graduated, Piano Performance (MM), Florida International University 
- Kemal Gekic [2009 - 2011]
- Dr. Geoffrey Burleson [2007 - 2009]
- Ronald Carter 
- Norman Simmons 
- Armenta Adams 
Seminars and Workshops Attended:
- Master Class with Awadagin Pratt, Coral Gables Arts 
- Master Class with Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Florida International University 
- Certificate of Educational Partnership, Steinway & Sons 
- Golden Key International Honor Society - Florida International University 
- Performance with Maestro Nestor Torres [May, 2011]
- Golden Key International Honor Society [2010 - 2011]
Student Reviews for Jamila
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
Gifted pianist, Great teacher - February 1, 2015
By DentonD, Piano Lessons
Jamila is in a class of the best. A very knowledgeable instructor and gifted pianist that I had the opportunity to study with, she understands exactly what a student needs in the art of piano playing she is patient and very focused in developing my technic and musical expression. Jamila knows how to explain and show you every detail in the musical repertoire I am studying. Jamila exceeds any piano instructor I had in the past I highly recommend Jamila.
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