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My name is Roby Deaton, and I have been doing music all of my life. I started playing piano at the age of 4 with my grandmother showing me little pieces, and started taking formal lessons at 5. At the age of 12 I quit piano and started playing guitar, to make lots of money and have lots of girlfriends. After 2 years of playing chords and scales 3 to 4 hours daily, I realized I didn’t have any more of either!! In the process I learned to play well enough to be in a couple of teenage bands. So I went back to piano, learning the complexity and simplicity of patterns and scales within the keyboard. Several years ago I decided I wanted to play violin, so I purchased one. I took lessons from a few accomplished performers/teachers in the Houston area. I now have several advanced students that sit first chair in their respective school orchestras. Playing the violin is a total pleasure for me. I play every chance I get. I have a Bachelor of Science in Hospital Management, but all I want to do is music, all aspects.
I use a combination of the classical and modern approaches to teaching music. Both have their advantages, and I use the positive of each to give the student a complete education. The younger student will learn all the basics of classical music, along with songs they want. After learning the basics of music, the older student can choose to learn a style(s) of music that is of interest. Classical, jazz, country, rock, gospel, any style of interest. With violin and fiddle (same instrument, different technique) you will learn the style of music you want to master.
Of those who are interested, I will teach the principles of midi recording. Midi (musical instrument digital interface) allows keyboards and computers to converse with each other. There is software that will let you play your original music ideas, and I will teach you how to use it.
I am currently working on several recording and performing projects. I have a solo project that I have been doing for the last several years. You can check it out more at www.mysticimages.com . It is an instrumental mixture of all the styles I have learned over the years. I play keyboards with my wife’s band, the Beat. They are on of the premier Vietnamese bands in the Houston area. I am also working with my own band, Castle. It is a progressive rock act, using the elements of rock, classical and jazz. The awesome drummer for this project is a longtime Houston drummer/instructor, Craig LeMay. More on this at www.castletheband.com .
The goal at Tempo is to give the student and potential next superstar all the tools needed to convey whatever musical idea is in their mind. To have the hands work in sync with what the brain is conceiving, is the ultimate goal. The learning process will be enjoyable and exciting, and you will learn a gift that will last a lifetime.
I hope this has given you an insight about me. If you have any additional questions please contact me.
Take care and hope to hear from you,