Teacher Profile: William Berliant

William Berliant

William Berliant

Instrument(s): Brass, Music Education, Oboe, Piano, Woodwinds

City: Miami/South Florida


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About William Berliant

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee to a musical family. My Mother sang professionally, my Father and Sister both played the piano, and I have Grandparents on both sides that were musicians. I started to play the piano at the age of three and could read music before I could read words. I took piano lessons from the first grade all the way through high school and participated in a recital every year. In addition, I began learning the clarinet in the fourth grade, switched to oboe in the seventh grade, learned flute and saxophone, and played in Junior High and High School, concert, marching, and jazz bands.

After four years of study and practice, I graduated from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in oboe. After four years of public school teaching, I enlisted as a musician in the United States Army, and traveled around the world performing in military bands in Virginia, Berlin, Kentucky, Korea, and Massachusetts. After the Army, I finished an advanced degree at Southern Illinois University with a Masters in Musical Performance. I then taught Elementary, Junior High, and High School Band in Marissa, IL, Harlan, KY, and Covington, KY. I retired from teaching in 2007, and have been working as a substitute teacher, music teacher, and a teacher at the Yeshiva Doresh in Aventura.

Making music is fun, exciting, beautiful and creative, and I bring out those elements as I work with my students. I key my instruction to the desires of the student, and use the genre of music the student likes during lessons. I use positive reinforcement and encouragement to inspire my students as they travel through their musical journey from the first note to performing in a recital. A variety of musical styles, techniques, and learning concepts fit what I do best. A music lesson should be a fun adventure. Let's get started.

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