Teacher Profile: Anthony Collier

Anthony Collier

Anthony Collier

Instrument(s): Drums, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Voice, Recorder

City: Miami/South Florida


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About Anthony Collier

Anthony Collier was born in Miami Fl. His musical journey began at age 4 when he learned how to play the drums from his father, who is also a guitarist. As Anthony continued to grow up, he developed a love for singing from his mother and trained in a magnet school for choir. He also joined the Miami Central Marching Band by playing in the percussion section. All while he was teaching himself how to play the piano by ear on youtube. He then went on to receive an A.A And B.A in Music Ed/Performance degree from Miami Dade College And FAMU. While at FAMU, he became a touring piano player for the FAMU Connection Recruitment Show where he traveled all around florida, putting on a musical show to encourage incoming freshman to choose FAMU. Immediately after graduating, Anthony became a music teacher who taught students from PreK-12th Grade. That is where he developed his love for teaching music to the next generation of musicians.

As a teacher, his aim is to help students unlock the meaning and message of any piece of music. For Anthony, teaching and learning are both about exploration, inquiry and experimentation. And he approaches each lesson fully committed to spark a student's imagination and musical understanding through these principles. The joy in his teaching is seeing students' ideas develop and being there to guide them each step of the way!

Together with his students, they discover a wide range of music styles, from Classical Music to Contemporary Music, even Jazz and Liturgical Music. He also equips students with the practical skills of lead-sheet reading, playing by ear, accompaniment styles, transposition and improvisation so they can take their creativity and love of music in many directions.

But his goal is to do more than teach piano. Anthony helps students become problem solvers and independent learners, as they find their own artistic voices. Anthony asks lots of questions to help students make their own musical decisions and take ownership of their interpretations. Anthony has taught students ages 3 to 18+ , and has found that at every age, the discovery of how music can communicate and connect people is richly rewarding.

Music is meant to be shared and enjoyed, so with his students each year, culminates with two celebratory studio recitals. Not only does this create a concrete goal and a sense of accomplishment for students, but it further cultivates the shared supportive studio environment they contribute to and enjoy.

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