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I believe that the first step to playing an instrument is the creation of a beautiful sound and I make sure the my students can create that in the first lesson. I've found that it's the tone of the cello that draws so many students to it and it's a love for the sound that keeps them interested. I take many pieces from the Suzuki books, which have a great progression of music that students of all ages respond well to. I also assign duos, with myself or another student playing the other part. I've found that playing with another instrument opens up a whole other world for students. For those who have an interest in it, I also teach improvisation and basic composition. Theory (including note reading) and technique (scales and other exercises) are assigned alongside pieces, and I've found that if they are introduced gradually, students gain a lot from it without feeling like it's thankless work. In terms of how I teach students personally, patience and encouragement have been the greatest tools for me. Each student's personality is different, of course, and my job is to figure out what is most inspiring for each student and what they respond well to. While self-discipline is an important part of learning an instrument (and to learning anything in-depth) I've found that when students feel inspired, they commit to music.
I am a motivated and open minded musican who takes joy in learning from others. Having recently graduated from the Boston Conservatory this past May, I have taken part in a number of various ensmebles. While my focus was in performance, in recent years I have taken a greater interest in teaching. With both a liberal arts as well as conservatory background, I have had the opportunity to dabble in both worlds. As a musician and student-scholar, I was fortunate enough to present on topics of interest to my area as well as perform on a regular basis. My hope is that students with a general background in history and theory (to which I highly encourage) will vastly see and hear changes in their playing.
My teaching experience began junior year of college when we started doing trial "lessons" in our classes and in the surrounding public schools of Lowell. Over that time I acquired specific techniques and methods that I have been able to apply to classroom settings and to individual students alike. Starting towards the end of my senior year I began doing private lessons on Guitar and hope to continue doing them for some time. Through my time working with students I have found that it is very important to get to know them on a more personal level, i.e. music they like, their interests, their hobbies etc, and that way I can tailor my lesson plans to them as individuals and make them feel as comfotable as possible. I've learned a lot from my experiences in and out of the classroom, and I use my knowledge to the best of my ability in every lesson.
As a performer, I have played in concerts around the United States, including Ohio, Carnegie Hall in New York, Maine, Michigan, and Florida. I have also performed extensively in Europe, including Spain, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. I love to teach and pass on the knowledge I gained from my teachers to my students. I have space for 2, possibly 3 students.
I'm a dedicated cellist and collaborative musician. Through my training, I have been fortunate to work with a number of inspiring mentors and teachers. I began my serious training on the cello in Santa Barbara, California where I participated in the Santa Barbara Music and Arts Conservatory. It was through this program that I came in contact chamber music, and artist-teachers who instilled in me a drive for the richness, color and palette of sound possibilities the cello can create. I am currently about to complete my undergraduate degree at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. During my freshman year, I auditioned for and was accepted into the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. With this ensemble, I gained extensive training as a touring cellist in a large orchestra. We perfomed regularly in Symphony Hall Boston, Sander's Theatre Harvard, a tour to Carnegie Hall (reviewed by the NY Times and turned into a live recording for sale), as well as a tour to The Netherlands in June 2013 where we played in 5 cities culminating in a performance in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
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Every student is different, and each lesson will be different. There is no particular teaching style we mandate, but if you are looking for a particular method, such as Suzuki, we would be happy to find a teacher in our network that specializes in that. During lessons you will learn to read music, play with proper technique, and advance your music skills. Some teachers may have students buy particular method books. These materials are inexpensive and will be used for teaching and practicing.
As a student begins lessons, they will need to acquire an instrument. A cello can come in different sizes; and while an adult will almost always play on a full size cello, it is important that children are matched with the right size. This can be done by your private teacher or by any professional at the place of rental or purchase. While some students may want to buy and own their own instrument, many students choose to rent. Renting can be beneficial in the sense that it is less of a financial commitment and it is easier change size when a young student grows out of their current instrument.
It is never too late to start learning an instrument! Adult students appreciate the convenience of our in home lessons, as they can schedule them around other commitments they may have. Whether you are a complete beginner, or have been playing for years, the teachers in our network can work with all ages and abilities.
Because of the cello's large size, our recommended starting age is seven or eight, although exceptions can certainly be made for a younger student who is capable of handling the instrument properly and who has sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. The cello is also an excellent instrument for older students who have some experience with other members of the string family, or even as a beginning instrument.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home cello lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
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