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I began teaching cello in high school in California. I have taught at the college level as a Teaching Assistant at University of Washington and a professor at Edmonds Community College. I love teaching young cellists and was a teacher for several years with Seattle Music Partners, a free after-school music program for elementary and middle school string students.
I have been teaching since 2004. I was a teacher with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's Outreach Program for two years. I play regularly with Orchestra Seattle, Rain City Quartet, and the Seattle Celloship, and formerly with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, with various bands. I also record as a studio musician.
My teaching experience varies for each of the instruments I instruct. I began teaching private lessons for guitar in 2004. My voice instruction began in 2009, and the rest of the listed instruments I began to teach in 2012. I believe consistent daily practice is essential for improvement in my students, and encourage my students to log their practice time. In the words of my professor Todd Woodbury, "You do not become a master from what you do within these lessons. You become great by how much effort you put into the application of my guidance through your own practice." I cannot make you the performer you want to be. I can only guide you through the process. This is why I am always excited to bring on a new student. Each student I have worked with holds a special place with me. I strive for those key moments when my student comes to a new musical understanding.
My teaching experience is rooted in the public school systems where I beleive great music programs are so badly needed. I worked for Beyond the Bell, the afteschool branch of the Los Angeles School District coordinating music programs and events for our studnets, grades 3 - 12. This includes honor groups, workshops, clinics, festivals, competitons and ongoning begining music programs, all in various genres and throughout the district. I personally taught two afteschool programs, each with over 25 students each. Classes includes beginning and intermediate groups on wind, string, and percussion instruments.
I like to provide super positive encouragement for students. I set realistic goals for students and make learning fun at the same time. That way, they are motivated to practice and progress at a rate that is comfortable and that provides the optimum learning experience. I often will encourage parent participation with younger students' lessons, and I like to spend time conferencing with the parents or even have them sit in on lessons if they have the time. This way, they know what their young student is to be working on for the lesson.
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While advanced students may choose to buy a cello, beginner students will need to decide whether they would like to purchase or rent. Most all musical instrument stores will have a rental program where students can pay monthly for their instruments. Rentals for beginners offer many benefits. For children, they will be able to easily move up in size as they grow. Your teacher will be able to let you know what size is appropriate to start with. Beginning adults will almost always start with a full size cello, but renting is less of a financial commitment than buying a cello.
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.
We recommend children begin cello around age 7 or 8. With the cello being a larger member of the string family, it is important that the child is comfortable with the size of the instrument. The knowledgeable teachers in our network can help you choose the correct size. As beginning students, children are introduced to the technical aspects of playing, musicianship, and how to read and understand music.
Many adult students request cello lessons because of the instrument's sophistication and beautiful tone. Many adult beginners will find the cello slightly easier than the violin, simply because finger placement is farther apart, making it a little easier to distinguish between the correct notes.
In-home lessons are the most popular choice with Musika students. It allows both beginning and advance students to study their instrument even with very busy schedules. You will not spend time or money on traveling and will have the same quality of lessons with our qualified instructors. Children and adults both love the idea of in-home lessons as it allows learning to occur in the comforts of home.
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
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