Our music lesson students will have the opportunity to take lessons from the comfort of their own home or in one of the teachers studios. Careful attention is placed on each student to ensure a custom lesson plan. Our music teachers understand that every student has different needs and abilities and therefore the lessons will be planned with that knowledge in mind.
lessons are available in the following areas:
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Recorder, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Mallet Percussion, Bassoon, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
Piano: Younger Students Suzuki & Faber Older Students: Hannon, Masterworks Classic, Alfred Adult Method and Hal Leonard Strings: Strickly Strings and Essential Elements Band Instruments: Essential Elements and Essential Musicianship Voice: 24 Italian Art Songs, Broadway Singers, Vacci, Adler and Prima Donna Album Guitar: Super Guitar Book, Praise Guitar Charts & Hal Leonard Essential Guitar
Instruments: Piano, Cello
Teaching Methods: I base my teaching out of the Schroeder Violoncello Methods for all ages along with the Schroeder 170 cello studes. Along with that I pick pieces that the student will find enjoyable as a means to keep them encouraged. Usually I introduce traditional classical repertoire at the beginning of their second year as the student is usually more comfortable with the instrument at that point.
Teaching Styles: Each student is different, therefore each strategy varies. However, my overall goal is to have the student enjoy learning how to play their instrument as well as help grow their passion and love for music. Before I begin teaching a student I always ask what they wish to achieve with their instrument. This way, I believe, is best to plan accordingly for each individual student.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
During my 15 plus years of teaching violin, I worked in a variety of class settings (public and private school as well as in private offsite lessons), using different teaching styles with a wide range of student levels (beginners to undegraduates) and ages (3 to adult). Through these experiences, I have become very flexible and improvisational in my educational approach, and am open to learn and adjust to new and uncertain work environments, perhaps more easily than most. After my studies and experience working as an orchestra director for middle and high school orchestras in Indiana, I learned a lot more about teaching viola, cello and bass. I'm all about the students having fun while learning to play. A non-judmental enviroment is also very important.
Teaching Methods: My teaching methods focus on incorporating many different styles of pedagogy, including the Suzuki Method, the Alexander Technique, and the "Russian" school of music instruction. I draw many of my techniques from my previous teachers, Shawn Sanders and Nikola Ruzevic, whose diverse backgrounds in music have given me an excellent fusion of contemporary and classical teaching styles. Once a student has reached an acceptable level of comprehension in the classical style, I may begin to develop ear training and musicianship using pop music according to the student's tastes and goals.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is dependent on active involvement for all parties involved. For this reason, I encourage parents of young students to sit in on the lesson so they can understand how I want the student to practice and prepare for the coming lesson. For other students, I will have them keep a practice log in which I can write the expectations for the coming lesson and "assignments" to be completed. Developing a student's comprehension of music and playing ability is not a "one style fits all" task, so I tend to choose the right teaching style based on the student; one student may need a very sympathetic and caring teacher to encourage their progression, while another may need a tough teacher to challenge them to practice more often. Whatever the case, by actively practicing between each lesson and by carefully listening during a lesson, my students can achieve any goal they set their minds to.
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