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: Violin, Cello, Viola
Teaching Methods: I don't have a standard lesson plan that I use for every student, as no two are the same, but for my younger students I tend to use Essential Elements and String Explorer to help with the basics, and from there introduce solo repertoire that aligns with their interests and abilities. For my adult students I work with them to create a plan that aligns with their interests and abilities. I believe that all students should have a say in the music that they play, and if a student comes to me with a request I will do my best to incorporate that music into our lessons.
Teaching Styles: For me, the best part of teaching is when a student's confidence soars due to mastering a new skill. I believe that music can be a great teacher of self confidence and self discipline, and I work to always keep it a positive experience. I set reasonable short and long term goals with the student so that they have something specific to work towards, and I write them down in the student's notebook so that they can look back at what they have accomplished if they start to feel frustrated. I require all students to keep a notebook where we list scales they have mastered, and set our weekly goals as well as important information that they may need (such as materials they need to get, concert dates, etc.). I have found that having a personal notebook helps the student's confidence and helps them to keep track of their progress. In addition, I work with the student to create a practice plan that works with their schedule and abilities so that they have a regular time set aside each day to practice their materials. The most important thing that I do though, is keep communication going with the student so that I can tailor my lessons to the student's interests.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle, Double Bass
Kirk has experience teaching students of all ages for the past 10 years. He teaches privately as well as teaching through the school system. Kirk founded his own musical organization for low income families.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: I start string students in the Suzuki method books. I teach in a Suzuki influenced style, but I start students reading right away. If the student is able to read words, they are ready to read notes and reading music is an essential part of a student's music education. For many younger students, I will also create etudes to accompany their Suzuki pieces. Woodwind students will start in the Rubank series and work on other technique building exercises. These methods are how I typically start my students, but more advanced and adult students will likely use different materials based on ability level and interests. All students receive a monthly practice sheet to log their practicing habits. I keep a sheet for my own records with detailed notes so I can plan the next week's lesson.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style varies from student to student because all students learn differently. What does not change from student to student is the exitement and enthusiasm I bring to every lesson. I genuinely love to teach and if my students are not loving to learn, I need to change my approach. I also believe in strong communication, so students and parents are always aware of my expectations. Above all else, students should be learning in their lessons, cultivating a love and appreciation for music, and enjoying their lessons. Music lessons should always be a positive experience!
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