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It is important to me to make an intial assessment of where the student is, what particular techniques need to be cultivated, and other things of that nature to have a full understanding of the direction in which we need to take. It is also imparative that the student is motivated and has that parental support, as I will always be ready with encouragement and productivity to reach the goals that we've set together.
I am a passionate and motivated music instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. My greatest happines is seeing students learn, grow and develop a deep love of music and learning. Music Director at 1st Trinity Lutheran Church and Instuctor with Musika. Lessons in piano, performance, technique, theory, music arranging and composition. Prepared young teenager for successful career in composition for National Geographic and Hollywood Films. Prepared students who have placed with Advanced Standing when applying at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. Pianist for string orchestra, chamber groups, duos, trios, quartetes, quintets. Accompanist for Vocalists, Instrumentalists. Pisnist for Jazz Quartet, Sole performer for private celebrations, Weddings, Birthdays playing Classical, Jazz, Comtemporary music.
I always start trying to find what inspires the students so we can move from there. I believe every student is different and we need to set realistic goals for each lesson. I think every lesson should include techniques, a piece to perform and concepts to grasp. Those three are the main components of my teaching style.
I am a passionate and detail-oriented private teacher who has experience working with students of all ages and levels. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2014 and will graduate with a Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in May 2016. I have performed with many professional ensembles including the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, New York Repertory Orchestra, Tactus, Ohio Light Opera, San Francisco Wind Ensemble, Symphony Parnassus, and UC Berkeley Symphony. I am a member of the Phoenix Quartet, a NYC-based chamber ensemble. I have studied with some of the most respected clarinetists of the generation, including Mark Nuccio, Luis Baez, Jerry Simas, and others. I have performed in venues all across the country, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, The New World Center, San Francisco War Memorial, Royce Hall, and live over Los Angeles Public Radio.
My passion is for the student to figure out WHY they like certain musical ideas but not others and how to implement the sounds in his or her playing. That means we will be transcribing, practicing scales, working on etudes, memorizing tunes, long tones, and harmonics training to start. If needed, we will also talk about some music theory so we both can use the same terms, such as ii-V-I and bebop scale. I have performed MANY different genres and would be open to techniques that would give students the best possible way to sound desirable.
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Young students are best-suited for a plastic student model clarinet. Plastic is durable, easy to care for, and can be taken outside for marching band. Models made from wood, offered by companies like Yamaha and Buffett, are typically recommended by conductors of school wind ensembles and orchestras for indoor concert use.
Our teachers create a custom lesson plan for each student studying clarinet. Clarinet lessons are useful for many students taking band or woodwinds during school. They will focus on how to prepare the instrument for playing, how to hold the clarinet, how to read music, and common musical styles which use the clarinet.
Clarinet lessons in home are a convenient way to learn an instrument. In home lessons are structured the same way as in-studio and there is no additional travel time. Our teachers generally teach students one lesson a week.
Many of our adult clarinet students are complete beginners, while others haven't played their instrument in over 10 years. We also have teachers who can work with more advanced students looking to take their skills in both advanced classical repertoire and/or jazz improvisation to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Children generally begin to learn the clarinet at age 7 or 8. We suggest this age because the student needs to be able to hold the instrument correctly and support its weight. More importantly, students fingers need to be the right size to play instrument, and the child needs to have enough lung capacity to support the sound of this instrument.
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
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 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 Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
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