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As a Music Teacher, I have taught in the Classroom for close to 30 years. I have performed with many bands and have played with Felix Cavaliere, John Sebastian,and Jazz artist Maynard Ferguson. My teaching style is diverse, positive and motivational. In studying music in College, there were essential study guides that would help make me the professional I am today. I had studies with Sal Salvadore and also Lee Ritenhour who are noted musicians with different approaches to playing. Their teaching techniques varied but was added to my methods of teaching students.
I believe that private instruction is the best way for anyone to advance their learning of a particular instrument. One-on-one instruction ensures that each student is getting what they need as an individual. Here, I am able to address the learning style of each student, as a unique musician. Playing WITH the student, both in unison, and in duets, students have the opportunity to see and hear a model for clarinet playing. In my studio, the students' musical needs and desires are paramount; and together, we will celebrate successes, pinpoint areas of improvement, inspire one another, and have fun!
My greatest delight is to see my students progress. I set goals based on the students ability. I also encourage them to bring music that they want to learn to class. If it is beyond their capabilities I can re-arrange it to suit their appropriate level.I have the gift of patience and can accommodate slow learners.
In 2000, I left medical school to pursue music and have never regretted the decision! I went on to receive my bachelor's in 2004 and master's in 2012, both in instrumental music education. I recently relocated to South Tampa after being a full time 4th-8th band director for 10 years in Chicago. I also taught kindergarten music and K-3rd group piano. I have been teaching private lessons on all instruments for 13 years, with an average of 10 students per week in my studio. I have taught private lessons to students from age 8 to 60, at all levels of experience. I especially love teaching beginners, at any age, to provide a well established basis of fundamentals, in order for those students to easily achieve great musicianship later on in their development.
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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.
Taking clarinet lessons as an adult is a great way to learn a new skill. Many of our adult students may have played clarinet as a child and want to pick it back up again, however it is still beneficial for students of all levels. Adult students can generally notice a lot of progress in a short time, provided they are practicing every day between their lessons.
We suggest that beginner students rent their instrument to start out. Clarinets come in either wood or plastic varieties, but the wood variety will be more durable and last longer. All clarinets come with a case, bell, lower joint, upper joint, barrel, and the mouthpiece. You would also have to purchase reeds or a reed making kit, as this is a neccesary item for this instrument.
Taking clarinet lessons in your home offers a great way to master your skills on the instrument without ever leaving your home! Many students and parents find this very convenient as there is no additional time for travel.
Teachers create a custom lesson plan for each student, focused on learning how to hold and care for the instrument, how to read music, and basic musicianship skills. Students will may also explore various genres in which the instrument is utilized.
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
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 Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
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 Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
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