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: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Depending on ability level, I will provide a comprehensive perspective of each lesson; I usually start the lesson with technical excercises such as scales, arpeggios, long tones or overtones. I will make sure each student learns all of the scales in all modes one at a time. Next, I will focus a majority of the lesson on reading excercises or etudes, or even songs or pieces. For younger players I make sure they are able to recognize the notes and read effectively. For more advanced players I will provide stylistic ideas and some technical tips. At the end of the lesson I will help determine reasonable assignments for the student to practice for the next lesson. I will usually assign one or two scales, several short etudes and/or a long song or duet. I prefer to be welcoming and relaxed toward my students, but I do expect them to give it their best effort.
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder
Sometimes this depends on the student. I am an easy going teacher. I don't believe in applying pressure. It is my job to get to know your student and find positive ways to help them develop their musical skills.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Recorder, Electric Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn
Teaching Methods: I ask all of my students to be prepared for their lessons with a notebook and pencil for lesson notes and assignments. I ask them to bring any materials they have and will often recommend books and supplemental material I have had success with. I believe in writing down notes that help students understand what they are learning, exactly what students should practice, and setting goals for their practice and overall progress. I have judged solo contests and have rarely had a private student achieve less than a 1st Place rating. Most of my private students achieve "Superior" rating at solo and ensemble contests. Good communication and genuine concern for the students needs, desires and goals will always be my focus.
Teaching Styles: I believe in positive affirmation and goal setting. My goal with all students is that they enjoy learning, become self-motivated to practice, and consider their musical abilities as a gift which they can choose to share with others whenever they feel comfortable to do so. I have experience using a variety of method books and can easily recommend appropriate materials. I also encourage students to share with me and allow me to help them learn their favorite music, as well, even if that involves writing it out with or for them. For one student that may mean helping him write out a part from his favorite movie soundtrack for trumpet. For another, a college physics professor who asked me for tenor saxophone lessons, that meant learning five Christmas Carols to play for his family at their holiday gathering.
Instruments: Guitar, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Recorder
My teaching methods vary with age, skill level, and interest. For beginners and children looking to play in ensembles, we may work on reading music, getting comfortable with the instrument, and getting a good sound. I will often use the 1st Hal Leonard guitar book for beginning guitarists. For jazz students, it is essential to listen to classic recordings of jazz and to learn improvisation based on the Berklee Chord Scale Theory. These are just a few examples of my methods as every student has different interests. My areas of expertese include technique, improvisation, harmony and theory, composing, performance anxiety and concentration, and many more. Let's find what works best for you!
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
For beginning students who are children, I start with Rubank's Elementary Method book. This will provide the student with the basic fundementals. I will then introduce the student to a variety of solo repertoire for his or her instrument. For students who already have knowledge on their instrument or who are adults, I aim to find what the student is interested in, and adjust my instruction accordingly. Regardless of age or ability level, I keep the lessons engaging and fun!
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