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, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: For my beginning students who are children on piano, I typically start with Alfred's Basic piano books. There are so many levels and it helps them understand the basics. With the piano books there are also theory workbooks that give them a chance to think about what they are actually doing when it comes to making music. With the older students on piano, I stick with Alfred's Piano books for adults. It's a fast paced learning tool but also help adults learn the basics. With my instrumental students I use Essential Elements and Hal Leonard's; I will also provide solo repertoire and technique books.
Teaching Styles: I love to see kids progress in music and become excited about it!! My teaching style is very paced and hands on. If a student isn't getting something, I like to slow it down until they they do. I'm very complimentary and positive during lessons; this helps the student be confident. I also try to give the student a guideline on how to practice and how to pace themselves throughout this process. I tailor all of my lessons according to what the student needs.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Organ, Recorder, French Horn, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon
My experience began when I was an assistant band director in the Memphis City School system. I gave lessons and helped form the marching and jazz ensembles. My studio has produced All-State and All-West Tennessee players, as well as collegiate level students. I have taught many genres of music including jazz, classical, bluegrass and gospel. I'm always excited to bring in new students!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: I like to spend the first lesson figuring out what the student knows so that I can formulate lesson plans that are relevant and chronological. Once a rapport is established, I introduce material that is both accessible and challenging and help the student work through the music. First we work on playing the right notes and rhythms, then we add musicality and expression.
Teaching Styles: It is important to me that my students gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to continue making music after lessons with me end. I want to make sure that they develop a strong foundation for music understanding and are able to apply it to their chosen instrument.
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums
Teaching Methods: I like Faber and Faber piano adventures because they teach a lot like I do. I've been developing a power point and You Tube presentation to go along with the book for those students who need more visual stimulus. I like various curruiculum's with Trumpet and Brass players. I stay around the Trumpet players Bible using an Arban's book with some Clark exercises along with the students band book to help them not to form bad habits.
Teaching Styles: I like to make music fun and lessons fun. I try to give students realistic goals weekly.
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder
Teaching Methods: I have found that every student requires a very different approach when teaching in a private setting. And that is true of students of all levels. It's quite difficult and unproductive to try and fit every student into the same method. Younger students, beginning and intermediate, progress often has to follow a school dictated path. I can work with any method book provided by the school or recommend a method that I find appropriate for the student. I also like to provide the student with new music every lesson. For advanced students, I like to rely on the standard clarinet repertoire for most of the lesson material, and I supplement with etudes from the clarinet repertoire as well as my own transcriptions of etudes from the violin, viola, cello, oboe, flute and bassoon repertoire and technical studies to address specific parts of the technique. I emphasize an approach that is true to the performance practice of the era the composer was active. Adult students often already have an idea of where they want to be, and I tailor make the lessons to reach that goal.
Teaching Styles: Because every student is unique, and learns and grows at at different rate, my approach to every student will be different. An emphasis on regularity and time management is essential to a student who wants to grow, so I assign realistic goals for each lesson. My lessons are most often dived into three parts: technical studies, etudes, and solos. I like to draw from music that exists outside of the clarinet and saxophone standard repertoire when I feel appropriate. For example, my jazz students have proven to benefit from the study of baroque music and ornamentation. And I often ask my bass clarinet and baritone sax students to learn etudes originally written for flute. It's always good to spread our wings and see what is possible.
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