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.
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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Mallet Percussion
Teaching Methods: Students are not the same therefore each method is different. The introductory lesson is used to get to know the student and what it is that they need and a program or methodolgy is designed based on that student's needs.
Teaching Styles: Fun is the goal of each student because a student enjoying themselves will always want to practice and be successful. I try to incorporate as much learning in a light fun filled environment as possible to keep the student interested in their talent.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: For my younger, early elementary piano students, I use the Bastien Piano Basics. For my older school-aged students, I typically use the Faber Piano Adventures series, usually starting off with the acclerated book for the older students. For adults and some of my high school students, I use the Alfred Adult series. All age levels will be taught music theory in conjunction with the regular music lesson, which gives them a deeper understanding of the music that they are learning! My band students will be taught based on what method book their director is using, whether it be Essential Elements, Standard of Excellence, etc. Their lessons may be expanded upon by providing duets or solos for them to play. I also encourage the older students to learn their scales and possibly audition for All-Sate Band if so desired. All of my band students that have been playing for a least a year are encouraged to participate in an annual spring music recital.
Teaching Styles: I really enjoy seeing a student grow in their understanding and knowledge of music! Music can become a life-long passion for many and also provides benefits of the students learning self-discipline, confidence, and pride in learning something new! I am patient and encouraging with all ages and provide opportunites for all to grow!
Instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: As a musician, it is important to refine performance, technique, and style. I like to find out what the student's goal or difficulty is in each of those categories. Then we plan a recital usually 4-6 months away. I ask the student to choose 4-5 songs that they enjoy and that feel would be a feat to perform. I choose 1 song that I think would challenge them in each of the musician categories. Then we work to prepare the 5-6 songs for the recital. The idea is to have an attainable goal to achieve within a certain amount of time. This requires the student to create succesful practice habits outside of lessons and the recital gives real world experience. For students I have had for more than a year, each recital showcases their improvement.
Teaching Styles: In learning music, it is very important for students to have the freedom to explore and cultivate their own artistry. It is my job to guide their development with proper technique and discipline. When first meeting a student, I learn what their interests are and meet them at their level. Then I devise a strategy based on who they already are as a musician that will help them to advance.
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Mallet Percussion
Teaching Methods: I have the most Experience using the following Method Books: Standard of Excellence, Essential Elements, Accent on Achievement, Instrumental Methods
Teaching Styles: In my classroom transdisciplinary is innate to my teach style. I teach all skills in my class using many methods including but, not limited to the following: Clapping, singing, stomping, writing, modeling, syllables (math), one-on-one Beginning players usually start with a short Assessment of their knowledge of music. We will spend a lot of time thorughout their experience on Tone, Intonation, Technique, Range, and Style using various styles. Experienced players usually start with a short Assessment of their knowledge of music. A high focus of our Studio time will be spent developing Music/Solos etc. they are already preparing for Honors groups, High School and College. We will spend a lot of time thorughout their experience on Tone, Intonation, Technique, Range, and Style using various styles.
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: There are many acceptable method books for beginning students, however, I have found that if a student gets relatively comfortable on their instrument before trying to decipher a grand staff, they seem to enjoy the learning experience more. The hardest part of teaching music, in my opinion, is the educational content that isn't in a method book. Finding someone who can play your instrument better than you can often be more inspirational than finding a new piece that is slightly out of your comfort zone or using a method book that, at the end of the day, is supposed to help a student reach the ability level of the person the student aspires to be. Having said all that, young students must learn the building blocks of being a good player before trying jump right into their long term goals.
Teaching Styles: Developing respect and passion for music is paramount in music lessons. I don't believe in forcing method books and content that, at the end of the day, the student doesn't care about, on my students, they should have a voice in what their being taught. I tailor my teaching style to fit every single student differently. Young players must learn scales and etudes, but that is usually only for half of the lesson; the other half usually consists of finding inspirational performances and pieces that will be FUN for the both of us to learn. Adult students can look forward to lessons that are straight to the point. While I do encourage everyone to learn the basics and fundamentals of playing music such as scales and sight reading, I have found that most adult students wish to perform in atmospheres that require many abilities such as playing by ear and improvisatory skills which are not taught in most high school and middle school curriculums.
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