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
My approach to coaching students is focused on 5 important areas; embouchure, tone quality, intonation (pitch), technique, and time. Memorization of key signatures and scales are very important to the student's overall success. I utilize a method for memorizing key signatures which will decrease the memorization time and increase retention. The choice of music books and etude studies are based upon the student's level of playing and areas I identify needing improvement. Students who have gained more experience in the fundamentals, will be introduced to concepts of jazz style. This will often include style, ear training, basic theory, and improvisation. Basically, my goal is to help the student realize their own success!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Clarinet, Ukulele, Recorder
Teaching Methods: I believe that a mix of styles is important for any musician, but I also believe in meeting the students where their needs are. Without understanding the musician, there is a disconnect in teaching. I care about my students as individuals. Above all, I want my students to care about the music, know that I care for them and their success, and to find enjoyment! My lessons are unique because instead of having a one-size-fits-all session, I tailor to the student. Part of my teaching philosophy is that above all a student needs to be valued as a person before being coached as a musician. Music is empowering, and my desire is for a student not to feel discouraged, but confident.
Teaching Styles: As a people-oriented person, I want my students to feel encouraged after each lesson. Through my experiences with many teachers, I have discovered it is easier to learn from someone who is affirming and inspiring. I love to see the light in students' eyes when they understand something new, and I strive to show them that their effort is well worth it so they can have confidence and joy through music. I also believe in educating students on how to recognize strengths and areas needing improvement themselves, to empower them in their own practice.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet
Whatever the ultimate goal you the student may have (auditions, All-State, or simply learning for fun) I believe that the most rewarding and effective way to learn, is through a holistic teaching method. So, while I will work to develop effective practice methods to ensure a consistent technical development on the saxophone, I also strive to bring awareness to broader musical issues of interpretation, aural development and performance skills. I see myself as a model to my students, and take an interactive approach to my lessons in playing for and with my students.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola, Clarinet
For beginning students on Piano, I like to start with Alfred's Basic Piano Books. For clarinet: H. Klose. For Viola and Violin: Suzuki. There is a small amount of leeway I allot for those students who are exemptional. These books offer easy ways for begining students to learn the rudiments and mechanics of their particular instrument. Once progression is being made in the development of rudiments and mechanics, I start to incorporate solo works to spice up the learning experience. I like to have fun with my lessons. So, sometimes we will shy away from our regular studies to investigate some modern, and cool things that are being done with music.
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Euphonium, Tuba, Mallet Percussion
My teaching experience mainly involves the classroom but I do have private teaching experience. I want students to be prepared and excited about learning to play an instrument. If the instrument doesn't give you joy then lets find the right instrument for you. Happy students get the most enjoyment out of private lessons.
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