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: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Euphonium, Tuba, Mallet Percussion
Teaching Methods: My beginning band students normally use the method book titled "Accent on Achievement" by Alfred Publishing. I fnd the book non intimidating and it moves the child at the appropriate pace.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is calm yet sensitive, careful yet daring. I love to challenge students. I also believe in giving lots of praise and encouragement. I don't have a set teaching style. I am very flexible and will based each lesson on the individual student.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: It is important to me that each of my students learns to love their instrument. But, even more than the love of their instrument, is the importance of knowing and understanding one's instrument. I offer positive reinforcement, encouraging my student in realistic goals. I acknowledge accomplishments that help fuel my student's desires to progress. However, I do not hide from the fact that pursuing music is a discipline. A well structured and commited practice time offers the best benefits. There is no greater reward than to be able to play what your heart desires.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet
I bring a holistic method to my teaching, so in addition to developing important fundamentals, I work to develop all aspects of music (theory, aural skills, performance skills etc.). I believe serves to motivate us and results in a rewarding and succesful musical experience. In addition to Standards of Excellence and Essential Elements as starting resources for beginners, All-State requirements for middle and high school students, I work hard to bring a variety of music for students to work on, developing a broad taste in repertoire. My goal is always to create an engaging and fun learning atmosphere.
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: 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!
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