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I have been teaching privately part time for five years. It is important to me that beginning students practice their instrument at least fifteen minutes per day, whether it is their goal to one day major in music or to play pop tunes for fun. Each student's goals are different so each student's lessons will be different! In addition to teaching privately, I have coached groups at the Lamont School of Music Pre-College Summer Academy, where I was Assistant to the Director. I now work with teens at the CU Denver Summer Music Program.
For beginning flute students, I typically start with the Rubank Method Books. I will have the student begin with the Elementary book and then progress to the Intermediate book followed by the Advanced book. As the student progresses I will also begin introducing solo pieces to add to their repertoire approriate for possible recitals. For adult students and more advanced players I will add etude books and other exercise books along with the Rubank Method Books. For beginning piano students, I typically start with the Faber Piano Adventures Series. Within each lesson I work on scales, technique, intonation, and musicality. I use these in each piece that is studied. I usually use a lesson book and a solo book so that the student can receive adequate instruction in all these areas. As the student progresses, other exercise books are added into the lesson. Within the lessons I apply music theory and history to their pieces and take into consideration age level so as not to overwhelm them. I believe it is important to understand these concepts as you progress in order to play the pieces in the correct styles. My practice time requirements for students vary based on level of proficiency. I want the students to enjoy learning, develop a love for music, and have fun in their lessons.
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.
I started teaching voice, flute, and piano in 2004 while I was at University of Idaho. I knew immediately that this was something I was meant to do. I love working with students of all ability levels and ages! Each lesson is so different depending on what background the students has, what genres of music they like, voice type, etc. Not only is it a learning experience for my students, but for me as well! I encourage my students to not only learn their preferred music styles, but also to explore those that they are less familiar with, often classical music. I find this approach not only opens their eyes to a genre of music that has many beautiful pieces of music in it, but also improves their abilities in their preferred genres as well!
I am a very flexible teacher and have experice with students at all different paces. I like to set realistic goals for my students and keep them motivated. It is very important to me that my students feel like they are succeding in music and excited about playing music. I believe a good way of doing that is to acknowledge their accomplishments and to praise their progress.
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Many adult players find the flute to be a relaxing and meditative instrument. Our teachers are comfortable working with new flutists at any age, as well as older players who are returning to an old love. The flute can be a great instrument to accompany others or to play as a soloist.
To start, Musika suggests renting a flute. For smaller players, a "candy cane" headjoint can balance the weight and make playing easier. As the flutist advances purchasing an open hole model with a B foot joint will produce a more mature sound. Our instructors can assist you in selecting the correct model for your student.
Most flutists begin in 4th grade. Unlike the piano or specific string instruments, it is not a good idea to start the flute before the student enters elementary school. The student does need to have the strength to appropriately hold the instrument, and have the lung capacity to blow into the flute and produce a supported sound. The flute is easy to hold, carry, and care for, so many young players find it an attractive option.
Taking flute lessons in your home offers a great way to master your skills on the instrument without ever leaving your home! Many students and parents find this very convenient as there is no additional time for travel.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's flute lessons may include, but are not limited to: correct embouchure formation, how to appropriately shape your lips to blow into the instrument, how to develop a solid tone in low and high registers, how to hold, assemble, and clean the instrument properly, fingerings for notes, techniques for developing quick finger action for passages, different articulation, how to slur or tongue cleanly, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the flute!
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
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