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, Flute
Teaching Methods: I typically start beginners with the Rubank method, as it contains a good balance of fundamentals, technical exercises, and fun, tuneful melodies. Particularly when working with children, I supplement this with my own devices, including flash cards and various learning games. I gradually incorporate solo material as appropriate. While I personally am primarily a classical musician, I make a point of including any style that is of special interest to the student in order to make music as enjoyable and relatable as possible.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is very comprehensive. I believe that a good musician is a well-rounded musician, and an understanding of music theory and history is important to a thorough understanding of the music. I have been blessed with teachers who made these potentially confusing areas fun and engaging, and I enjoy finding ways to pass that on to my students. I also place a high degree of emphasis on listening, both to oneself and to other performers, recordings, and styles. I believe that music is an incredibly important part of life-- from the discipline it builds to the joy and beauty it brings-- and my biggest goal is always to find ways to connect to and inspire my students.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
Teaching Methods: I am a firm believer in teaching music literacy, which means I teach my students to read, write and perform music. We study note reading and rhythm counting, basic music theory, Music History and Composers, and learn performance skills in a chosen instrument. I believe that music performance blossoms the most when the performer understands what they are performing and why the music works the way it does. I have witnessed great musical successes from my students using this method.
Teaching Styles: I am very animated in sharing my love of music with my students. I use positive reinforcement with my students, and appeal to their strengths to work on their musical weaknesses. I believe in teaching a student from where they are and constantly moving them forward in their musicianship and performance skills.
Teaching Methods: Most beginning students start with Accent on Achievement method book to learn note names, note values, and general music reading skills. Additional musical selections and books are chosen based on student skill and musical interests.
Teaching Styles: Lessons are geared to review past music learned, evaluate progress on current selections and self evaluation. Emphasis is placed on student identifying areas for improvement and what changes need to be made for those improvements.
Instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Harmonica, Recorder, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon, Conga, Latin Percussion
Teaching Methods: Classes for beginners will focus on tone quality, articulation, rhythm, reading music, and playing in time. Students will learn breathing and fingering techniques as well as structured routines for practicing at home. Intermediate players will begin by mastering the 12 major scales and arpeggios in straight and swing patterns. Basic 12-bar blues structure will be introduced and students will learn to improvise using the blues and pentatonic scales. Students will begin to develop an appreciation for different styles of jazz through listening and ear training. At the advanced level, students will practice sight reading and will become comfortable soloing in a variety of keys and styles. Various Minor and Modal Jazz structures will be taught, with a heavy emphasis on improvisation and transcribing solos.
Teaching Styles: I try to make sure lessons are fun and rewarding! I encourage a lot of back and forth play-a-long between myself and the student or between the student and a play-a-long track. I bring in lots of new music and excersizes on a weekly basis.
Instruments: Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Euphonium
Teaching Methods: My philosophy of teaching is to meet each student at their level and provide them a fun experience that also helps support their goals as a musician. I am familiar with several band and idividual methods such as Standard of Excellence, Essential Elements, Rubanks studies and many others. I also supplement my lessons with material that my students find mtoivating and fun to play.
Teaching Styles: I believe learning happens best when you are engaged and having fun. I connect well with people and use my outgoing personality and experince as a musician to help my students develop good habits and study music that appeals to them. I love connecting music making with real life experiences and goals.
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