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: Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Piccolo
I use the Rubank Instrumental series for all beginning players. I do help my in school students with what ever book they are using in class (this includes band and choir music.) When students get the general basics I start using solo, duet, and various scale books. The students are also able to pick various books that interest them (Christmas, religious, pop) to supplement their learning. I also an use various state recommend solos and ensemble for competitions. Music theory books are also recommended but not must.
Instruments: Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
My teaching experience began while I was in college taking music education coursework and working as a music tutor for a local middle school band program. After graduating in 2013 I have taught more than 300 hours of private music lessons to students of all ages. I have also taught group music lessons, K-6 general music and choir for a homeschool music program in addition to music theory lessons. I love puzzling out how to relate to each student in the way that best helps them progress towards their musical goals! My Kodaly training has especially helped with younger students to make musical learning an engaging and developmentally appropriate experience. My favorite part about teaching are the unique and relationships built with students as we explore and develop music.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo
The one aspect of teaching I love the most is seeing other students develop a passion for it. Every students learns at their own pace, but this doesn't come without hard work. I encourage my students to work towards something, setting goals and gaining rewards when those goals are met. At the first lesson my students will tell me what they want to do with their music. From this information I can cater my teaching style to the needs of the student.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Flute, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
For all instruments, I teach students to utilize ALL resources available to them, such as the Internet for finding sheet music with specific websites, YouTube for instructional videos and karaoke, tablets and phones for metronomes and tuners, and different ways to learn music through all of their technological devices that go beyond typical music notation. Students are given incentives for practice through a system of 5 A's in a row: if they achieve this goal, they get to choose whatever song they learn next. Music is then customized to incorporate their current skill levels with the challenges that bring them into the next. All instruments, including voice, learn the Major and minor scales with other scales being reserved for more advanced students. Repertoire will be centered around the scales the student is currently learning. SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT METHODS: GUITAR, MANDOLIN, and UKULELE-starting out with simple TABs to focus on parts of the instrument, body and hand positions, and utilizing the ear to hear rhythms within the internalized beat. Progress to rhythm notation over more challenging TABs, power chords, and open chords. From there, rhythm notation is applied to strumming with more complex rhythms using ties, as well as hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends on TAB notation. For those interested in learning to read music notes on the staff, Mel Bay method and custom well-known melodies I notate personally are provided. PIANO-beginning with note names on piano with note-name notation that utilizes rhythms by rote (by ear) to establish internalized rhythm, body and hand positions, and finger positions. Alfred's Basic Piano method or Bastien Piano method levels are determined for the student after assessing how they did with the first part in order to learn music notation with notes on the staff and rhythms. Customized melodies for their rewards always utilizes note-name and/or music notation. Once students are ready for the challenge of changing positions, Hanon exercises 1-5 are introduced. VOICE-establishing good habits of breathing from the diaphragm, relaxing the throat, and utilizing air to sing instead of "hit" the note starts out our vocal lessons. Warm-ups using scale degree numbers and syllables with steps, skips, and controlled scooping eventually progress to solfege and harmonies. For repertoire, enunciation is a crucial habit that naturally makes the voice louder and words easily understood, and pieces are chosen collaboratively by myself and the student so that they are challenging but not discouraging. If students are interested in specific singing genres, such as Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, or Jazz, we then focus on techniques for those styles. BASS-much like the guitar except instead of chords, students are taught walking bass lines with 12-bar blues and progress to using chord notation to write their own walking bass lines. Berklee Bass Method is used for notation reading, as well as Jamey Aebersold for the jazz-minded. FLUTE-the hardest thing to do on flute is get the initial sound. Once that's done, the rest starts to fall in place! Body position and proper breathing techniques are taught with sound production, reading fingering charts for G, A, and B get the student started on simple 3-note melodies, applying the notes they learn to simple music notation as they learn more notes, and then getting into the Rubank method to challenge their music reading and finger combinations for notes.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
I have been teaching private lessons for almost two years. Some of my students competed in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Competition (in Indiana) and received Gold and Silver awards. Before I started giving lessons, I volunteered with a community group in Indiana called the Phillips Music Guild of Indianapolis. Through the Guild, I helped mentor students who were learning to play music. I have mainly taught 5th graders through adults and am happy to work with any students in this wide age range. My favorite teaching moment is when a student starts to see how different aspects of music go together and their eyes light up!
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