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Quick warm-up. Go over previous weeks assignment and address any playing challenges or difficulties. Prepare new assignment for following week's lesson. Alfred's Basic Guitar 1 Mel Bay Book 1 & 2 Bass Various Fake Books along with students' preferred interests.
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My methods are customized to each student's individual needs, skills, and interests. Before each lesson a student and I will go over what their goals are. During the lesson we will discuss their strengths and weaknesses, what they can do and what they need to improve upon and practice what they've chosen to learn. At the end of the lesson we will review what we've gone over and plan accordingly for the following lesson.
Hi I'm David and I am a very enthusiastic music teacher; composer, musician and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music and have fun. I have 16 years of extensive experience ( B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. Middle Childhood / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA. I teach guitar lessons with learners of all ages, especially beginners, children, teens and adults. I offer customized lessons and use a gentle teaching style and have vast music experience that will surely energize and nurture any guitar player. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they are not overwhelmed. I currently work in our local schools and for 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an enrichment after-school guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In 1997 I won an award for the most improved studio composition student at Purchase College. For 12 years I have work in our Westchester schools as a teacher and have been fingerprinted and had a background check done so that I can work in the public school system in New York State.
Note that all students are different and come to me at various skill levels, from novice, to advanced beginner, to professional. The following method is an example of an absolute beginner's lesson: Lesson 1: Get to know the student, his life and musical goals. This allows us to connect to the music on a highly personal level. This makes the process much more fun and tailored to the students needs and interests. We do a little bit with the instrument in this first lesson, but it is more about getting comfortable. Lesson 2: We start working on some basic fundamentals - hand positions, breathing techniques, the history and function of the instrument, etc. Lesson 3 - X: The next lessons involve working through concepts, techniques, exercises, etudes, songs, and pieces depending on the instrument and interests of the students. I can give you valuable insight into the following things: Rhythm guitar: Concepts, rhythms, roles Bass - all skill levels: rhythm, groove, articulation, bass line construction, ctc Lead Guitar: Articulation, transcribing Music Theory: Chord structures, chord substitutions, general music theory Reading: Jazz charts, chord charts, sight reading and transcribing Creating a melody over a chord progression Creating a chord progression under a melody Forming chord progressions Improvisation and song learning techniques
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Young students will benefit by starting off playing on a half size or three-quarter size acoustic guitar. If an older student finds it comfortable enough to do so, they may wish to begin playing on an electric guitar. There are many different student model guitars, which can be purchased for between $150-$200. Additional costs will be incurred for those wanting to play electric guitar, as amplification and cables will need to be bought. Consider that higher quality instruments are easier to play, and will increase the chances of the student liking it.
At Musika, the teachers in our network create lesson plans that are specifically customized to meet the needs of each individual student. These experienced teachers can develop the skills of a complete beginner, or help to take an advanced players skills to the next level. Students can expect to learn such things as how to correctly hold the guitar, learning the notes on the fret board, and how to tune their instrument. Students will also learn techniques such as fretting, fingering and strumming, and will learn to play various scales and chords, such as open chords, power chords, and barre chords. They will learn how to combine these elements of guitar playing to create or cover complete compositions, as well as learning music theory and how to read music. Last but not least, teachers will help students to realize the joys and fun that learning to play the guitar can bring!
The earliest recommended age that students can start their guitar lessons is 6 years old. At this age, students will find it easiest to play a half-sized classical guitar with nylon strings, and will learn how to play simple melodies on the top strings of the guitar. Students can begin to form chords, as well as play and sing along to songs, by about ages 7 to 8. When students get to the ages of 10-12, they should be able to comfortably handle a full-sized guitar. At this point, they may acquire a taste for rock music and want to progress to the electric guitar.
Adults wanting to learn how to play the guitar may find it beneficial to have a clear goal in mind when starting their lessons. Beginner students may wish to learn to play a few of their favorite songs, or an advanced player might like to develop a specific technical aspect of their guitar playing. Whatever the aim, the experienced teachers in our network can help unlock the skills necessary to make those goals a reality. Learning and improving technique, co-ordination, and theory can take time, but with regular lessons and practice, you will gradually start to see improvements in your guitar playing, and be well on your way to achieving your goals.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home guitar lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Teri Romano
Being I'm a woman, I was a little apprehensive having a male teacher (he knew this), however, after my trial lesson I realized he knows what he's doing and I had nothing to worry about!! He is very knowledgable on the piano and vocal techniques. He has a big vocal range so he is able to hit the high notes to be able to show me how I need to sing it. He is also phenomenal on the piano. I would highly recommend him for vocal and piano. Also, I don't know how to sight read music and he is teaching how to. I've been taking lessons with him for a month (my trial lesson was on 1/11) and I have already seen a huge improvement. I am an intermediate level singer looking to improve my vocal technique, breathing and improve my confidence in my singing abilities, Alex is definitely helping me do that.
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
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 Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
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