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Mark S

Mark S

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As a youngster, I had many negative experiences learning in government schools, resulting from teachers who in retrospect were clearly knowledgeable, but lacking in skills at communicating their knowledge to a wide range of individuals. This led me to spend a great deal of time thinking about the dual subjects of teaching and communication, and to learn how to simplify complex subject matter and effectively communicate it, learning to identify what various individuals know, and use that knowledge as a bridge of communication to use what they know to define and communicate that which they don't know. In short, learning from my experiences with bad teachers enabled me to become a good -and eventually excellent- teacher. My approach stresses a thorough understanding of "the basics"... thoroughly defining the essential knowledge and skill(s) upon which everything else depends, and is built. In general, this approach emphasizes utilizing the language and concepts of "classical", jazz and blues -as these provide a very comprehensive "toolbox" of knowledge and skill(s) that enable students to gradually master their instruments while acquiring a broad range of musical knowledge that enables them to "go whereever they choose."

Ian K

Ian K

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For my teaching goals I like to help my students learn the instrument from the basic fundamentals. I believe music is like building a house and it is important to start with fundamentals in order to construct a strong foundation for musical knowledge. I like to teach proper technique and playing standards so my students will learn correctly and not have to go back and relearn things and relearn their technique. I like to teach them the correct way so they have the proper foundation to branch out and broaden their musical horizon. Every student is slightly different so I like to assess each student on their needs, goals, skill level, and preferred teacher's style.

Paul P

Paul P

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I grew up and went to high school on Long Island , New York, and started playing guitar around 12 years old. I began by teaching myself and playing in rock and metal bands all through high school. We played local venues and battle of the band in the city. My first teacher was the excellent eletric guitarist , Jeff Denny, a great, well known local player. He taught me joe satriani and yngwie malmsteen , solo shredding guitar riffs and also introduced me to Eric Johnson , a guitarist that capitvated me and got me excited about playing. Upon entering college I began studies with Michael Belajoas in classical guitar. This style was new to me , so many new techniques and sounds , it made theory fun ! Michael has been my biggest influence and mentor. I also enjoy reading and writing , and believe in using any and all resources available to become a better player. We should always keep learning !

Linda A

Linda A

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For beginning piano students, I use Alfred's basic Piano Library.  This works well with young children as it has colorful pictures and easy to understand language.  For Adults who are just starting to learn piano I like Alfred's basic Adult Piano Course. This course comes with audio CD's to accompany the student each step of the way.  It makes it fun. For beginning Guitar students, we go over the parts of the guitar and learn how to tune the instrument.  From there we learn a series of basic chords and start to implement them into songs. My voice students will find my approach is intuitive and responsive to their individual needs.  I have studied many different techniques over the years and I use them as a collective resource from which to  teach.

John S

John S

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Reading music is essential. To me musicians who don't know how to read music are like people who speak without undertsanding the meaning of the words they say. I also focus on ear training and understanding the instrument naturally, being that I feel its best for the player to have a mulititude of approaches to their understanding of their craft. Books I use in my methods are Carmine Appice Realistic Rock, Rockin Bass volumes 1 and 2, Mel Bay's Killer Fills, and Buddy Rich Snare Drum Rudiments. 

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