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One-on-one training sessions ranging from 30 minutes to one hour in length. The students learn how to sit or stand with the instrument, how to hold the instrument, and how to manipulate the fingers and other body parts to produce tones and sounds from the instrument. Technical exercises, musical pieces, and other activities to help the students improve their musical skills, are provided.
Having a student develop a passion for music, having a student increase their confidence through art, these are the most rewarding experiences for me. It's important for students to progress at their own pace, which should happen on its own, if the student remains engaged and motivated. Making music is fun, if this isn't my students experience then I'm not doing my job.
I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Ball State University in May of 2012. I also received my Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Ball State University in May of 2014. While completing the requirements for my graduate degree, I held the Classical Guitar Graduate Assistantship under Prof. Paul Reilly. As a Graduate Assistant at Ball State University I Instructed individual undergraduate students in proper classical guitar technique, history of the instrument, and musical expression through etudes and repertoire in preparation for performances. I maintained grades based on attendance, progress, and performance quality. I directed small classical guitar ensembles emphasizing cooperation, musicality, and professionalism in preparation for performances. I also assisted Prof. Paul Reilly with the Annual Classical Guitar Festival, juries, and other miscellaneous duties.I Instruct my private students on classical, acoustic, and electric guitar. I teach basic techniques such as simple note production, good tone production, slur execution, etc. I also teach advanced techniques such as the barre, rasgueado, natural and artificial harmonics, etc. I develop reading skills for traditional music notation with an emphasis on phrasing and musicality, offer guidance in the development of the skills necessary to execute guitar techniques, and incorporate basic to advanced music theory knowledge to understanding the guitar.In addition to my own private lessons, I am also currently a member of the guitar faculty at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. I instruct private group classical guitar classes through on location and through Merit’s Bridges: Partners in Music program. Our goal is to expand students’ personal and educational growth by cultivating a strong work ethic, effective listening, teamwork, and self-confidence. We develop each students' musical potential by improving their musical knowledge, skill, and instrumental technique. As an Instructor I instill a strong understanding of the fundamentals of classical guitar and music as a discipline.While my primary focus has been Classical Guitar, I understand that each person has their own goals. As a private instructor I make my goal the student's goal and create lesson plans tailored to the individual student’s needs and desires. Whether you're trying to pursue music at the collegiate level or just learn a few of your favorite songs, I'll be sure to help you get here.
I have been singing since I was 6, playing trumpet since I was 10, and I picked up guitar in my early 20's. I am now 49 and have taught voice, guitar, & trumpet for over 7 years from my cozy home. I have been part of many musical ensembles (in many genres) in my 30 year career and have session work that's currently located in the Seattle Rock & Roll museum. I have performed in varying capacities over 2,000 times in my career, and my emphasis is to help musicians prepare for live performances.
Violin/Viola: I start with music reading using the Essential Elements 2000 series. This is for two reasons: 1. Is that it's very easy going and doesn't make learning a chore. 2. Is the school system in the district uses the same book, so the student is prepared for orchestra. Once the student is familiar with everything in EE 2k, he or she "graduates" to The Suzuki Book series. Along with this, we do fun songs like movie themes, fiddle tunes, world music, or rock song intros. Guitar: For students 8 and under I start with Guitar For The Small Fry because it is entertaining to learn from and not overwhelming. For students 9 to 15, I use Hal Leonard's Guitar Method because it goes at a really nice pace for that age. For students 16 and older I like using Mel Bay's Guitar Method because it goes a little faster, has more interesting songs for an older person and includes some music theory. Where we go after these methods is up to the taste and desires of the student. Along with the music reading books, I like to throw in some simple folk songs, rock song intros, movie themes, or easy rock or blues songs/progressions.
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For students looking to start learning to play the guitar, we recommend that they do so with a particular goal in mind. You may wish to learn how to play your favorite songs, develop your compositional abilities, or learn music theory. Maybe you are an advanced player wanting to take their playing to the next level? Whatever the goal, the experienced teachers in our network can help bring these wishes to life. It takes time to learn and develop your guitar playing, and may take a couple of months before you start to achieve your aims. The best way to guarantee you meet your goals is through regular practice and lesson time.
Young students are advised to start off by learning to play on a half sized or three-quarter sized acoustic guitar. Older students may wish to start on an electric guitar, as long as they can hold the guitar comfortably and competently. There are many different student model guitars, which will set you back $150 - $200. This does not include the price for cables and an amplifier, which will be a necessary purchase for electric guitar players. Higher quality instruments are often easier to play, which provides the student a greater chance to enjoy their learning.
Students aged as young as 6 years old are able to start taking guitar lessons with the expert teachers in Musika's network. For students of this age, we recommend that they start by using a half-sized classical guitar with nylon strings. They will learn to play simple melodies using the top strings of the guitar. By about 7-8 years old, students will be forming different chords and playing along to their favorite songs. When students get to about 10-12 years old, they may become interested in a specific genre, often rock music, and decide to learn on a full-sized electric guitar.
The most important thing students learn is how to have fun when they are playing the guitar! It can be a challenge to master the basics, and it can take a lot of practice but with the proper teacher, students can be playing their favorite songs without too much trouble. Topics covered during guitar lessons include: learning notes, open chords, barre chords, finger picking, sight reading techniques, music theory as well as how to strum and pluck with the fingers.
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Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
Review by Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
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 Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
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