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I believe teaching music doesn’t just teach music—it teaches us life skills that are applicable to any field and any situation. My teaching philosophy is a mix of many ideas, and I believe it is more successful the more places I incorporate ideas from. --Capital High School Academy for the Performing Arts recipient of the "Music Legend" Award --New Mexico high School All-State trombonist, 2002, 2003 --New Mexico Inter-Collegiate Honor Band, 2006 --Fudung University, Shanghai, China certificate of appreciation for contributions to the performing festival at the 2010 World Expo Music Festival --Outstanding musicianship award, University of Nevada at Reno Jazz Festival, April of 2008, and 2011 for composition as well as outstanding soloist. --New Mexico State University Honors Recital performer, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 --Graduate Assistant to Athletic Bands, University of Utah, 2009-2011 --Performed with artists such as: John Fedchock, Steve Houghton, Byron Stripling, Doc Severinson, Jeff Nielsen, the Harry James Orchestra, Phil Campo and the "Loose Change" Jazz band, Five by Design, Gene Pokorney, and many others. --Current Middle and high school Choir/Band director with Albuquerque Public Schools --Clinician for various schools in area -Composer/Arranger
The beginning students always start in a book, which is usually John Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play", or for the older students, "Bastien's Book for Older Beginners." As they move along, the students often have an idea of what they want to play, and often bring me music, especially the adolescents. I can determine more upon working with the student over time. I definitely customize my lessons for each student, and don't compare one to the other. Some of them have been my students from early childhood to high school graduation.
When I teach, top priority is for the student to grow as a person through music. I don't believe in a drill sergeant approach with the only goal being flawless technique. I strive for my students to be well-rounded and educated musicians who will be able to make decisions for themselves and listen to everything with a refined ear. I set weekly goals that are challenging but approachable. I focus on not just the fundamental techniques of the instrument, but educating the student in all aspects of musicianship. Weekly objectives will include ear-training exercises as well as technical exercises. While becoming a better musician is work, I also strive for my students to have fun! If a student is not having fun learning their instrument, something is wrong and I will aim to fix it.
I use the Suzuki method for all starters, however, the repertoire is not only Suzuki. As indicated reading method, the more used is the I Can Read Music and the Hal Leonard Essential Elements. My students' repertoire is very significant in the process to be played and arranged for an ensemble as well. I understand that each student has a specific kind of motivation to play a musical instrument and usually, the student finds a new way when he/she start playing in a group (in his church, school etc). In sum, repertoire, and reading skills are developed separately in the beginning and then combined as soon as possible.
In all cases, the most important thing I try to teach is the love for this art and therefore for the instrument I'm teaching, because that is the best thing a teacher can teach you. I encourage all my students to set goals that are real and possible to accomplished. Acknowledging their advance is a key thing to motivate them to go further every time, always taking care of his health avoiding any kind of injuries through setting a good practice routine with proper warm-ups. I'm always open to teach my students what they want to learn, being also honest with them by showing them that learning music is a step by step process which with discipline and hard work can reward you more than most things in life could ever do.
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Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
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