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I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Musical Arts at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where I study flute with internationally-acclaimed soloist, Marina Piccinini. Before coming to Peabody I studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris as well as at l'académie international d'été in Nice, France. Further work was with Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist Emmanuel Pahud at the Domaine Forget International Academy. I previously earned degrees both at Peabody as well Oberlin College/Conservatory and have been teaching as a TA and Private teacher since my undergraduate years - working with students is really where it's at for me! I have always maintained wide-ranging and diverse teaching studios that include both flute and piano students of all ages and experience levels! Seeing that witnessing live concerts is such an integral part of the learning experience I always try to send my students information about upcoming concerts in the area and have recently been named Co-Artistic Director of the Light Street Chamber Players in Baltimore where I can provide my students with tickets and opportunities to be involved in classical music.
I'm passionate about music and the guitar, and I strive to communicate and instill that passion in my students. I like my students to have lesson-to-lesson and long-term goals, and firmly believe in pushing my students to be the best they can be. I like to constantly ask my students questions so I'm more receptive to their thoughts and needs.
I have taught on and off for the last 6 years. I currently teach at a private studio a couple days a week in the afternoon since last August. Prior to August I have had students on and off in my home or at their homes. My experience has taught me that your best teacher is yourself. I can show you my methods, teach you theory and technique, but what is comes down to is find ways to stimulate yourself with practing. I suggest trying to play music with as many different type of instrumentalist as possible.
A lifelong musician and lover of teaching, I've been a student of music since I was a toddler on the Violin. Growing up in a musical household I was introduced to a variety of musical styles. In 2009, I graduated from Wesleyan University with Honors in Music Performance and Composition thanks to my first rock opera, Black Friday. After graduation I moved to New Orleans thanks to a post-Katrina service trip that introduced me to my new home. Besides being a 5 year member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus I also play lead guitar for local band The Tumbling Wheels.
My teaching style is student-driven. I want to know what you are setting out to accomplish with your instrument of choice so I can help you to achieve your goals. There are many techniques I know that will help you to master basic skills on your instrument as well as the more individualized skills you will need to excel in your particular style of music. I can't wait to hear about what excites YOU most about music so I can help you to become the kind of musician you want to be. I do expect students to practice between lessons. Practicing at home is the only way to make progress with your instrument. Then lessons can serve as an opportunity to discover new sounds and skills, correct any bad habits you may be forming, and discuss aspects of the musician's life that go beyond simply playing, if that is where your interests lie.
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An education in music carries over to all other aspects of life. Not only do students learn music and how to appreciate various genres, but music lessons can also help to improve academics. Music students tend to score higher in science, math, and language skills tests.
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In home lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills, and are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. Lessons are usually taught once a week and significant progress can be made in a short time. Of course, teachers will suggest that students practice every day for the best results.
Musika offers a introductory trial lesson to every student! This lesson gives you the opportunity to meet with your teacher and discuss your lessons with no obligation. If for any reason you are not satisfied we will not charge you for this, and would be happy to match you with another teacher if you would like.
Live performing is a great asset to any musician. Musika offers recitals every year in the Spring where students of all ages and levels can come together to show off their hard work! Teachers help the students to choose and prepare their material, and Musika provides the venue and a piano accompanist if the student should need one.
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
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 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 Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
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