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I have been playing music for over 30 years, starting with the drums at age 12, and then guitar at age 14. I attended Berklee College of Music and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Professional Music in 1995. My main areas of focus while in college was jazz composition and performance. I have been teaching professionally since 1996, and have since picked up other instruments such as bass, piano, and alto sax. On my free time I like to compose as well as play live. I love all styles of music including jazz, blues, rock/metal, and classical, and I like to incorporate these styles into my playing and composing.
Throughout the many years of teaching, I have compiled my own method exercises from different schools (American, Japanese, and British). For younger students, I usually work comprehensively on technique, music literacy, music theory and ear training. For adults, our lessons will be driven by your goals - we can work on repertoires, technique, arranging, transposition, sight reading, improvisation, etc. I encourage students to take their own notes and use technology to practice. Yes, there will be a practice log! It's fun but it's also a commitment.
I start with the fundamentals of classical music teaching rhythm and basic technique.
With almost 20 years of music-related experience, and over 10 years as a teacher, I am confident in my ability to become an asset to your educational institution. As a versatile individual, I have had a varied teaching experience including a teaching assistantship at Boston University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) for 5 years. Especially with the experience of 5 years at BUTI, I have had the opportunity to work with students from not only various cultures but also different levels. I also have been a coach for clarinet sectional rehearsals at Boston University Concert Band and a private clarinet teacher for all age groups. In my undergraduate years in South Korea, I have taught students from second grade to ninth grade at private music school while holding an orchestra manager position at Busan National University. Through the experiences, I have been fortunate enough to educate a diverse cultural group of elementary, middle school, high school, college level students and adult students. Further, I have learned how to communicate effectively to both student's parents and the academic organizations. At the same time I have the ability to build up my own teaching method to expand and improve student's talent and interest on making music.
I am a highly enthusiastic individual and I like to make students work! With the first lesson I prefer to have students bring me something that they may be currently working on (except for beginning students) so I can determine where to proceed from. Each student's work pace is determined by their individual needs as a flute player and what their long term goals are. As far as materials are concerned I like to work out of similar etudes and methods books for all students. It is a high expectation that students practice on a regular basis so lessons can be spent learning new material.
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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.
Musika offers an annual performance opportunity for all students through our spring recitals in May and June. Recitals are a great chance for young students to perform for the first time, more experienced students to show their skills, and even for adults to show their love of music! Musika students perform most often on piano and guitar, but we also have many singers, violinists, and even drummers - every instrument and style is welcome.
Everyone has a busy schedule these days. With the option of in home lessons from Musika, we allow you to add studying an instrument into your day without the hassle of traveling to another place! In home lessons allow you to study in the comfort and security of your own home. This is a great option for both busy children and adults.
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Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
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 Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
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 Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
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.
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