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Method/Material choice is highly dependent upon the age, goals, instrument, and personality/temperament of the student. PIANO: Generally speaking, for a child beginner student, I'm using either Bastien or Faber and Faber. For 12+ year old piano students, beginner through intermediate, I often work from Alfred's All-In-One piano instruction book, supplementing with appropriate pop, classical, and theory work as the student progresses. I have found Practical Theory Complete, by Sandy Feldstein, to be an invaluable resource for both piano and vocal students. I often teach adults who are beginning students or are coming back to piano after an absence. We work together to tailor the repertoire to their desires, which are often just personal fulfillment. Coming back to or being introduced to musical study as an adult is immensely rewarding, and it is a great joy of mine to be able to correlate the life experience they have with the study of the arts. For more advanced students, teenage to adult, I develop an individual curriculum/repertoire plan based on need. If I am preparing middle or high school students for conservatory or university entrance, we study a rigorous blend of scales/technic work, music history and theory, and a balance of difficulty-appropriate classical pieces from all time periods. We study on the semester program, in preparation for their university schedule. I often work with older students on the development of playing by ear - understanding enough music theory to learn basic chording patterns, and then growing into skilled performers of popular music or their own arrangements. VOICE: For students from 8-13, vocal instruction is focused on confidence building and a proper foundation for singing. I use a combination of well-known children's songs, such as in Hal Leonard's Essential Songs series, the children's book, and songs from their favorite artists. Through these songs, students learn to sing out strongly without shouting, form their vowels correctly, hold out the vowels of each word and create long vocal lines, and communicate emotion through song. These basic studies prepare the student for a future in voice without the technic work and more rigorous study that they aren't ready for physically. I try to expose each student to styles of music they might not be familiar with. For teenage to adult students, as with piano, the approach is tailored to individual need. Many teenage students are looking to express themselves and better their "instrument", but are not focusing on university level music work. We still focus on a well-rounded approach to music and the arts, but with a less rigorous plan that seeks to discover their vocal strengths and feed the musical itch within them. Often adult voice students are looking to fulfill a desire to study voice that has been in the back of their minds for years. I work to explore and fulfill that desire through whatever genres of music make sense for their lives. Many times, I see adult students with significant natural gifts that need my help refining their sound for performance. I have taught many worship leaders, professional performers, teachers, and local singers who are looking to branch into national work or simply learn correct vocal technique to protect their voice from its daily abuse.
My teaching experience dates back to my high school years where i would actually walk to a students home to teach. I have been teaching for over 50 years. Students leave with a sense of excitement and accomplishment and look foward to the next weeks lesson.
I try to learn as much as I can from all my influences and express it in my own way. Music is a deep reflection of a person’s personality. It’s taught me Discipline, Patience, Commitment, and a deep understanding of myself. Music should be shared with others, so get out there, jam, listen to the greats and learn. There are no limits on what you can achieve if you dedicate yourself.
I started to teach privately in June 2012, teaching both voice and early piano. I teach students out of their homes, or a space of their choice. I have mostly worked out of their local schools or churches. I encourage and emphasize regular practice on a consistent schedule. I encourage hard work, but also fun when practicing, and during lessons to help maintain a student's growth and interest. I encourage my students to enjoy their instrument and encourage them to find music they wish to learn that interest them, as well as classical pieces. While learning an instrument is tough, it should be an enjoyable experience!
I love music and sharing my joy of it with others. Teaching and performing are my passions and it's a privilege to share with others.
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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.
Studying music facilitates learning in other subjects such as math and English, helps promote language development, and can even possibly result in increased IQ! Musical activity can also involve a high level of hand-eye coordination and can improve a student's spatial temporal skills while giving them a skill they can have for the rest of their lives. It's important to remember that the biggest benefit of studying music is the development of a lifetime love of diverse types of music.
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.
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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 Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
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 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 Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
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.
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