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Music has always been a part of my life in one way or another and I am someone who can pass on a positive experience to people of any age. I think positive reinforcement is so crucial for a student’s progress. Some of the highlights of my musical career, during college and after, have been my travel experiences with choirs. I traveled around the United States and to Canada with a women’s choir early in my career. I also traveled to the Far East (Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines) early on, with the same choir. More recently, I traveled to China as a choir member and a soloist, while participating in a cultural exchange between the College of Lake County and X’ian University.
Every student is different. I set realistic goals for each of them at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress and success, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inpires the students, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
Teaching piano is exciting! I began teaching private lessons at age sixteen and have been consistently teaching students for the past twenty-seven years.The families of my students build lasting, warm relationships with me. Most students take lessons for three or more years--many began at elementary age and continued through high school. My students explore a combination of styles and regular practice is absolutely key to learning. I work to make that practice fun, but appropriately challenging according to the student's age level and ability. Focus is placed on learning scales, chords, proper hand/finger techniques, a systematic approach to musical theory, and an emphasis on steady rhythym. As a musician, I perform for weddings, funerals, special occasions, and holiday events. I believe stage performance is an important part of a student's musical education and encourage my students to participate in areas such as recitals, school and church performances, and local bands or music groups. I specialize in teaching beginning students and have worked with youth of all ages, including children with special needs. I believe every individual can find enjoyment in learning piano!
I began teaching privately in the greater Milwaukee area in 2012. With my help and motivation, a fifth grader decided to keep his flute and play in his beginning band, despite his families' circumstances. Later, I picked up an interested eighth grader, who eventually received a Gold at regional solo contest and also made the all-state band. Motivation and and upbeat attitude have continued to yield personal and academic results in my studio. Constructive criticism, patience, and being able to "fit in my students' shoes" are all perks of studying with me.
Successful vocal instruction is a joint effort. It takes team work, commitment and understanding between teacher and student. As the teacher, I understand that the challenge on my part must be to motivate the student to do their best. The student must be willing to try new things, explore different ideas and enjoy the challenges that music presents in order to grow musically. Once trust and acceptance has been established, the lessons take on a life of its own. It is most gratifying to me to see the student's curiosity peaked, anxious to learn more.
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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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When you take lessons with Musika, you are eligible to participate in our yearly recital held in the Spring. Students of all ages and levels are welcome to perform, and show off their hard work and talent. Live performances are very exciting for musicians, and they help to enhance the students joy and love of making music.
The teachers in our network bring the creative stimulation and structure of a private music school setting to the privacy and comfort of your own home. A busy course load, heavy parental duties, or a full work schedule doesn't need to get in the way of your music lessons experience. We can come to you!
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 Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
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 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 Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
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 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
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.
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