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I usually begin with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sightread and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.
I have been teaching piano since 1995 but have been playing since 1970. I teach from ages 4 to adult. My oldest student was 65. I also teach beginning to intermediate clarinet, beginning to intermediate violin and beginning guitar. I also teach beginning to intermediate voice. I am a junior at San Diego State University and have been working on my Music Education degree. I have been involved in music my entire life. I was the concert master of the orchestra at Grossmont High School, in La Mesa, California, as well as second chair clarinet in the symphonic band, California. I also sang in award winning Red Robe Choir which competed in Vienna, Austria. I have taught classroom music at a small school in San Diego, teaching beginning music and theory. My students were in K - 8.
For children, I usually go through a method book that teaches the basics of music and teaches the child to play simple one-note melodies and chords (if their hands are big enough to reach over the neck of the guitar comfortably). For teenagers and adults, I usually find out what they want to learn, what songs/bands they like. This is helpful in motivating as it is the reason they are taking lessons! I still go over the basics of music with adults as it will help them learn songs faster and teach them how to learn on their own as well. I encourage goals and focusing on meeting the goals rather than the rote "practice 30 minutes a day" concept. Although it is necessary to practice at least 10 minutes a day to see progress, the whole point of learning guitar is to learn songs and skills, not to say "I've played guitar for 2 hours this week." We will write our goals down, track them and focus on how we can meet them.
My teaching method is based on the education I received from four great violin pedagogues who were representing the three prominent Russian, Belgian, and American schools, and also my 27 years of training students. In one hour of my comprehensive teaching, I work extensively on both right and left hand technique, with emphasis on scales, arpeggios, and etudes...which ultimately will result in good tone production, double stops, vibrato, and more importantly, high quality performance. Pieces of music are normally chosen from a huge selections of violin literature or from Suzuki books. Students show very good progress in a short period of time, and they are very soon able to produce beautiful sounds from their instruments, accurate intonation, strong vibrato, correct rhythm, and great musicality. They develop a positive attitude towards the acquisition of the art of violin playing, and look at the learning process as a fun experience, especially when they are exposed to a new piece of music, whether it is a simple song such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star or a major composition such as the violin concerto by Beethoven or Wieniawski. I know how to make the violin fun and enjoyable for students and they whole-heartedly enjoy playing the violin even more when they begin to execute vibrato during their playing and performances.
I feel that nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students develop their talent and joy for music! I approach each student in an individual manner and cater vocal exercises or piano exercises specifically to their needs and skill level. I have each student keep a weekly journal and we mark their progress accordingly. I even give reward points for homework done correctly toward a music gift card. I like to make lessons a wonderful learning process and fun!
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Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
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.
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 Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
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+
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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!!
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