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For beginning students I use different method books and supplemental resources depending on the instrument being taught. It is important to discover each student's interests and am always searching for creative ways to keep the student engaged and fun, no matter the ability level. Together with the following method books, I create worksheets and use computer games to make llearning more enjoyable. Bastien piano courses; Hal Lenoard piano; Snell piano method; Dozen a Day piano exercises; Suzuki violin; Klose-Prescott and Lazarus clarinet; Hal Leonard guitar; Peter Gelling.
Eric is a consummate multi-instrumentalist and composer. He enjoys writing in many styles, drawing inspiration from eccentric legends like Mike Patton, Tom waits, and John Zorn, to name a few. He is especially interested in using the song as a medium for self-expression, taking every opportunity to forge vintage aesthetics with an ever expanding arsenal of technology. His most recent projects include Josey Wails, Rusted Chain, and Sixty Slang. He has studied Classical Guitar Performance and electronic music at UC Santa Cruz and Mira Costa College, working with Randy Pile, Mesut Ozgen, Peter Elsea, Mario Gonzales (Prince, Christina Aguilera), Sheldon Tarsha (Adler's Appetite). When not completely geeking-out musically, Eric enjoys goofing around with his six year old daughter, surfing, and checking out local music.
Out of college and newly married, I began teaching both piano and flute. When babies came along, I focused on them instead. But after they were grown, I went back into music headlong! I became involved in a lot of performing as well as a lot of teaching. I would estimate that my total teaching experience, with both flute and piano, is at least twenty years. I love sharing music with others, and I enjoy watching students develop and mature. One of my main goals is to develop a love of music in my students and to help them enjoy making music and freely express themselves through it.
I encourage my students practice at least a minimum of 30 minutes a day. I don't have one particular book I work from as I see every student is different. I do require that they have a theory book because I believe learning the theory is just as important. Regardless of their age, I encourage them to find a piece within their level that they would enjoy learning to play.
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.
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Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
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 Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
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 Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
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."
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