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Choral Experience: As a member of the Westminster Choir (Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor), I performed with major East coast orchestras. Representative works include: Mozart, Coronation Mass, Requiem; Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, Missa Solemnis; Berlioz, Roméo et Juliette, Te Deum, La Damnation de Faust; Mahler, Eighth Symphony; Wagner, Das Liebesmahl der Apostel; Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms; Kodály, Psalmus Hungaricus; Bernstein, Chichester Psalms Ballet Accompanist: Princeton Ballet Workshop, The Agnes DeMille Studios (New York), School of the Pennsylvania Ballet (Philadelphia), The Scottish-American Ballet at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland Organist/Choirmaster:Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal), Thousand Oaks, California; The Church of St. Mary in Palms (Episcopal), Los Angeles, California; All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Orange, New Jersey; St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Hawthorne, New Jersey; Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Orange, New Jersey; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harrington Park, New Jersey; All Saints’ Church (Episcopal), Bergenfield, New Jersey; St. Elizabeth’s Church (Episcopal), Jacksonville, Florida
For young beginners, I usually start with basic theory notions taken from the Lizard Academy books, combined with some exercises on the guitar. Once comfortable, I start to introduce some notions about improvisation and soloing, as well as increase the difficulty of the exercises I want them to practice on. For young adults or adults, I like to take my students in the direction they want to go, besides teaching them something slightly different just to enrich their background. I also like to focus on their difficulties and eventual mistakes to correct them and help them pull through.
I like to give my students small goals until I get to know them better. Early triumphs in learning a musical instrument tend to really help keep the attention of the new player. With beginning students, I like to teach in reference to the music the student wants to play. With Intermediate students, I like to have them explore new musical genres with similar concepts to what they are listening to or creating, in order to teach them to use the tools they already have more diversily. I feel this concept helps spark interest in musical styles that a student may not have even heard of, as well as casting dismissed genre in a new light.
I have worked for many years teaching, counseling and assisting students with their love and joy of music. During my teaching career I have also helped students with conflict resolution, coping skills, issues with and surrounding pride and culture, college selection, application processes, financing and preparation for college. I have taught a very diverse group of students, which has allowed me to learn various approaches to communicating and working with students from all walks of life. In addition, I have toured the world performing Jazz and other styles with various bands, taught upright and electric bass privately, and have released two CD’s of original compositions.
My style of teaching is very simple. I want to see you succeed and for you to be the best musicians they can be. I believe that as more passionate you are about your craft, more disciplined you will be. I will do my best to inspire and help you to find your passion for music.
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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.
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The benefits music lessons offer are endless. Not only will students develop a knowledge of music, but that knowledge will carry over into all areas of life. Students who study music have been shown to do better on math, science, and language tests. This knowledge of music also fosters an appreciation for the arts, which grows with understanding.
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Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
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 Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
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.
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