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My goal is to unleash the students' quest for beauty and creativity. I explain thoroughly the music that the student is working on and we practice together. For those who want to practice more at home, I provide clear guidelines. I have a special program for adult students who enjoy playing duet pieces together with me and works for two pianos.
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with The Accent on Achievement book series by John O'Reilly and Mark Williams. These books have helped me explain music notation in a clear, concise manner. My students have flourished because of this approach. A few of my students were accepted into performing arts high schools and became professional musicians because of this approach.
The first thing I do with a student usually is find out what his goals are in learning to play guitar and what he wants to do and what kind of music he likes. From there I start going over some of the basic terminology as that is a very vital and crucial part understanding music in general and it will definitely make a huge difference later on as he's learning guitar. Then from there I see what the student actually needs to do first according to where he is at. On learning guitar, what is focused on depends on what each student may have struggles in playing, so we would focus on those things but also strengthen the strong points. Even for beginners some are strong in certain areas and weak in other areas. I use the time that we have together very wisely and ensure that I don't leave the lesson with you confused about anything at all ever! That's my number one policy; to ensure that the student understands everything that we went over before I leave.
The break down for each instrument I teach: For beginning children violin/viola students, I combine Mimi Zweig's IU String Academy method with Suzuki School training. However, I add in my own emphasis on ten minutes set aside in every lesson for learning to read notes, and for theory and ear training (Yes, even at 6 years old! We work on hearing intervals and naming them). For beginning children piano students I use Dozen a Day, Bastien, Suzuki, and my own method. Children will learn scales right away from an early age, but will also play fun songs. If my students are young, I incorporate educational games into the lesson specifically for keeping focus. For adult students or teenagers, I tailor more to their needs and individual personalities and requests. This often includes more complex pieces, some Scottish fiddling, and lots of etudes for technique building!
In addition to drum set, I also teach djembe (West African), bodhran (Celtic), doumbek (Middle Eastern) and conga (Afro-Cuban). My favorite thing about teaching is watching students develop into creative musicians and finding their own voice. My playing and teaching has always been based in tradition, but not bound by it. I have found that keeping a relaxed, fun atmosphere during lessons allows students to learn at their own pace. When the student is relaxed learning is fun, easier and they progress in natural way.
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Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
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 Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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 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 Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
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.
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