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I use my own methods which I have developed over time and have used successfully with hundreds of students. I also employ method and technique books tailored to the individual student's needs and skill levels.
My teaching experience began at age 18 after being approached to do so. I taught off and on throughout college and began seeing students regularly once I was working as a professional musician. Whether in the Boston area or Las Vegas, where I am currently based, I have always had a private drum studio where I meet with students on a weekly basis for private instruction. In Massachussetts, I was the principle drum instructor at a Montessori Elementary School and a drum instructor at a music shop, both for several years. There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing a young eager drummer come into my studio, wanting to learn whatever they can, aborbing everything I have to teach them. Watching my students grow, giving them various tools to work with and catering to their interests within music, is extremely rewarding. I see progress in student I have and I will continue to foster their talents to the best of my ability for as long as I can. This is my way of giving back to the present and future drumming community.
As previously mentioned, i do believe in the saying that the best you can do is good enough. I expect students to practice equal to the amount they wish to improve. How quickly or slowly someone grows on their instrument is often a simple result of time spent working. But making music is incredibly fun and i make every effort to keep the time spent doing the study fun. For the drums i tend to buy into the philosophy that playing a first complete rhythm on the drumset as soon as possible, regardless of how basic it may be is important for keeping a student motivated. Although i have taught many students the way i learned which was only on one drum for the first few months to focus on rudiments (the fundamentals of drumming) as well as the skills of reading music and the various parts that make up good technique. A couple of my tried and true favorite books to teach from are: Beginner: Haskell Harr Drum Method and Alfred's Drum Method Intermediate: New Breed by Gary Chester, Stick Control, and the classic Progressive Steps to Syncopation by Ted Reed Advanced: Advanced Funk Studies by Rick Latham, Patterns by Gary Chaffee and Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer by Jim Chapin
I truly enjoy seeing a student progress and find a passion for playing music. Depending on a student's learning style and speed, my methods of teaching will change. Some students will want to be challenged, and I can take things very rapidly or focus on weaknesses and slow things down based on a student's skill level. There are so many ways to teach teach a student, and I am not subject to only one of those teaching styles. However, a student must want to learn in order to make progress on his or her instrument.
I have been teaching private guitar lessons for 5 years now. I currently teach piano as well, to kids from kindergarten to fifth grade, in a group setting as part of an after school program called ipiano lab as well as private lessons. I also teach guitar and music theory at the Nevada Art Academy in Las Vegas.
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Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
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 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 Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
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