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Drumset: Realistic Rock (Appice), Advanced Funk Studies (Latham), Contemporary Drumset Technique (Latham), Drumset Independence and Syncopation (Black), Syncopation (Reed), Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming (Rondinelli). Percussion:Fundamental Studies for Snare Drum (Whaley), Intermediate Snare Studies and Advanced Snare Studies (Peters), Stick Control (Stone), Instruction Course for Xylophone (Green), Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani (Carroll). Piano: Alfred Little Mozart Series, Alfred All in One Series, Keyboard Strategies for the Later Beginner (Stecher), Hannon. Violin/Viola: Strictly Strings book 1, Suzuki Method books 2 and beyond.
More than anything else, I encourage my students to think critically about what's going on in their music and their instruments at all times. To that end, I teach quite a bit more than good playing technique. I introduce music theory immediately, as I believe it is critical to understand the underpinnings of the repertoire - music theory is not strictly speaking a science, nor does it have a lot to do with math (despite the popular image of it), but it does help bring to bear the analytical mindset of those other disciplines to a field that is otherwise a complete mystery. I also teach the relevant anatomy to my older students - the circulatory system (especially the lungs), the muscles in the face, and other traits of physiology is good to keep in mind for a brass player. In the end, however, the goal is for all of this knowledge to become second nature in its execution, just like talking or playing a sport.
My focus is on the individual student- I evaluate the needs and goals of my students and taylor my lessons to achieve those goals. Vocally, being a professional singer, I have a firm foundation in vocal pedagogy, so I can sing vocal jazz and rock music, as well as show tunes and operatic arias without hurting my voice. MyBoth my instrumental and vocal students have fun, but work hard and learn lots! All learning styles are welcome, so even if you are a dedicated shower singer or believe you can't stay on key, lets see what we can do together!
For beginning students that are children Inuse FJH Everybody's method book for guitar. For piano, I use My Piano Adventures series. For drums, I personally write the curriculum. All of my students also learn music theory to better them as a musician.
I like to first access the student and their proficiency level. Once I discover your weak points I focus on them and drill them to perfection. Once we have those down. Of course it takes much practice on your part at home alone, then we can move onto actual music and integrating all the skills you learned naturally into harmonious music.--There is no set way to my teaching style because every student is different and must be addressed with their own distinct methods and styles of learning. -I do not teach in the way schools teach their subjects such as history or math. -I learn the student before I can teach the student based off how they live, interact, and learn.
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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 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 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 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 Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
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 Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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."
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