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I began teaching formally not too long ago; however, what I have done has turned good results. I taught for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in multiple classrooms incorporating music into regular academics. I also privately instructed from my home for a period of time in Phoenix, AZ. I also directed a small chorus for youth so they could participate in the annual Leadership Training for Christ (Southwest) convention in Tuscon, AZ, for which they earned a Silver medal. Teaching, in my opinion, is what I was created to do. I believe that there are many great people in history who would not have made it to greatness if they didn't have a great teacher behind them.
Depending on my analysis of a, diagnostic, first lesson, I would assign a method book that is appropriate to the students needs. I have worked with many different method books, but the Essential Elements books are valuable because of the audio CD that is included with the books. The CD allows the student to play along with a recorded instrument which is valuable for beginning students when they practice at home away from the instructor. I introduce scales early in lessons. I not only teach traditional scale performance, I teach the mathematical and emotional significance of scales and intervals. As a student's proficiency progresses, I introduce solo repertoire and encourage recording of solos through Smart Music software. This becomes a milestone in a student's development, as it rekindles interest through technology and creates excitement about professional musicianship. As students become increasingly proficient, advanced method books are introduced.
I began teaching private lessons in high school. I would have middle schoolers meet me at the high school and teach from there. I fell in love with teaching at that point. I found that the feeling of seeing/hearing a student succeed at their instrument makes me incredibly happy!!! I have taught anywhere from classical/instrumental to country/hip hop. I also like to make sure my students are having fun. If there is no fun in our lesson, I fail as a teacher!!! I encourage my students to perform live and also with songwiriting. I'm always looking to bring on new students!!
Each student is unique and I provide a variety of options of piano methods and regiments. For younger students I start with the Faber and Faber piano series. This collection includes technique, theory and performance works. As students develop their craft and become more advanced I introduce works from various method books from a variety of musical genres. By mixing in folk, pop, and jazz pieces, the students are able to apply newly learned techniques to a variety of styles of music. Students are encouraged to create a wishlist of pieces they would like to learn, and I am more than happy to assist them in finding music and assisting with the learning process. For more advanced students I primarily choose from masterwork collections including pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, etc. while including more modern solo works from composers such as Melody Bober, Dan Coates and many more. Lastly, I try to find music appropriate for current holidays such as Christmas and Independence Day if the student desires.
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Studying music facilitates learning in other subjects such as math and English, helps promote language development, and can even possibly result in increased IQ! Musical activity can also involve a high level of hand-eye coordination and can improve a student's spatial temporal skills while giving them a skill they can have for the rest of their lives. It's important to remember that the biggest benefit of studying music is the development of a lifetime love of diverse types of music.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
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 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 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 Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
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