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I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Musical Arts at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where I study flute with internationally-acclaimed soloist, Marina Piccinini. Before coming to Peabody I studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris as well as at l'académie international d'été in Nice, France. Further work was with Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist Emmanuel Pahud at the Domaine Forget International Academy. I previously earned degrees both at Peabody as well Oberlin College/Conservatory and have been teaching as a TA and Private teacher since my undergraduate years - working with students is really where it's at for me! I have always maintained wide-ranging and diverse teaching studios that include both flute and piano students of all ages and experience levels! Seeing that witnessing live concerts is such an integral part of the learning experience I always try to send my students information about upcoming concerts in the area and have recently been named Co-Artistic Director of the Light Street Chamber Players in Baltimore where I can provide my students with tickets and opportunities to be involved in classical music.
I am a skilled and passionate instructor, composer, pianist, and organist as well as a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Initially self-taught on the piano, I had my first experience with lessons on the organ thanks to the charity of Dr. Marcus St. Julien, and I want to pass that spirit of mentoring on to every student I meet. I am experienced in and passionate about all kinds of classical music, ranging from Bach to Beethoven to Ravel, Prokofiev, and Schoenberg, and I also have a background in jazz and pop music.
Though I have been teaching for over 16 years, I am far from feeling like a burn-out. In fact, the more I teach, the more intrigued I become with the learning process, and I am constantly re-tooling my approach in order to help my students learn more effectiively. I LOVE teaching, and I have chosen to teach privately because I enjoy the one-to-one interactions with my students. I can actually get to know each of my students, and I use my knowledge of each new student's goals, temperament, age and learning style to tailor each lesson. I studied music education, I needed training if I was going to understand how to pass on the skills I've acquired. I graduated from Otterbein College in Columbus, OH in 1996, and I have been teaching privately ever since. I love to help students discover how they learn best, and rejoice with them as they master a particularly challenging passage, or access a new genre.
I am a huge music enthusiast, and love almost every discipline from classical to pop. I am primarily a classical pianist, and I have been taking lessons for about 10 years from an adjunct professor at Tulane University, but I also enjoy playing jazz/blues and pop. In addition to playing, I compose many of my own piano pieces, as well as create arrangements of popular songs and produce music electronically. My musical education at Tulane University includes music theory, advanced harmony, jazz theory, choir, and music digital sound processing.
I am a recent graduate of the LSU percussion studio. I have spent the last four years becoming a trained musician and learning how to pass on my skills to others. I have played with Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and Percussion Ensembles. I often play classical percussion (usually timpani) around town with Universities or Churches. Outside of that, I am currently playing synthesizer, singing saw, and multi-percussion in a rock band about to release its debut album. I am also in the process of starting a country-western project and I am always working on my solo avant-garde projects. I believe it is essential to every musician to try to expand the amount of styles and genres in the repertoire.
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Music helps develop a well rounded person. As a result of taking lessons, students develop a deeper appreciation of many types of music and the arts in general. Additionally, it has been proven that they also tend to score higher on language, maths, and science tests.
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Live performing is a great asset to any musician. Musika offers recitals every year in the Spring where students of all ages and levels can come together to show off their hard work! Teachers help the students to choose and prepare their material, and Musika provides the venue and a piano accompanist if the student should need one.
Review by Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
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 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.
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 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 Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
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 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 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!!
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