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I"ve been teaching professionally for about 3 years now, but I've been in front of students for the past 10 years. Wether it be in a sunday School class or a daycare teaching ABC's, teaching has always been my passion. Nothing is more satisfying than when a student understands and LOVES the subject matter, especially in the music arena.
Every student is different, but all students need to be motivated and inspired. I try to find the right “buttons” for each individual to help them become excited about learning their instrument. I approach my teaching with enthusiasm, patience and realistic but high expectations. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe and be able to make mistakes without fear or embarrassment. Music is supposed to bring joy, not stress. Some teachers create a stressful environment for their students and I believe that is not the proper way to create a passionate musician. I certainly don’t expect all of my students to become professional musicians, but I do believe that music is something they should be able to enjoy for their entire lives.
I love teaching people music, regardless of age or prior experience. I graduated from Arizona State University with Bchelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition, and from the University of Illinois witha Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition. I also completed course work on a DMA at the U of I. I have performed locally and nationally as a bassist for Alison Krauss, Vassar Clements, Harley Allen, and Charlie Sizemore. I've had my songs played on national TV and at awards shows. I currently teach music at a private Academy in Nashville during the morning and love working with the students to develope their technical as well as musical abilities. I have a home studio where I keep all my instruments, guitars, basses, piano, trumpet and percussion instruments. Having traveled and played extensively in both the US and Canada, I have been fortunate to meet many different people of various backgrounds, and cultures, and consequently share my music with them.
I was raised in a musical home in New York City suburbia. Therefore, I was constantly surrounded by the sound of music. My parents were classical violinists and my older brother and I quickly developed a love for making music. I want my students to love it as much as I did when I started studying it. When I was five, I began classical piano studies with Elena Belli at Manhattan School of Music. In 2013, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in songwriting. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to perform at some of the world's most prestigious concert halls alongside Grammy award recipients on several occasions. When I was fourteen, I performed solo at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. While I was in college, I had the opportunity to share my voice at Symphony Hall, Fenway Park, and Berklee Performance Center. The crowning moment of my Berklee career was when I shared the stage with Berklee's honorary doctorates, Willie Nelson, Carole King, and Annie Lennox, and of course, my unbelievably talented graduating class at Agganis Arena. I hope to continue on this musical journey and share my knowledge with the dreamers of dreams like myself.
I emphasize short regular practice sessions when first starting to get your hands to adapt as quickly as possible. Have fun and be patient! Chords are introduced with fretboard exercises to enhance dexterity, build finger toughness, and hone economy of motion. The next step is choosing a song and applying what you've learned. The basic elements of music - rhythm and timing, are emphasized and gradually built on with more demanding pieces. Through this the student learns to play chords, play melodies, and play in time. Fretboard knowledge, improvisation, and music theory are later used to expand on these fundamentals.
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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.
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Musika offers an annual performance opportunity for all students through our spring recitals in May and June. Recitals are a great chance for young students to perform for the first time, more experienced students to show their skills, and even for adults to show their love of music! Musika students perform most often on piano and guitar, but we also have many singers, violinists, and even drummers - every instrument and style is welcome.
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 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 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 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 Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
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