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Here are just a few of the many teachers offering Music lessons in Oconomowoc . Whether you are looking for beginner guitar lessons for your kids, or are an adult wanting to improve your skills, the instructors in our network are ready to help you now!
Instruments: Guitar Trumpet
My teaching style is very laid back and relaxed. As much as possible, I like lessons to be student driven. Allowing the student to take a measure of control over what they are learning, gives them a bit more ownership of and investment in their lessons. I have found this to keep students more interested and be more successful in their learning. That being said, I do help guide and steer the student, so that we are still able to accomplish the necessary theory and technique. Read More
Instruments: Drums Mallet Percussion Orchestral Percussion Conga Latin Percussion
I teach anything from Classical to rock to jazz to Metal and everything in between. My specialitesare as follows but are not limited to: Odd Time Signatures Snare coordination Music Theory and History Rudiments based instruction Writing and reading music Playing for the song Preparing youth for high school, college and beyond Teaching Experience: Teaching Drums privately in Madison and its suburbs, WI Feb 2008- Present Taught Drums at JB Music in Stoughton, WI Feb 2007- 2008 Taught Drums in Chicago, IL privately 2005-2007 Taught Drums and Bass at Berea Music in Berea, OH 2002-2004 Taught Drums Privately in Cleveland, Ohio area 1996-2005 Read More
Instruments: Guitar Flute
Ill have flute/guitar students learn current hits that they love and use them to teach improvisation. It all depends on the student. I teach songwriting. To that end, I may have the student come up with a hook, write a poem, or even an idea for a song about something that is meaningful to them. I help them form the melody, chord structures and song structures. Sometimes, its possible to record what the student has come up with. Read More
For beginning students under the age of 10, I start with the beginning John Thompson book. Depending on the type of music the students want to play I will instruct them on more advance lessons that I learned from. Practically all of my lessons are taught from the John Thompson book. Read More
Instruments: Guitar Bass Guitar
I like to keep things laid back, but at the same time challenging. I create my own custom tailored lesson material to fit each student's skill level, goals, and interests. Read More
I'm a young musician, and I have a strong believe in the importance of all forms of artistic expression. Above all, I understand that music, of all art forms, is integral to social and personal development. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in music in vocal performance in 2013, and in 2012, I had the amazing experience of studying under the renowned soprano, Delia Surratt, in Rome. In school, I also completed a theatre minor and was the musical director of my a cappella group, so I am familiar with many styles of singing. Read More
It is important to work on dinner strength and independent finger mobility. I will first judge your abilities with a couple exercises and determine what you can conquer easily to get you moving in the right direction. I want to see my students working on both technical exercises and songs they want to learn. Both rhythm or lead. Read More
What is your favorite style/genre of music to play and why?
I like almost all kinds of music, but I was born and raised on musical theatre and to this day that is what I'm most passionate about.
What does a normal practice session look like for you?
For 30 min: 10 min just to warm up. Nothing too loud, too high/low, or too strenuous. It can progressively get harder, but let yourself ease into this very physically demanding act. 10 min functional exercises - we work on finding the best exercises for you 10min of song work - if you do the warm up and functional part right, your voice should be in its best shape to sing songs
Do you use specific teaching methods or books? (Ex: Alfred, Bastion, Suzuki, Hal Leonard) Why did you choose them if you did?
for voice, I follow the principles of Somatic Voicework (sm). I use this philosophy because it's tangible. A lot of singing teachers use metaphors that might have worked for them but really mean nothing to most students. My methodology is based in vocal function, and every exercise is crafted with knowledge of the physiology of the body and getting the voice optimized to its peak performance.
What musical accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being on stage with the Houston Chamber Choir as we won a Grammy award was one of the coolest moments of my life! Being in that group was really special and taught me what it takes to make music at the highest level. Our follow up recording Circlesong will always hold a special place in my heart (Go check it out on Spotify!).
What do you think is the hardest thing to master on your instrument?
Committing to what it takes from the whole body. Singing isn't just about the throat - to be a truly great singer you have to take care of yourself. getting enough to eat, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, not abusing your voice in loud settings, and dedicating the time to physical practice all take some sacrifice in order to fully maximize the voice. But it is SO rewarding whenever you have full control over the gift inside of your mouth!
Why did you choose your primary instrument?
My mom tells me I've been singing since I was 18 months old, so I would say it chose me more than I chose it! I love to sing because it's so personal and so visceral - it's the only instrument where everyone can truly play it!
What advice do you have about practicing effectively?
Target your practice instead of just going through things again and again. It's more efficient to focus on practicing just the parts you need to improve on before putting it in context than it is to run through the motions over and over again and hope it gets better. That's a surefire way to wear yourself out without improving!
How do I know if my child is ready to start lessons?
If they can open a Zoom call/YouTube video by themselves and don't have trouble focusing, they are ready to start lessons.
When will I start to see results?
It depends on how much you (or your child) practices outside of lessons. I typically recommend practicing at least 3 days/week to start, but the more often you practice the more quickly you can expect results. For most people, there is usually a some improvement within 4-6 hrs of lessons, but the process of learning the fundamentals of singing usually takes around 2 years, and that can vary depending on your individual situation.
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