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Lessons consist of scales, etudes, solos and anything else the student is interested in.
Being able to memorize a technical study is always a great accomplishment for any student. During my lessons I prefer to end the lesson with a set goal for next time, such as getting all Major/Minor scales perfected or getting a certain segment of a composition completed. Also if there is any specific area of study the student would like to work on during lessons, I am more than happy to work on a different aspect of trumpet playing in order to meet their needs.
I think of teaching as a special way of mentoring others. By creating a positive and productive learning environment, it is my intention to provide my students with knowledge and skills that can be used for years to come. Overcoming challenges with the help of mentors is important to the growth of a musician and I intend to direct others to achieving their goals just as I have been guided. Music is a means of individual expression and to help others actualize this experience is an honor and a privilege. I believe that nurturing others and helping them create music can be extremely fulfilling, rewarding both student and teacher. Teaching, to me, is to help students learn not only the basics of music but also the correct ways to create music: using one’s body to work with their instrument, not against. Equipped with the knowledge of how to effectively produce music in a healthy way, my students will have the potential to enjoy creating music in many forms and will have a heightened understanding and appreciation of the art. I consider a learning environment centered on respect, honesty, and communication essential to building a relationship with another in order to produce the groundwork for successful results. I believe it is crucial to respect the student for his or her individuality, ability, talent, and goals, and if these things are provided, the student will have reason to respect the teacher. Honesty is one of the most important things a relationship needs to succeeds: a student should be able to know that his or her teacher will always be direct and can be trusted with his or her success. Additionally, communication is vital to a solid relationship with others; with direct and clear interactions, there is little room left for confusion, which can lead to frustration. While these things are important for a successful student/teacher relationship to exist, the most important aspect of successful teaching is for both student and teacher to bond over a shared passion and love of music. It is with these beliefs that I intend to be the best teacher I can be for my students.
I've been blessed to have a very diverse variety of music and teaching job experiences. I began teaching private lessons as a Middle School Music Mentor with the Lied Center for Performing arts for LPS students my first year of University. Since then, I've also worked as a Visual and Music Tech for Lincoln High School's marching band, judged the Links Marching Band Contest, worked as a substitute Para Educator in Special Education in the middle, high school, and vocational school settings, and was the Music Director for the 2014 Penguin Project production of Annie Jr., the winner of a Mayor's Arts Award for that year. My teaching philosophy is centered around creating a love for music and the skills to pursue individual musical interests effectively. The goal is to become a "musician", not just learn the rudiments of playing an instrument or singing properly. Thus, I include a lot of focus on expressive musicality - even early on - as well as a deliberate and purposeful inclusion of history, culture, and related topics; even some psychology! Learning music is a process of mentorship and exploration, and that's how I like to teach.
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Students taking lessons will have the chance to share their new found skills with family and friends at one of our various recital locations. Performing for a live audience enhances the student's excitement and joy for playing. Performers include a wide range of Musika's students from beginners to advanced, and ages 4 through adult.
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.
Everyone has a busy schedule these days. With the option of in home lessons from Musika, we allow you to add studying an instrument into your day without the hassle of traveling to another place! In home lessons allow you to study in the comfort and security of your own home. This is a great option for both busy children and adults.
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Musika offers a introductory trial lesson to every student! This lesson gives you the opportunity to meet with your teacher and discuss your lessons with no obligation. If for any reason you are not satisfied we will not charge you for this, and would be happy to match you with another teacher if you would like.
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
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 Leslyn
Steve is an excellent instructor. My son has really connected with him and he is learning the guitar quickly. Steve is patient and never rushes through a lesson in order to make it fit within the session time limit. In addition, before he leaves, he writes notes and instructions for my son to follow. By the next lesson, my son is confident in what Steve has taught him. Most importantly, Steve builds my son's confidence in his own own ability and progress after each lesson.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
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 Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
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 ;)
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