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Lessons consist of scales, etudes, solos and anything else the student is interested in.
My personal teaching experience was during my time in college. I led sectionals for the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble trumpet section. I have also given private lessons to new students that were wanting to be a part of the bands at Chadron State College. I taught them basic things that any incoming student should start working on, such as double-tounging techniques, working on tone quality, scales, etc.
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.
In beginning students, it's always important to start out working with a methods book; they're a great starting and reference point. Additionally, we'll need a second book of excerpts and exercises for consistency. The specific book that we'll work out of depends on what sorts of music you like: classical, jazz, pop, music theatre, and so on. Even from the onset, you should make the kinds of music, style, and sounds you like the most. As the fundamental skill set (tone, technique, strength, etc) is built, we'll slowly include more solo works to develop a performable repetoire. This applies to all ages; regardless of your ability level, you need to be practicing the fundamentals of the instrument, as well as the fundamentals of music (making a joyful noise!), and finally the fundamentals of performance practice (learning & practicing effecting performance).
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Many parents start their children with music lessons to enrich their lives and give them a fun activity outside of school. Music is a great outlet for students of all ages because it challenges both the mind and the body. Many studies have been conducted suggest music can improved test scores in math and science, and can also promote improved language development in young children. The biggest benefit of studying music is that it lays a foundation for a lifetime appreciation of music!
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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.
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Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
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 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 Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
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 Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
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