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Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Library - Lesson and Theory books Hanon Exercises Bastien's Begginer Classical Collection Flute: Taffanel and Gaubert's Exercise Journal 40 Little Pieces for Flute Alfred's Flute Introduction Method
I love developing a strong personal relationship with my students throughout our time of learning. I have come through many lessons throughout my high school and college career where lessons were not fun. I want to make it as fun and productive as possible for the student, the student's parents (if they're sitting in on lessons), and love recaping the last couple minutes of the lesson. I love using metaphors and real-life situations and experiences for students to grasp a particular "problem spot" in a passage of music. This helps the student to get a visual advantage in order to grasp the problem and create solutions to them.
Every singer has a unique voice, and therefore every student must have a unique vocal plan of action tailored to fit their voice and personality. To this end, my goal is to always encourage the student's natural voice by applying a healthy and solid technique through a relaxed larynx, free and steady airflow, and active yet elastic support. The larynx should never be put under undue amounts of stress, and to achieve this, I believe in involving the abdomen, back, and sides to support the sound. The result is a warmer, more beautiful sound and a healthy singer. Other technique basics I teach include and open jaw, raised soft palate, and erect yet relaxed posture. I believe in choosing repertoire for the student that they enjoy singing and that will aid the student's current vocal progress. If the student loves singing the pieces, they will practice more and develop their voice faster! For my young piano students, we start with the John Thompson Easiest Piano Course. We begin by identifying the notes on the keyboard and very simple rhythms then slowly integrating the notes on the keyboard with the written notes on the staff, building up from middle C. For my adult students, we learn from Alfred's Basic Adult Piano course. However, if the student has already found a course they enjoy and feel comfortable with, I am always flexible with the required materials. The most important thing is always finding what method works best for the pupil, tailoring the lessons to suit the pupil's needs, and making learning piano fun!
Yes for teaching piano I use Nancy and Randall Faber's books. I have used all of them. For guitar and mandolin I generally do not use a "book". As the lessons progress I might introduce a book if that is what is called for. All orchestral instruments call for the structure of a book and I augment that with my own explanations. This is true for all ages of learners. For singing, at first, I concentrate of vocal formation and physical posture before and songs are introduced. Then we choose music that the learner is excited about. Fun is always the important aspect.
My first teaching experience was out of necessity. I resisted the concept of being a teacher. Not because I hated teaching, but because I had other things I was trying to accomplish. Yet, time and again I would be involved with a theatrical production that required the actors I was working with to play drums. So it was up to me to teach. I found a natural connection with people who were just starting out on drums. For me, playing the drums did not come easily or quickly. I remember the struggles I faced as a beginner. I want my students to avoid this. We will all struggle at some point in our musical journey, this is the nature of learning. What I do best is help students past that particularly rough time of just starting out on a musical instrument. I help the student find their LOVE for playing. Once you LOVE playing your instrument, you will never stop playing and you will not view practicing as a bothersome task to get done, but rather, it will feel like a deep desire to play.
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Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
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 Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
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 ;)
Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
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