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For beginning piano students, I use the method books from Faber's Piano Adventures series. If the student gets bored with one method book, I will mostly likely top it off with something else from Alfred. I stress mostly on counting proper rhythm, learning alphabets, and finger numbers for early age groups. For intermediate students, I would expect students to already be able to read music aside from the rhythm challenges. I will move on from where the student last left off from his/her former piano/voice teacher. Aside from Faber and Alfred, I also have Bastien method books that I have taught from during my decade of piano teaching experience. Of course, these aren't the only method books I have come to uncover. As for voice, I have a set of vocal warm up scales from major and minor scales and patterns that my own former voice teacher has provided me. I am very familiar with all the warm up techniques as well as breathing and how warming up techniques need to closely connect with the breathing. Since I have performed in recitals and sung over the grand piano in a church, I will be able to guide beginning students at least with how to establish a certain type of singing voice.
I create custom lessons plans for each of my students, both on piano and voice. For piano, we spend the first few lessons getting to know the instrument before moving on to repertoire. For voice, we learn the basics of breath and vowel, often incorporating Alexander and Andover/Body Mapping techniques. I teach music as a language, focusing on both reading notes and learning by ear. As students progress in lessons, they learn to read music, improvise, and arrange their own songs all while having a good time!
My teaching experience began as a college student. I taught privately and later after getting my certification with the state of California I taught for 10 years as an instrumental music instructor with the Clovis Unified School District near Fresno. After that I moved to Los Angeles and taught for 14 years in that capacity with the South Whittier Schools. I am familiar with a variety of musical styles and like to vary my instruction to both classical and mariachi as well as others listed above. I have an expertise in fiddling and have performed with bluegrass bands since being in high school. I also have a history of performing mariachi music with the famous band Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. I enjoy teaching this to my students as well as American music with the method books of Mark O'Connor with whom I have worked on several occasions. Learning these styles if fun! I have also taught piano at the elementary and intermediate levels as well at the Piano Place Music and Arts Center in Westminster. I love teaching and my goal is always to inspire students to do their best and have a great time. I am looking to teach new students of all ages!
My lessons are based on a transfer of enthusiasm. When I get my students to hear what I hear and feel what I feel, there's nothing more rewarding! I pride myself in the fact that ALL my students that started with "package" or "trial" lessons renewed! Their goals are my goals and we work together to achieve them at a pace I can assess by their progress. Again, I don't teach music, I teach how to play the instrument, big difference, greater results! As a former student myself, my interest waned when I wasn't being taught songs early on...so I teach them songs that they enjoy that are in their "wheelhouse" and build on that. I'm also a lead singer, so I sing the songs we play, giving them the "band experience" early on, which delights them to no end, because that's what they want to be; elation ensues!!!!
I'm a passionate and motivated musician eager to perform and teach. I'm currently pursuing my Master's in Music degree in Percussion Performance from CSU Fullerton and have earned my Bachelor's in Music from the UC Irvine, along with getting my Associate's from Chabot College. I've had the opportunity during my undergraduate career to work with well known names such as Frank Ticheli and Pat Sheridan. I currently study percussion, but I play many other instruments including violin, guitar, and bass. My style is mainly classical/orchestral, but I'm also experienced in jazz, rock, and reggae. I love to perform, and I also enjoy teaching students from when they're first starting how to read and play music to continuing to get better as musicians.
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Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
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 Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
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 James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
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