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Through the years, I have built a vocal technique from the ground up which has allowed me to teach and guide students in their own journey in singing. My method is based upon the traditions of Italian bel canto technique which will provide you a vocal foundation in any genre you wish to sing. The learning of this technique will develop beauty, range, resonance, breath control, flexibility, and freedom in your voice.
As previously stated, my teaching style is a proper balance of positive encouragement and personal accountability. I always keep my lessons moving forward in order to take advantage of all time allotted. Within this framework, I enjoy a casual back-and-forth with my students to keep things friendly. I am always amazed at how much I learn from my students in lessons and I believe treating them as contributors to the lesson allows them to connect personally to what they are doing. I also push my students in each lesson and require regular practice. If it is evident that a student is not, it will be addressed and alternative ways to motivate the student will be attempted. Born and raised in Annapolis, I took advantage of many programs, competitions and ensembles in the area. As a teacher, I look forward to ushering my students towards these same opportunities to show them how much fun music can be.
For students just starting out the focus is always on the fundamentals. Hal Leonard has some great Essential Elements books. When students show progress with these types of instruction manuals we'll usually jump to specific pieces of music that focus on the elements that we learned about in our method books. Lessons are tailored to the student and his or her needs and goals. All students aren't shooting to play at Carnegie Hall or tour the World. Some of my students just want to be able to learn a song from the radio whenever they want. I'm happy to teach them all the fundamentals so that that is not only possible but fun.
GROUNDED ON A SOUND, MULTI-FACETED, ALL-AROUND FOUNDATION. Like any subject of learning, music study should be rooted in a solid foundation. I strive to address all areas of piano techniques and major stylistic periods as well as various aspects of the basic musicianship. ADAPTABLE TO INDIVIDUAL TALENTS AND NEEDS. As students become more established and self-assured in their skills and knowledge, I guide them through an ongoing process of searching for their unique “piano voice” and finding their own particular interests and strengths. I passionately believe that everyone is naturally and profoundly musical in her own right, and yearns, in his own way, for a life enriched with the beauty of music. My deepest reward comes from unlocking that special gift and nurturing it to grow, blossom and thrive. ABUNDANTLY PLEASURABLE AND FULFILLING. I believe that learning should be intrinsically rewarding, productive, and immensely enjoyable. Sensitivity to my students’ contentment and comfort remains the top of my priority as their teacher. FULL OF SUPPORT AND ENGAGEMENT. I maintain a studio that is dynamic and engaging, thoughtful and caring. As I tailor my teaching style to each student’s unique personality and strengths, he/she can learn with natural ease and confidence. I strive to create for every lesson a lively and nurturing environment where my students can enjoy a positive learning experience. We play, sing, and laugh! ATTENTIVE TO THE ARTISTRY OF PERFORMANCE. Music is, inherently, a performing art, a poetic mode of expression and communication. Thus I firmly believe that all pianists, including professionals, enthusiasts, and novices, not only benefit and grow from the experience of public performances but also deserve such opportunities to play for others and be listened to. I challenge and encourage all my students to participate in semi-annual studio recitals and make the preparation an integral part of my teaching. I am enormously gratified to see my students, having overcome their shyness and reserve, invariably come to enjoy and appreciate the deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction they are rewarded with following each single performance.
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with all age students and sharing my love of music. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Hoseo University in Korea. In addition, I achieved a certificate from the Amadeus Piano Class. The Amadeus Piano Class was a program designed to focus on children’s growth and advancement in music. It showed how fun and easy it was to play the piano. I am an active member of the Northern Virginia Annandale Symphonic Orchestra which allows me to express my passion for music.
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In many ways adult learners have an advantage over young students. Adults have better self-discipline with regards to practice, are more patient, and have higher levels of concentration. This allows them to develop the basic skills at a reasonably quick rate. Learning the piano is also a great way of remaining mentally active during adulthood, and helps students to improve their hand-eye co-ordination and develop a critical ear. Learning to play the piano in adulthood can be beneficial health-wise, is a great way of harnessing creativity and stimulating the brain and it can be immensely satisfying when achieving set goals.
Most students start out by learning to play on a keyboard or digital piano. The most reputable keyboards brands are Yamaha, Roland and Casio, and can be purchased from most good music instrument retailers. Students should look to buy a keyboard with 88 weighted keys, as this will most resemble the playability of a real piano. At a minimum, 61 keys will suffice for most songs and practice. Keyboards are portable and can be played with headphones, making them highly convenient for practice. That said, if it is within your means to buy an acoustic piano, it will provide the best learning experience.
Learning to play the piano as a child is fun, rewarding, and vastly beneficial to their overall development. Children can develop their motor-skills, dexterity, and coordination through technical piano playing such as learning scales, chords, and correct fingering. Young students can also develop their concentration, listening skills, and ability to master complex thought processes through theory, repertoire, and student-teacher feedback. Learning to play the piano can also be character building by instilling a hard-working attitude, developing self-discipline and confidence through practice, taking exams, entering competitions or performing recitals.
Musika's piano lessons take place in a one-on-one setting and are customized to the requirements of each individual student. Students vary in ability from beginner to advanced, and naturally have different lesson requirements for each stage of their development. Put broadly, beginners will cover aspects of piano playing such as posture, hand positions, fingering technique, scales, chords, and applying these things to simple songs. They will also start to develop their knowledge of music theory, reading chord charts, and sheet music. Intermediate players will start to take these concepts further, by learning different chord variations, such as diminished, augments, slash, and 7th chords, as well as improving their speed and playing more complex compositions. Advanced students can develop playing skills such as glissando, improvisation, and virtuosic playing. They may also like to study a specific genre like Jazz or Blues piano.
Musika offers piano lessons in the comfort of your home. Provided you have a piano or keyboard to practice on, you have everything needed to start learning straight from home! Taking lessons in the home is a great way to save time and money traveling to your piano lessons. There is no difference in the content of the lessons, whether they take place at home or in the studio. Home piano lessons are a particularly good option for younger students. It is a big advantage for young students to learn in a familiar, comfortable, and supportive environment.
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 Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
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 Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
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 Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
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