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Teaching and learning truly can make our world a better place. I have always loved learning, and becoming a teacher was the only option for me. I began giving private lessons in college, then took a wonderful full-time teaching job at Pensacola Catholic High School. There I taught Music Appreciation and Pep-Band for one year. Being a Navy Wife meant I had to give up that job, so my husband and I moved to San Diego where I am now able to teach students throughout the city. I make sure that by the end of every lesson, my students have made improvements on their instrument and are motivated to practice throughout the week. What a beautiful experience it is to see my students have fun while learning.
I consider myself to be very professional. I love to please my students in not only teaching the necessary skills to execute the instrument but also encouraging them to play the songs and genres of their choice when applicable. I am a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Bachelor in Film Scoring Major and a Minor in Piano Performance and Vocal Technique. My experience lies as a piano and background vocal performer for many of the great Salsa and Latin Jazz artist as Luis Enrique, Gilberto Santarosa, Ismael Miranda, Andy Montanez, Tito Rojas, Frankie Negron, Issac Delgado, Michel Stuart, Melina Leon, N’KLABE, NG2, Chocolate Almenteros, Charlie Sepulveda, Humberto Ramirez, Elias Lopez, Luis Perico Ortiz, and many others.
I believe learning music is an enjoyable experience. Students should have fun playing piano, but it is also important that they learn the necessary techniques while playing piano. My goal is to help individuals who are not interested in playing piano and teach them to enjoy playing music As for those who like playing piano, my goal is to teach and go in-depth about the background behind a piano piece; most important of all, to teach students to learn music in a fun and relaxed way. I Love Music and Children, its important to inspire student to play their music in a fun and enjoyable way. Teaching is my passion, helping students to achieve with what they want and need, is my goal.
I believe my teaching style reflects my passion for music. I am an energetic and patient teacher. Your needs will be addressed in a creative, humorous, original, and supportive way. I don't believe in teaching through fear or intimidation. Learning to play an instrument should be fun. With me, it will be. Do not be afraid of trying, because you will never play if you do not try! Give it a shot, lets get inspired, and do something great! The greatest reward I could ever receive is watching a student grow and succeed.
From the time I started myself in piano to the time I graduated from a conservatory of Music - I had worked with a total of nine piano teachers in seventeen years. Of these teachers - one was stellar, one was horrid, and the rest fell somewhere in between. That experience taught me what works well and what doesn't in teaching others and inspiring them to excel. The pedagogy program at my conservatory also gave me hands-on training and kick-start ed my teaching career in San Francisco. From there I fell in love with teaching as a way to inspire people to meet and exceed their musical goals.
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"We have many adult students taking lessons with us. Whether you have studied music as a child, or are wanting to learn a new skill, music lessons are a great avenue to go with! Not only do they keep you young and energized, but our teachers are also able to relate to you and instruct you in a way you can understand."
For the sake of lessons and practice, a keyboard is often a much more viable option than buying a piano. Pianos are space consuming and expensive, as well as being very loud. Keyboards are perfect, especially for beginners, as they are more diverse in their functionality. Most keyboards come with a range of different sounds and effects (FX), such as chorus, reverb, and synthesizer sounds. Another great feature common to many keyboards is a record function. This allows students to hear things back after they have played them, such as practicing scales... or to record ideas they are composing!
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons in your home - a smart and simple solution for busy parents and students, who may be looking to save time by not traveling to and from instruction. You can maximize the benefits of your busy schedule, while learning in a familiar environment.
As piano lessons are customized to the needs of each individual student, we are able to better help you to achieve your goals. Beginning students may just want to learn an instrument out of interest and for fun, so the basics will be covered to get you up and running. This tends to include music theory and technical exercises, such as hand position, fingering, and playing scales and chords. Intermediate students may be working towards an exam, recital or performance, so will cover playing, performance and stylistic techniques such as legato, staccato, glissando, sight reading, working on speed, runs, fills, and solos. Other topics that may be covered in your piano lessons are things like expanding your repertoire, developing improvisation and jamming skills, and studying the various types of genre-based playing techniques and styles, such as Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, Rock, or Classical piano.
Due to the attention span of very young children, we advise that students begin their piano lessons no younger than age 4 or 5. Piano lessons are a great way to introduce an instrument for the first time to a younger child. Learning piano will teach them basic musical skills such as rhythm and harmony, as well as how to read sheet music and chords.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
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 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 Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
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