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Melissa M

Melissa M

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My method varies greatly depending on the student. I don't use method books with voice students, since the voice is so personal. I don't believe there's any such thing as a "one size fits all" method--lessons should be designed to meet the needs of the individual. I know that most voice teachers won’t teach kids younger than 12 or 13, and I also know that many parents are probably (rightly) suspicious of the teachers who do, for fear that they’ll hurt kids' young voices. When I work with children, however, I focus primarily on ear training and music theory, knowing that those skills will help them out so much more as adult musicians than prematurely trying to learn advanced techniques. In voices lessons with children, I limit my technique-talk to breathing and vowels. (Of course, for those kids who have no concept of what their head voice is, we work on that, too.) Other than that, we focus heavily on solfège, learning to read music, developing a sense of rhythm and internal pulse, and other musicianship skills. We also learn age-appropriate songs, of course. In lessons with young children, everything is play-based. I make learning experiences into games, and we move between activities quickly to accommodate the kids' attention spans and keep them engaged. I gradually shift my focus to technique and more advanced repertoire once the students reach middle school. For high school and adult voice students, we focus primarily on technique and learning repertoire. In an hour-long lesson, we might spend 15 or so minutes warming up and doing technique exercises, 10 or so minutes working on music theory, and the remainder of the lesson working on one or two songs or arias we've picked together. Our treatment of the songs will include learning the notes, rhythms, and pronunciation, working on technique, incorporating musicality and artistry, and practicing presentation/acting.  For piano students, I use a mixture of the Faber, Bastien, and Alfred methods, depending on the needs and preferences of the individual student.

Brittany C

Brittany C

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I'm a passionate and dedicated instructor who loves to help students find their inner voice and encourage their love of singing. In 2012, I graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Piano. Performing all genres of music has been a great experience for me and venturing into the opera world, while continuing to pursue my love for contemporary music, has been a thrilling experience. My greatest performance memory was when I performed and opened the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade two years in a row.

Khari S

Khari S

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It is ultimately the student's passion that will sustain a long, rewarding musical journey. So, I always keep the student's personal goals in mind, and I try to tailor the curriculum so that those goals are met. I see youthful energy and curiosity as things to be nourished, not suppressed. So, I encourage questions and comments. While I enter every lesson with a game-plan, I am always prepared to swerve onto a different path in an instant. I enjoy playing along with unexpected interruptions or digressions, because they allow me to better understand the student and learn what music is meaningful to them. Above all, I want my students to understand not only how something is done, but also why it's important. Discussion is a crucial part of thinking critically and understanding the "why," in music and in disciplines outside of music. Though I can be demanding, I'm careful to set realistic goals and make lessons fun.

Jackie K

Jackie K

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My teaching methods depend on the age and ability of the student. From younger students and beginners to older or more advanced students. For violin, I use my own tailored curriculum. I teaches basic scales, essential techniques to all levels, and various pieces of music depending on the student’s needs. I use Suzuki, Kayser, Hohmann, the Third Position, etc. and various concertos for advanced students. For piano, I use Alfred Piano course for beginners, and then use Hanon, Sonatine, and other piano pieces.

Erin F

Erin F

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I will typically begin with a Standard of Excellence book for their chosen instrument, as it offers not only the fundamentals of musical theory but also work for bands as well. With younger students especially, I always start with instructing the student on the basics of their instrument, such as the proper terminology, how the instrument actually produces sound, and proper maintenance. For children, I would encourage them to work towards recital performances and solo work, or to participate in bands. For adults, I would be flexible and open to what they would want out of the experience and encourage and guide them in their goals.

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