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I like to collaborate with the student to learn what songs they desire to know how to play and acknowlede their achievement when they can play the song that they worked so hard to learn. It is rewarding to me to see a student learn a new concept and watch as they realize when that musical thought makes sense! I want every student of mine to feel comfortable asking questions when something does not make sense and I am always prepared to explain a concept in various ways so that all learning styles can understand. I encourage students to practice every day, strive to inspire them to play songs they like and prepare them for performing in front of an audience if they so desire.
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I attained my M. Ed. in leadership and supervision at Antioch University. There I learned how better apply my teaching methods for more beneficial outcomes. My most recent employment, with Nashville Public Schools (Music City!!!), afforded me the opportunity to teach modern band. Modern band philosophy combines instruments from various ensembles and allows the students the opportunity to explore and integrate the instrument of their interest into that band. Modern Band is basically a rock band that is opened to other instruments and ideas that are most times contradictory to a typical rock band. I am an effective music instructor and each student will gain confidence and insight from my guidance.
I am an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes that music enhances all aspects of an individual's life. Students of my studio typically enjoy either a 30 or 45 minute lesson. I have never believed in a one size fits all approach to teaching. My 30 plus years of experience has given me the ability to identify a student's best way to learn and allows me to tailor my teaching method accordingly. Everyone has a unique goal when they decide to study music and it would be my pleasure to help achieve it. .
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.
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For students just starting out, a keyboard or digital piano is a great entry level alternative to a real acoustic piano. We suggest trying to buy a keyboard with 88 keys. Keyboards with a weighted hammer action are recommended as their touch response and general feel will be most similar to that of an acoustic piano as this will provide students with a greater level of satisfaction during their practice time. Popular keyboard brands include Yamaha, Casio and Roland. If it is at all possible, consider buying an acoustic piano. Upright models are less space consuming, while a grand piano will provide the best sound.
Our recommended starting age for piano is 4 or 5, when students are capable of playing the keys properly and have sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. Young students also should have begun learning to count and to read. No matter what your age may be, the piano is an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of music, including music theory and basic composition techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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 Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
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 Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
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