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In the past I have carefully guided students through the selection of materials that would insure steady, gradual progress. Learning a musical instrument should be a fun and enjoyable experience with a sense of personal satisfaction and fulfillment. I place great emphasis on areas such as theory, harmony, transposition, ear training, sight-reading, improvisation and areas of interest to the student such as musical styles. Whether you aspire to one day play professionally, attend a music school or just play for your own enjoyment, we can set goals together to reach the level you desire.
My preferred book series that I like to use are Piano Adventures, Keith Snell, Alfreds, and Bastien piano books. It all depends on the needs of the individual piano student.
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about the teaching is sharing the knowledge with the students. Acquiring a new knowledge can be compared to making new big and small discoveries almost every day. It always has been rewarding and inspiring for me. (I believe it’s the most important part of my motivation). If the teacher has enough teaching skills, techniques, and personal charisma for showing the students how interesting, thrilling and inspiring every small discovery is, she/he is very happy teacher who can motivate the students well. And both sides share the joy of these discoveries. It is very important for me to be friendly, open and patient with the students. I believe that the educators are to do their best to build up and maintain the sense of acceptance in all students. Interaction between students and teacher is fertile with opportunities to sow the seeds of acceptance. Another important parts of teacher’s mission are nourishing students’ natural curiosity and helping them to develop their problem-solving abilities.
I'm a passionate musician that absolutely loves to teach music. I began playing piano at the young age of four. I believe starting at such a young age is so important as kids are sponges! Of course, it is NEVER too late to start. :) Piano has always been my main instrument, that was until I entered the fifth grade. There I was introduced to ALL kinds of band instruments including the alto saxophone! It is one of the best instruments, in my opinion, to express the music, especially with jazz. Starting off with the piano as my first instrument, I have seen the difference it has made when it came to picking up other instruments. I was taught, "If you can play the piano, you can play ANY instrument", and boy were they right!! Being able to play the piano, I was able to easily pick up the accordian, clarinet, violin, flute, guitar, and even percussion. Though I am not proficient in these instruments (since I never practiced them), I was able to play them fairly easily thanks to the piano. Music is so important in a child's life! Not only does it keep kids focused in practicing and performing, it keeps them focused in school. Believe it or not, music truely does make you smarter!! If you are interested in what I do and teach, just let me know! I would love to get to know you and your child!!
I graduated in 2007 from DePauw, and moved to Indianapolis, where I taught private piano, clarinet, and saxophone lessons. I also taught group lessons at a catholic school in the city in their after school music program. I like to encourage students to play what they are interested in, as well as practice the fundamentals. I've found that a combination of what they are interested in (pop, rock, other modern music) paired with these fundamentals (theory, technique, scales) is essential to keeping interest levels high as well as motivation to practice. I encourage my students to participate in as many performance opportunities as possible, including solo and ensemble contest for clarinet and saxophone. I teach beginner to advanced levels on clarinet, up to intermediate on saxophone, up to early intermediate on piano, and beginner guitar. I accept students of all ages! I have also had experience teaching adapted lessons for students with any type of developmental disability.
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Piano lessons in your home offer a convenient option for learning to play an instrument. 90% of our students take their lessons in their home, and this is a practical and time-saving way to learn the technique of the instrument. Think of all the time you can save by not having to transport your student to a class every week! In-home lessons are structured in the same way as a studio lesson, and in addition, a younger student may feel more comfortable at an in-home lesson, as they are already familiar with the surroundings.
Many older students are fulfilling a life-long dream by taking piano lessons. Some students may have had lessons when they were younger and want to re-learn and others are simply looking for a new hobby. Whatever the aim or reason, there are many benefits to piano lessons for older students. Learning the piano can keep you mentally active, help maintain dexterity, improve your hearing, and stimulate the brain in a creative way. Older students can develop basic technique and music theory quite quickly, as their concentration, thinking skills, and self-discipline are more advanced than that of children.
There is no specific teaching method that all teachers in the Musika network adhere to. All students will have lessons customized to their needs and goals as lessons progress. If there is a specific teaching style you are looking for, we will keep that in mind as we make your teacher match. Many teachers will have a few method books that they use for lessons, which will include exercises and techniques for practicing. All lessons will cover aspects of learning notes, proper technique, ear training, and how to read music.
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.
Provided you do not have the space or budget to purchase an acoustic piano, such as an upright or baby grand, then a keyboard is a perfectly acceptable alternative. Keyboards with a weighted hammer action are the best option, as the key touch sensitivity is comparable to that of an acoustic piano. As a rule, more keys are better and at least 61 key pianos are advised. The most popular brands of keyboard are Casio, Roland, and Yamaha and can be purchased from most musical instrument retailers. Keyboards offer great convenience due to their price, portability, and headphones option.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
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 Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
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 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 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 Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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!
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