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I have been teaching music lessons since I was a child when I started teaching my sisters how to sing. I have always enjoyed connecting with people through music and watching them blossom from the inside out. I have been a touring musician since I was 17 years old. I have many live performace, recording, live radio and TV performances and interviews that give me a wealth of knowlege to share with students that are aspiring Rock Star's to be. I believe that everyone of all ages can benefit from music lessons. Learning an instrument relieves stress and promotes optimal health. I believe that we are all creative being and music is a creative outlet. Researchers have found the acedemic potential of the student is increased by taking lessons for several years.
For beginning string student's, I use Essential Elements for Strings and Schroeder method books. Once the student has grasped the basic fundamentals and note reading, I begin to introduce solo repertoire from the Suzuki String method. Along with technical studies and solo repertoire, the student will learn scales ranging from one to four octaves. For beginning piano student's, I use the Bastein Piano series. This method is complete with a method book, solo repertoire, theory studies and scales.
2008 – Present Violin, Voice & Piano Instructor: Musika Home School of Music Teaching fundamentals of vocal, violin and piano pedagogy to students from age 4 – adult. Lessons include exercises, technique, style, improvisation, analysis, theory, repertoire, music analysis, and interpretation. 2007 – Present Director of Operations: Renacer Entertainment Produce music videos, short films, and feature films, hire talent, create budgets, and make movie magic. Renacer Entertainment also has an affiliate publishing company, SOUNDS OF JUBILEE, and works with independent artists pitching songs for licensing. 2001 – Present Private Piano, Voice, & Violin Teacher Currently teaching students of all ages a solid foundation in technique for both agility, accuracy, and expressive qualities. Continuously developing the awareness and application of musical phrasing, intonation, and interpretation. 2008 - 2013 Voice Instructor: Theater of Arts Academy (AKA: Act Hollywood) Teaching singing fundamentals to acting students; content in class includes breathing techniques, pedagogy, vocalization, understanding voice types and range, developing a freer tone, developing more expression in the voice. Also coached the students in “Vocal Performance” – interpretation, character development, presentation, phrasing, and musicality. 2008 - 2012 Acting Instructor: Beverly Hills Performing Arts Center Teaching commercial technique, monologue preparation, and voice and diction tostudents age 5-22; Additionally, I am the singing teacher for students ages 4 – 25 and coach them in vocal technique, as well as developing skills for upcoming competitions and auditions in pop, country, rock, and jazz categories. 2006 - 2008 Teaching Assistant: Florida International University Teaching Theater Craft and Acting to the opera students. Coaching students through arias, opera scenes, and studio repertoire. Assisting Director of Vocal Studies, Prof. Robert B. Dundas, with Forum, Curriculum, and other departmental duties.
I use a variety of teaching materials for my lessons - here is what I normally use, although depending on the level of the student and how fast he/she can pick up new things, I will make adjustments. o Bass: Vance’s Progressive Repertoire series, Simandl, original exercises, classical, jazz and blues repertoire o Piano: Faber series, Fingerpower series, Czerny etudes, original exercises, classical and popular music repertoire o Strings: Strictly Strings , Essential Elements , Suzuki o Guitar: Essential Elements , original exercises, jazz, blues and popular music repertoire o Drums: 1001 Drum Grooves , Stick Control for the Snare Drummer , popular music repertoire
Learning to play music is a joy and a miracle! The most important thing I wish to impart is a love of music and a knowledge of it's history. I work closely with every student to determine the proper approach for them. It is important to set goals for the student and keep track of their progress. When a student accomplishes something it is the most rewarding feeling! We will study all kinds of music, from Beethoven and Bach to Rachmaninoff and Chopin, Bartok and Scott Joplin, as well as Hip/Hop, Pop and Rock.
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Musika recommends that children start piano lessons no earlier than age 4 or 5. The attention span and personality of the child are something to consider when thinking of taking lessons. Even if your child has no evident musical inclinations, piano lessons offer a great option for introducing your child to music. During their lessons children generally learn how to read music, the fundamentals of musicianship and sight reading, music theory techniques, and ear training.
"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."
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.
Musika piano lessons can be tailored to suit students of all abilities, whether they are beginning, intermediate, or advanced level players. For beginners, the basics will be taught. This can include learning the correct posture, hand position, and fingering technique as well as learning the notes and scales of the piano, learning basic chords and chord progressions, developing the musical ear, and learning to apply these things to simple songs. Intermediate players can start to increase their playing speed in order to perform runs, fills, and solos, they can broaden their chord playing to things like augmented chords, diminished chords, slash chords and so on as well as working on their sight reading, music theory, such as learning different time signatures, and applying these skills to more complex songs. For advanced players, they will be adding an edge to their playing, such as improvisational skills, repertoire and genre-specific work, like learning Jazz or Romantic piano.
Music lessons in your home offer a convenient option to learn music! Most of our students request in-home lessons for this reason. As long as you have a piano or keyboard in your home, then you should be all set to start your lessons! Children who have never played an instrument before may feel more comfortable studying in their own home, as it may be less intimidating than going somewhere else. In-home lessons also decrease the time and gas money spent traveling to a different location.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
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 Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
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