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I recently completed my Master of Music degree as a full scholarship student, at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler. Post graduation, I joined the Stockton Symphony as a member of the first violin section. A passionate orchestral musician, I've served as the concertmaster of both the Classical Symphony in Chicago and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and played under the baton of numerous influential conductors including James Conlon, Joseph Silverstein, Leonard Slatkin, and Carl St.Clair. Prior to my move to California, I received both my Bachelor of Music, as well as my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Northwestern University, where I studied with world renowned pedagogues Almita and Roland Vamos. I am as committed to teaching as I am to performing, and have worked over 10 years with students of all ages. I currently hold a private studio of both violin and piano students. References are available upon request.
I am a passionate instructor who is particularly excited about passing on the knowledge and skills that I have acquired over the years. I earned by Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2013. I studied guitar at Berklee and emphasized in music production and arranging. During my time at Berklee, I intently studied classical and jazz music theory, composition, performance, and history. I teach elements of each of these topics during private lessons to ensure that my students are not simply guitar players, but well-rounded and knowledgable musicians.
I am a passionate instructor that has love and experience for music performance. In 2007, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Music Performance degree. Shortly there after, I moved to Los Angeles and attended the LA music academy on a scholarship. Perfroming all over the country and the world has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Opening up for Jason Mraz in front of twelve thousand people at the Olympic stadium in South Korea was incredible! If you love something enough and are willing to fight for it, anything is possible...
I love my profession very much , and try teaching my students to love , feeling and undertand the music like I love. In 1969 I graduated from College of music with a Bachelor of Choir director, and Piano teacher ,in 1976 I graduated from Kiev ( Ukraine ) National Conservanory with Master Degree in Voice performance and Voice teacher. During the 22 years I was Soloist Novosibirsk ( Russia) Opera and Balet House performing most beautiful scores in Opera Classical and Modern (Margarita,Fayst,Gounod, Mimi ,Boheme, -Buttefly- Puccini, Tatiana ,Eugeny Onegin, Tchaikovsky,-Marfa the Tsar's Bride,Rimsky-Korsakov, Madame Bouvary French Composer Boundeville and much more I have had experience and big opportunity to sing in different stages of the world and with greatest directore. When I was invited to work in Mexico, (Ensenada) I was musical Director of Musical assotiation-daring the 7 yeras I have had a sevberal and very nice performances with my big and chamber chorus in different cities of Mexico, San Diego (USA , International Festival " Cervantino " as Chorus Director, prepared two operas with children ,where my students sang opera score s as soloists.
I am an open-minded, versatile, patient, and outgoing teacher who loves seeing students improve and get more comfortable with their own style. In 2011, I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Professional Music for Voice. Growing up on a sailboat in the Caribbean gave me exposure to a lot of genres of music and many languages. Both of my parents are musicians, and music has always been part of our lives. I started taking piano and guitar lessons at age 13. Since then, I have been exposed to even more styles and cultures by performing and travelling internationally (Middle East, Asia, Europe, USA, Caribbean). Two years ago, Daisy Rock Guitars (my favorite guitar brand since I was 16), gave me a full endorsement deal.
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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.
Piano lessons for children will focus on learning fundamentals of the technique of the instrument and learning to read music and rhythm. We suggest beginning piano lessons no earlier than age four due to the attention span of the child, as well as the strength in their hands for playing. Piano lessons offer an excellent introduction to learning music for a child. Music theory and musical skills will also be taught during the lessons. Piano lessons are a great choice for introducing the art of music to your child!
We recommend that students get either a full size piano, or an 88-key, weighted hammer action keyboard for their lessons and practice. A real acoustic piano will provide the most satisfying learning experience, however, due to the cost and size of the instrument, a keyboard is often the more convenient option. Weighted keys will respond most like those of an acoustic piano, and keyboards have the added bonus of being portable and compatible with headphones. The most popular brands of keyboard or digital piano are Yamaha, Casio, Korg and Roland.
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.
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.
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 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 Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
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 Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
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.