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Raluca has established a strong career in the disciplines of piano performance and pedagogy. She is in her third year at the University of St. Thomas, pursuing a Master of Art degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy. She is studying piano with Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada. She works with all students, regardless of level, interests and ability, striving to instill courage and confidence. She carefully prepares for the piano lessons, providing the information step-by-step, following a lesson plan that helps student to learn incrementally and successfully. She knows how to balance the knowledge with the kindness and the humor. She believes that a supportive learning environment promotes a positive attitude toward music. Testimonials: "I wanted to thank you for being such a good person/teacher to my girls. I so very much appreciate your patience with our schedule. I value your talent so much and feel that you have impacted us in such a positive manner." Paula, Lakeville, MN "Thanks so much for all your work with our children this year. They really learned a lot with you!" Monica, St. Paul, MN "Thank you Raluca for your infinite patience with my daughter’s attitude. I appreciate your creativity to adapt the lessons each week to find her interests." Mary, St. Paul, MN
I graduated from McNally Smith College of Music magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelors in vocal performance. I played everywhere from Duluth. Minnesota to Lima, Peru: sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Andres Prado and Judi Donaghy. In addition to my McNally Smith Degree, I received master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices. Passionate about giving back to the community, I instructed voice and piano students at the Urban Hub, a community center for inner city youth in Minneapolis MN. I spent the last 6 months of 2011 as an instructor at Jazz Jaus in Lima, Peru. I taught music theory, history, songwriting, and applied voice at ex'treme Institute by Nelly in St. Louis, MO for 3 years. I've recently moved back to the Twin Cities to perform and teach.
I was introduced to teaching during my teenage years in order to form my own band. I have experience in teaching people from the age of 5 to 40+. The most important parts of learning is understanding the instrument you are playing, also being comfortable and excited about what you are playing. In my years of teaching I have learned so much about myself and have become a much better musician by teaching all I have learned over my decade of playing music. I feel strongly that every person can create their own music.
I would describe my teaching style as very flexible. Because of my personal interest in variety, I like to customize my lessons to the individual goals of each student. Everyone is different and has their own pace at which they learn. Whether you are looking to play Beethoven or Metallica, music lessons are advantageous to performing to your fullest potential. I believe in a world where music is unlimited and every student is capable of reaching his or her goals no matter what they may be. Practicing is hardly work at all when you love what you're doing.
I firmly believe that the most important ingredient in any creative process is a real sense of involvement, for which genuine interest is an absolute prerequisite. Motivation and emotion share the same Latin root: movere, which means to move Thus, it all starts with what moves you. I consider my primary responsibility as a music educator to be the active engagement of each student in an individualized approach to their learning of music. In short, it is my job to figure out how best to genuinely motivate them: before, during and after our classroom encounter. There are many concepts and techniques I have to share with all my students, but before this happens, I must forge a reliable connection with each.- - Before I meet any new student, I carefully plan specific approaches, based both on my past experience and the current goals at hand. My first interaction with each new student is designed to acquire and sustain their attention, since my primary goal is to pique curiosity: the mother of all thinking. And, according to Einstein, it is Play which is the highest form of research. Playing the flute is the specific form research I furnish, here.- - From here, I encourage as much autonomy in the learning process as possible. The point is not that I know the answer; the point is that students recognize, understand, learn and remember the what, the how and the why, for themselves. Instead of telling them what is amiss in their music playing, I guide them towards comprehension of these issues on their own. Once rapport and consensus is established, I use cognitive science, classical pedagogy and other systems of problem-solving to help students develop effective thinking in the very moment / act of music -playing. I foster critical thinking, elicit technical mastery through both constructive review and real-time instruction, and I encourage discovery and exploration in all my students. Experimentation is the root of growth. But its cultured soil is intelligent preparation (Burne Hogarth). - - I have used the Trivium of Classical Pedagogy to improve the various curricula I have built over the years. Grammar is the art of letters, (here: notes), Logic, or how we come to know is arrived at through both the analytical study of the relationship between things (such various notes on the page), as well as the mindful combination of these things through synthesis (forming a coherent phrase). Rhetoric is the final third of the Trivium. It is all about effective expression, and takes form when the student matures a bit and is ready to share some of what has been learned. The public speaker (and the musician, alike) persuades the audience through reasoned discourse (Logos: for musicians that would be articulation), appeals to emotion (Pathos: for musician that would be expressive phraseology), and a display of moral character (Ethos: for musicians that would be peformance with creative, expression. The means by which all this is achieved, involves the employment of the five canons of rhetoric, which neatly double as the natural steps of creative problem-solving. My more advanced students follow this systematic approach, when polishing a professional piece for performance and/or competition:---xe2x80xa2x9Inventio xe2x80x93 (research: learn about the piece and the composer) -xe2x80xa2x9Disposito xe2x80x93 (outline: with my guidance, create a strategic template for practice sessions) -xe2x80xa2x9Elocutio xe2x80x93 (technical mastery: development of musical skill, specific to the instrument and piece/s) -xe2x80xa2x9Memorio xe2x80x93 (practice: commitment to memory / internalization- individual expression of piece/s)-xe2x80xa2x9Pronuntiatio xe2x80x93 (performance)- x9--- After presenting initial problem-solving tasks to entice students, I then engage them in deeper and more meaningful creative learning of their instrument and the possibilities contained in the studies and piece/s at hand. Along the way, I explain that we can all learn to play music, and that we all have different and valuable ideas about how. I teach them that music is a language which all can gain fluency in, and that the processes behind becoming a musician involve problem-solving which everyone can engage in. I am a guide on this path of many.--
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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.
Learning to play the piano as a child is fun, rewarding, and vastly beneficial to their overall development. Children can develop their motor-skills, dexterity, and coordination through technical piano playing such as learning scales, chords, and correct fingering. Young students can also develop their concentration, listening skills, and ability to master complex thought processes through theory, repertoire, and student-teacher feedback. Learning to play the piano can also be character building by instilling a hard-working attitude, developing self-discipline and confidence through practice, taking exams, entering competitions or performing recitals.
"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."
The content of each lesson is determined by the ability and experience level of each individual student. For students just starting off, the foundations of piano playing will start to be laid. This includes learning to read music and chord charts, learning their way around the piano, and learning simple scales and chords. Students can put these new skills to use through simple, entry level compositions. For intermediate pianists, they will develop some of the finer arts to piano playing, such as modulation, developing speed, and combining a wider array of chords, such as augmented and slash chords. They will also get to work on their sight reading and playing more challenging songs. Advanced students may wish to work on their improvisational skills, develop their repertoire, or study a specific genre or style of playing, such as Jazz, Baroque, or Blues. Regardless, all students will experience the joys of piano playing.
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.
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
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 Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
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 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 Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
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