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I have taught all ages from 4 - 98. I emphasize a well-balanced diet of classical, popular, sacred, and jazz. Students' preferences are always taken into consideration. In addition, I provide students with a solid theoretical foundation. Concentration is upon functional theory that is applicable to where the student is in their music studies. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity whether it be improvisation on 12 bar blues patterns or composing in an ABA form. Ear training and music history are also included in lesson times. Sightreading is a vital part of our lesson times. Performance avenues are available to my students, whether it be festivals, auditions, recitals, or performances at local gatherings or retirement homes.
Each lesson is tailored to help the student meet their individual goal, and if the student does not know what their goals are I will help them set some. It is a good idea to set short term goals that can be acheived in the time of a week and long term goals so after a month or two the student can see how the short term goals add up to long term success. I emphasize playing with a metronome, learning to read music, and playing different style, especially ones you are less comfortable with. This being said every lesson will have similar aspects; reading, rudiments, grooves, and a section set aside so the student can use what they have learned in an open relaxed setting that lets the students creativity drive what happens. At the end of the day each student should leave having put in good work and enjoyed applying what we learned.
I am a passionate and motivated performer and teacher who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. Performing all over the world has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I have had the opportunity to perform both at the Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium as well as at the Kennedy Center. As a teacher, I have taught since 2008 and have numerous students in different states as well as countries.
Artists Performed With(Accompanied, Recorded with, Background Vocals, or Composed Music) Collette Coward, Cynthia Wilson, India Arie, James Cleveland, Heston, Jamira, Ronni Jackson, Tamekia Milton, Ana Lovelady, Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society, Johnetta Johnson-Page, Charles Harmon, Judith McCallister, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Ms. Dia, Grace in Motion, Erica Smith, Tammra, Chapter 5, Ricky Dillard, Remnant, Donald Lawrence, Soul 7, April Hill, K. Machelle, Phillippia, Brittenum Twins, Shamora, Art Bright, Oregon Catholic Press, Val Parker, Lanette Love, St. Mark Lutheran Church, United Methodist Annual Conferences, True Life Ministries, Ben Hill UMC, Elizabeth Baptist Church.
I am a professional musician, actor, and puppeteer based in the Atlanta area and have served on the artistic staffs of over forty musicals and operettas. I have had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with many performers over the years, ranging from young beginners to Broadway professionals. During the summers, I serve as Music Director for elite summer programs for young theatrical artists, such as Stagedoor Manor and Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. As an actor I have been featured in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, and various commercials and film projects.
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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 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.
As students will need to practice the content taught during their lessons, they will need to invest in a digital piano or a keyboard. There are a number of different keyboards on the market, however we suggest looking to buy one with 61 keys or more. Keyboards with weighted action keys are most like that of a real piano, and are recommended. Keyboards are often a cheaper and more convenient option than digital pianos or real acoustic pianos, as they can be transported around and played using headphones. That said, if buying an acoustic piano is within your budget, it will provide the most satisfying learning experience.
There are several different, but vey important elements to becoming a good piano player. It takes time to master the basic skills that will set you on your way to excellence. For beginners, the lessons will focus on elementary piano knowledge and technique, such as learning all the notes of the piano, hand and finger techniques for playing, learning scales and chords, as well as some music theory like reading sheet music, chord charts etc. These basic skills can then be applied to simple songs. Students with these foundations in place can expect to cover things like, diminished and other chord types, sight reading, and playing more challenging compositions. Lessons for advanced students might cover topics such as improvisation, glissando, or the study of a specific genre of playing or composer, such as Jazz piano or Johann Sebastian Bach.
In home lessons are what 90% of our students request. Not only is it a convenient means to study music, but we also notice no difference in the quality of lessons done in-home or in-studio since they are typically structured the same. The main benefit of in-home lessons is the reduction in travel time to another location. Additionally, the student may be able to focus better in their own home since they are familiar with it. Piano lessons in the home offer a practical choice for your family for learning the skill of playing a musical instrument.
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
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.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
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 Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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