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I am a very experience,patient,encouraging and inventive instructor. I have a passion for music which is reflected in my teaching. I tailor each lesson for each student: their interests,abilities. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts,Boston with a Bachelor of Music,with a Minor.in Education. I have also studied at the Berklee College of Music Boston,MA, and Tansen Music College, Kolkatta, India.I have taught Music in public/private schools for grades K-12 and private lessons for ages 4-90. I am a Certified Music Educator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I am a patient and motivated instructor with an enourmous passion for music. In 2009, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Arts in Flute Performance. My performance experience worldwide enriches my musicianship, as well as performing in Harvard University Theather and in the presence of Queen of Jordan Lisa Naheeb.
Hello! I love teaching music and have been doing it for over 7 years! I am originally from Helena, MT and have lived in MA for the last 8 years. I graduated from Berklee College Of Music in Boston in 2009 with a piano performance degree. I've spent almost my entire life taking piano lessons or teaching them and I still truly love it. My lessons very fun, relaxed, but focused and explore all types of music!
I am an experienced and passionate teacher, and I love watching my students succeed. There's always a sense of accomplishment the student has when completing a song, and the feeling this produces for me is incomparable. I just started teaching music formally in 2012, and it has been a wonderful experience. I came accross the opportunity to tutor at my college, where I began learning new and helpful things about all kinds of students and their learning styles and how to best compensate for how they learn best. I graduated from Holyoke Community College in 2014 with an Associates of Arts degree in Music, and I am currently attending The University of Massachusetts in Lowell in pursuit of my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I then plan to pursuit my Master's Degree in Music Education and become a licensed teacher to teach in a public school setting.
I approach my teaching and lead discussions with both a concert pianist's passion and a scholarly rigor. The objective of my teaching in the classroom is to strengthen my students' pianistic skills and to nurture them as leaders in the field of musicology, music education, and professional performance. My teaching style continually adapts to students' career paths and needs. For a student who is willing to become a leader in musicology and music theory, I prepare a pop quiz and a test on transposition and score reading for each group piano class. I explain and rephrase concepts until each student understands the concepts completely. For a potential professional concert pianist, I aim to inspire passion for the piano and challenge him or her to explore a variety of repertoires. I also want to strengthen their understanding of musical character and have them associate literary figures with music such as Liszt's piano transcription of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Zelina, who both sing "La ci darem la mano". For teaching at the university level, I usually arrive to the classroom early because most of students are eager to practice before class. In the beginning of the class, I tend to invite students to share their teaching and learning experiences. For example, a music education student might share how she had to assess her student's repertoire level to scaffold her curriculum. Through listening to their errors, I hope to improve my teaching skills so my students can achieve the most favorable outcome. Toward the end of the class, I sum up the most important theme. Then, I usually stay longer because I am delighted to answer student's questions.
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One-on-one piano lessons straight from the comfort of your own home is a great way to learn to play the piano. 90% of our students choose to take lessons from home, mostly due to the convenience of not having to make travel arrangements both to and from their lessons. This is great for parents and students with busy schedules. The content of home lessons is exactly the same as studio lessons, however, you will need to have a keyboard or piano at your home. Home lessons provide the best learning environment, as it is a comfortable, familiar surrounding for students to learn in.
There is no specific teaching method that all Musika teachers 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.
For the sake of lessons and practice, a keyboard is often a much more viable option than buying a piano. Pianos are space consuming and expensive, as well as being very loud. Keyboards are perfect, especially for beginners, as they are more diverse in their functionality. Most keyboards come with a range of different sounds and effects (FX), such as chorus, reverb, and synthesizer sounds. Another great feature common to many keyboards is a record function. This allows students to hear things back after they have played them, such as practicing scales... or to record ideas they are composing!
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.
Studying piano as an adult is a fun and educational experience. You will learn the technique of the instrument, and various selections of repertoire tailored to your needs and goals. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, our instructor can help you develop or improve your skills on the instrument. Many of our adult students enjoy playing their music at local clubs and venues in their communities.
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 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!
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
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 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 Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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 Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
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!