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Melissa M

Melissa M

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My method varies greatly depending on the student. I don't use method books with voice students, since the voice is so personal. I don't believe there's any such thing as a "one size fits all" method--lessons should be designed to meet the needs of the individual. I know that most voice teachers won’t teach kids younger than 12 or 13, and I also know that many parents are probably (rightly) suspicious of the teachers who do, for fear that they’ll hurt kids' young voices. When I work with children, however, I focus primarily on ear training and music theory, knowing that those skills will help them out so much more as adult musicians than prematurely trying to learn advanced techniques. In voices lessons with children, I limit my technique-talk to breathing and vowels. (Of course, for those kids who have no concept of what their head voice is, we work on that, too.) Other than that, we focus heavily on solfège, learning to read music, developing a sense of rhythm and internal pulse, and other musicianship skills. We also learn age-appropriate songs, of course. In lessons with young children, everything is play-based. I make learning experiences into games, and we move between activities quickly to accommodate the kids' attention spans and keep them engaged. I gradually shift my focus to technique and more advanced repertoire once the students reach middle school. For high school and adult voice students, we focus primarily on technique and learning repertoire. In an hour-long lesson, we might spend 15 or so minutes warming up and doing technique exercises, 10 or so minutes working on music theory, and the remainder of the lesson working on one or two songs or arias we've picked together. Our treatment of the songs will include learning the notes, rhythms, and pronunciation, working on technique, incorporating musicality and artistry, and practicing presentation/acting.  For piano students, I use a mixture of the Faber, Bastien, and Alfred methods, depending on the needs and preferences of the individual student.

Tobias M

Tobias M

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I generally follow the literature in the Suzuki Method volumes, but after a certain point digress to other stand-alone repertoire such as the standard concerti, etudes of Popper, Franchome and Kummer, and the Bach Cello Suites.

Colin S

Colin S

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All students are different, and all people learn differently.  That being said, I make sure to teach all of my students in a unique way. Many students want to learn piano for instance, but if the student has a problem with rhythm, I would move away from the piano and play exercises that involve clapping, singing, or anything the student needs to first understand rhythm.  The foundations must first be grasped and the students performance will only get better.  Though I teach to the student's needs, I am open to ideas if it benefits the student.  As for lesson books and materials, I tend to wait until the second lesson so I can evaluate the student's level.

Sue H

Sue H

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My teaching experience started from Europe and continued to USA while I was studying in university. I have been teaching ever since for past 30 years. I have ensemble and group coaching experiences with youth programs as well as preparing them for concerts and competitions. My years of experience have given me the ability and knowledge to teach many different styles and techniques depending on the level of progress desired by student. New approach and methods of practice specially for younger children has proven to be fun and encouraging with very good results.

Jonathan M

Jonathan M

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For beginning students I will start with how to play the instrument. This will involve learning how to exercise certain muscles in the mouth and fingers in a safe way. I will also teach how to stretch those muscles and how to use the correct fingering for the instrument. Once the student has grasped the fundamentals, I will begin teaching solo repertoire which will help them get the skills needed for mastering the instrument if they so choose to. I will try my best to find music that you the student are interested in learning.

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