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I have 18 years of experience in the Music and Education. My time has been combined and/or divided between performance, classroom instructing, supervision and project management. Upon graduation from Central State University I continued to study with the professors there to gain more musical knowledge. I have received credit in over 170 music classes. I studied with some of the greatest musicians there are, for ten years as I pursued my musical destiny. The combination of classroom, administration and performance has proven most beneficial to me and my students.
I prfer the the Suzuki method, which stresses the importance of parental influence and involvement. Parents and teachers work together to achieve a common goal. Using this method students learn discipline, poise, confidence, proper posture, technical mastery, musicianship, and proper intonation and phrasing. For guitar and piano beginners, I usually start with Alfred's Prep Course. For violin, I use Essential Elements for Strings. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I then start to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance, if students are interested.
Learning to sing is a rewarding and worthwhile endeavor and I approach my students very individualistically. I assign my student vocal exercises and repertoire and provide clear and thorough instruction to keep lessons fun and engaging! I challenge my students to practice and perfect the assigned homework and songs so that we may keep improving every week.
GROUNDED ON A SOUND, MULTI-FACETED, ALL-AROUND FOUNDATION. Like any subject of learning, music study should be rooted in a solid foundation. I strive to address all areas of piano techniques and major stylistic periods as well as various aspects of the basic musicianship. ADAPTABLE TO INDIVIDUAL TALENTS AND NEEDS. As students become more established and self-assured in their skills and knowledge, I guide them through an ongoing process of searching for their unique “piano voice” and finding their own particular interests and strengths. I passionately believe that everyone is naturally and profoundly musical in her own right, and yearns, in his own way, for a life enriched with the beauty of music. My deepest reward comes from unlocking that special gift and nurturing it to grow, blossom and thrive. ABUNDANTLY PLEASURABLE AND FULFILLING. I believe that learning should be intrinsically rewarding, productive, and immensely enjoyable. Sensitivity to my students’ contentment and comfort remains the top of my priority as their teacher. FULL OF SUPPORT AND ENGAGEMENT. I maintain a studio that is dynamic and engaging, thoughtful and caring. As I tailor my teaching style to each student’s unique personality and strengths, he/she can learn with natural ease and confidence. I strive to create for every lesson a lively and nurturing environment where my students can enjoy a positive learning experience. We play, sing, and laugh! ATTENTIVE TO THE ARTISTRY OF PERFORMANCE. Music is, inherently, a performing art, a poetic mode of expression and communication. Thus I firmly believe that all pianists, including professionals, enthusiasts, and novices, not only benefit and grow from the experience of public performances but also deserve such opportunities to play for others and be listened to. I challenge and encourage all my students to participate in semi-annual studio recitals and make the preparation an integral part of my teaching. I am enormously gratified to see my students, having overcome their shyness and reserve, invariably come to enjoy and appreciate the deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction they are rewarded with following each single performance.
Although, I did well while learning piano, I went to some piano lessons with a small amount of trepidation - fearing I'd make a mistake while playing and hear about it. A voice instructor in college, however, always put me at ease. Instead of criticism or disapproval, his approach was to offer positive tips to help me improve my performance. The sheer joy he had for music seemed to fill his studio. It's my goal to conduct lessons the same way. Realistic goals will be set. Practice and written assignments will be provided in writing. But ultimately, I want my students to look forward to lessons. My goal is to help my students not only achieve proficiency but hopefully to instill in them a passion for music.
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Our recommended starting age for piano is 4 or 5, when students are capable of playing the keys properly and have sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. Young students also should have begun learning to count and to read. No matter what your age may be, the piano is an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of music, including music theory and basic composition techniques.
Taking piano lessons as an adult is a great way to learn a new skill and have fun at the same time. The instructors in Musika's network can help you learn from the very basic level if you are a beginner, or if you are an advanced player they can help you refine your skills. Adult lessons generally focus on learning the technique of the instrument, including how to read music, chords, and learning repertoire.
For students just starting out, a keyboard or digital piano is a great entry level alternative to a real acoustic piano. We suggest trying to buy a keyboard with 88 keys. Keyboards with a weighted hammer action are recommended as their touch response and general feel will be most similar to that of an acoustic piano as this will provide students with a greater level of satisfaction during their practice time. Popular keyboard brands include Yamaha, Casio and Roland. If it is at all possible, consider buying an acoustic piano. Upright models are less space consuming, while a grand piano will provide the best sound.
Teachers in the Musika network do not adhere to one specific method for all their students. Most teachers will customize their lesson plans to the individual needs and skill level of the student. If you are looking for any specific teaching styles or methods to be used in your lessons, please let us know during the matching process and we can try to assign you to the teacher who will best suit your needs. Generally lessons will cover topics such as learning to read music, practice skills, music theory and musicianship, ear training, and rhythm skills.
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Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
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 Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
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 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 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 Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
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