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Cumulative training and experience in various aspects of musical education. Working directly with special needs children and providing musical instruction K-12. Highly motivated team player delivering exceptional legendary service.Excellent organizational, administrative, communication, instructional/educational,interpersonal, problem resolution, time management, public relations skills, and customer service.Compassionate in servicing and teaching children.Established reputation for taking initiative, dependability, productivity, attention to detail, professionalism and enthusiasm. Goal and results-oriented.
I'm a graduate of The University of Nevada Las Vegas where I earned my Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Drum Set. During my studies at UNLV, I traveled to Australia to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (February 2009). I also held the college marketing representative position in Las Vegas for Warner Music Group. I hold a B.A. in Percussion Performance from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. During my studies at Kutztown, I had the opportunity to perform at the Paris Conservatory for the Perkumania Percussion Festival (November 2006); Argentina for the 5th Patagonia Percussion Festival (June 2007); Bangkok, Thailand for the College Music Society International Convention (July 2007); Toronto, Canada for the IAJE Conference (January 2008). I perform locally with the various, country, jazz and folk groups weekly. I also operate an audio post production studio.
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music! I graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with minors in both Music and English and I graduated again in 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language with a subfield in Music. I've played trombone since 1998 and have performed professionally since 2002 across the entire spectrum of genres and venues. I have had the opportunity to perform abroad in Thailand and Brazil with such groups/acts as the Bangkok Big Band, Eduardo Proenca, Peter Montalbano Septet, Diamante, and the FarUp Band.
Music and children are my two greatest passions and I love teaching them both! My musical training began at the age of 9 with piano lessons, and expanded in college to include percussion lessons and performances in several recitals, shows, and concerts. In 2007 I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Education. In 2013 I began my own home business, offering music classes for babies to preschoolers and private piano lessons for beginner and intermediate players. As a wife and a mother of 2 young boys I know first hand how much music can influence a child's development and it's my pleasure to be able to teach music to children.
I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in music education from Florida Atlantic University and has been teaching and performing ever since. As a licensed Florida educator I have taught many grade levels from Pre-K through 12th grade. Outside the public school system, I teach piano and voice students of all ages providing a comprehensive and fun learning environment where children and adults get to explore the wonderful world of music. In addition, I am a certified Music Together Teacher working in Boulder, Colorado As a performer I have had the opportunity to sing with the William Paterson University Concert Choir, The William Paterson Chamber Singers, The FAU Women’s Choir, The FAU Honors Choir, The South Florida Master Chorale, and is in the process of auditioning for choirs in the Boulder Area. I have studied voice with Nan Guptill Crain (William Paterson University), Kristin Jones (Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Sandra McClain (Florida Atlantic University) and has studied piano with Prof. Ronaldo Garcia (William Paterson University) and attended Piano pedagogy workshops taught by Prof. Judith Burganger (Florida Atlantic University).
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We suggest students purchase a piano or keyboard for their lessons, as they will need to practice every day in order to develop their skills on the instrument. We recommend a keyboard with weighted keys, as this will feel most similar to an actual piano. An actual piano will have 88 keys, but most keyboards start from 61 keys and go up from there. Common keyboard brands found at music stores are Yamaha, Casio, and Korg. Many keyboard sets will come with a case, stand, headphones, and may even offer recording features for recording your own playing.
The content of each lesson is determined by the ability and experience level of each individual student. For beginner students who are new to the piano, lessons will be devised to give students the fundamentals of good piano playing. Students will learn the correct posture, hand position, and fingering techniques for playing scales and chords. Intermediate players can start to increase their playing speed in order to perform runs, fills, and solos, they can broaden their chord playing to things like augmented and diminished chords, they develop their sight reading, learn music theory such as time signatures, and work on applying these skills to more complex compositions. Advanced players may want to study a particular genre or composer. Pianists who enjoy Classical music may like to study the compositions of Bach or Mozart, or maybe develop their Jazz or Blues playing. Teachers can also help prepare students for exam, auditions, performances, or recitals.
Learning a new musical skill as an adult is a great way to keep your brain fresh! We have many adult students actively taking lessons with us. In fact, adult students represent around 50% of our student base. The instructors in our network generally offer an individually tailored lesson plan to the needs of an adult student. You will learn the technique of the instrument, specific repertoire suited to your skill level, as well as learning how to read music and sight read.
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.
Taking piano lessons from the comfort of your own home is the most convenient way of learning to the play the instrument. All you need for your lessons is a piano or keyboard to play on! Home lessons remove the hassle of transporting your child to and from their lessons, and can be fitted around busy work schedules more readily. Whether the lesson takes place in-home or in the studio, the content remains the same. 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.
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 Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
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