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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.

Dwight H

Dwight H

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I've been teaching private music lessons since I first started college in 2004. I've taught at community centers, afterschool programs, and music stores since graduating in 2008, and started my own home studio about 2 years ago. I like to teach the rudiments, as the fundamentals of music and of one's instrument provide the solid base upon which all else is built, though I also stress creativity for all my students. I encourage students to draw from many genres of music, and not limit themselves to one style or method of playing. I feel that through a synthesis of all the elements of music, students can find their unique sound and reach their true potential as musicians.

Rhonda F

Rhonda F

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I use various methods depending on the age, interest, and ability of the student.  I intergrate theory, ear training and technique into each lesson.  We also work on memorization to perform in the National Guild, piano recitals and competitions if desired.       

Sue H

Sue H

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I am passionate for music and I have always loved to teach and share my love of music with my students. I have introduced them to music world through my years of experience performing and teaching. I have over 25 years of experience as instructor in all levels and ages. I graduated from Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance. Then studied towards my Master degree at American University in Arts Management program. Studying and performing in Europe has given me my greatest experience in music life. I have had the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations teaching and coaching young musicians and leading them to higher education in greatest music schools in the nation. I love to take my students to a new and beautiful world of music and I will share all my life experience to do so. I SPEAK: ENGLISH, SPANISH, TURKISH, FARSI

Erin F

Erin F

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I will typically begin with a Standard of Excellence book for their chosen instrument, as it offers not only the fundamentals of musical theory but also work for bands as well. With younger students especially, I always start with instructing the student on the basics of their instrument, such as the proper terminology, how the instrument actually produces sound, and proper maintenance. For children, I would encourage them to work towards recital performances and solo work, or to participate in bands. For adults, I would be flexible and open to what they would want out of the experience and encourage and guide them in their goals.

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