Our music lesson students will have the opportunity to take lessons from the comfort of their own home or in one of the teachers studios. Careful attention is placed on each student to ensure a custom lesson plan. Our music teachers understand that every student has different needs and abilities and therefore the lessons will be planned with that knowledge in mind.
lessons are available in the following areas:
Instruments: Piano, Voice
I began teaching while at the Hartt School; where, after taking a number of courses in vocal pedagogy, I gave voice lessons to music students majoring in other instruments. I also tutored beginner and intermediate ear training while at the Hartt School. Following graduation, I taught private voice at a music and dance center in central Connecticut. For the last several years, I have been teaching at a number of community-based schools around Connecticut, including the Community Music School of Essex, Middlesex Music Academy, and Charles' Music Center. I find that teaching has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had while in music, and I often feel that I have learned as much from teaching as from my own study. I firmly believe that it is as important that students learn basic musicianship skills such as sight-singing and music theory as learning their instrument of choice, and I try to incorporate these elements, among others, in voice lessons.
I use books for beginners, more advanced branch into songs. Theory if the student will allow. I follow the students interests.
Instruments: Piano, Flute
Teaching Methods: For my beginning flute students, I generally use the Rubank Elementary Flute Method and suppliment with 60 easy solo pieces once the student has progressed passed the fundamentals. After the easy solo pieces have been attempted, I also try to incorporate fun duets and popular tunes to keep students engaged in the lessons. For adult students, I also usually being with the Rubank Elementary Flute Method since this book has a great progression of fundamental skills, but supplement earlier on with solos based on the student's interests.
For beginning piano lessons, I usually use either the Bastien Piano series books or for adults the Faber Piano Adventures series. I am flexible though with which series I use based on what my student prefers.
Teaching Styles: There's is nothing more rewarding than watching achieve a goal and develop a passion for music! I believe that ALL students of any age are capable of learning an instrument at their own pace. I encourage my students by setting achievable goals and by tailoring lesson for each individual student to keep lessons fun and engaging but always pushing them to achieve their best at whatever their level is.
For beginner students, I usually start with a curriculum such as James Bastien and as they learn the fundamentals, we begin learning more challenging classical pieces. For older beginners, I like to start with Faber Adventures because it moves along at a faster pace than James Bastien. Once the older students have grasped the basics, we leave behind all books and learn pieces of interest to them. For adults, we discuss what they goal is and every adult i've taught has started with a different book or set of pieces. Every student's lessons are tailored to their goals, ability and likes.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums
I love to have fun in my lessons. No single student understands the same thing the same way so I take the time to listen/understand them as a person and as a musician. While it would be wonderful if all of my students became virtuosi musicians, I understand that sometimes math class may be at the forefront of their attention. That said, practice is still required. Like a doctor, I prescribe solutions to students to help them achieve their goals and will do everything I can to help them to succeed – but if they don’t take the remedy, success is can be quite slow. I use frequent realistic review of student goals/performance to help them maintain a continuous path towards achievement. If the student is younger, I believe constant communication with parents is the key to students getting all they can out of their lessons.
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