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:
Teaching Methods: All piano methods.
Teaching Styles: RelaxedReleased environment.
Teaching Methods: For the youngest students, I begin with Music for Little Mozarts or John Thompson method books and a lot of music related games. Flash cards assist with retention of musical terms and notes. I also provide worksheets to help reinforce what the students learn. Later I add exercises to help with rhythm and agility. Older students I begin with John Thompson method books or Bastien method books, theory books, and exercises. As students progress, I add a book of piano solos and adjust their exercises. For all of my students, we search for piano solo material they like and work on those pieces while we are working in lesson books. I firmly believe that if they have a fun piece of music that they select, the student will be more likely to practice regularly.
Teaching Styles: Knowing that all students begin at different levels and progress at different paces, I cater lessons to each individual student's capabilities. So, although I have age specific methods, I realize there are exceptions that I need to identify. I also believe that piano should be rewarding and fun, so I make sure to highlight capabilities and give ability specific goals to improve. I want my students to learn to read and understand music, not just learn to play a couple of songs! Helping my students explore all types of music helps inspire them to want to learn.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Double Bass, Conga, Latin Percussion, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Djembe, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Teaching Methods: I attained my M. Ed. in leadership and supervision at Antioch University. There I learned how better apply my teaching methods for more beneficial outcomes. My most recent employment, with Nashville Public Schools (Music City!!!), afforded me the opportunity to teach modern band. Modern band philosophy combines instruments from various ensembles and allows the students the opportunity to explore and integrate the instrument of their interest into that band. Modern Band is basically a rock band that is opened to other instruments and ideas that are most times contradictory to a typical rock band. I am an effective music instructor and each student will gain confidence and insight from my guidance.
Teaching Styles: A great partial of my previous occupation required that I develop individualized programs to facilitate the needs of various learning categories. I utilize all previously acquired knowledge and experience to facilitate adequate and effective outcomes for all of my students. I am intrigued by the opportunity to encourage, and contribute to the music industry through instruction and performance. I represent the institution with positivity and confidence. I prove effective and deliver positive, productive outcomes. It is a joyous event, seeing students acheive thier musical goals and dreams.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: The first lesson is more diagnostic in nature. I take time to test range, breathing, ear and musical knowledge. I like to really get a sense of the students goals and desires so that I can make sure my instruction will provide what the student is looking for. . I pick one piece of music for the student that works on technical aspects that need to be improved. The student then picks a piece that they have always wanted to work on or are interested in so that the lessons stay balanced. I believe that a student must enjoy their lessons in order to stay engaged and improve. Recitals are offered every six months and students are encourage to participate as it gives them a goal to work towards, a great experience and is a good way to really see the progress they are making in their lessons. I also believe it allows students to meet other people who are also passionate and excited to learn music.
Teaching Styles: I love seeing my students not only grow but realize their own musical abilities. I make sure to structure my lessons so that the students are challenged but that the goals are realistic and in the students ability. I love to acknowledge their accomplishments and believe that positive reinforcement is important to helping students stay excited and eager to learn. I believe honesty is the most important aspect of my job, I want students to feel safe and able to learn without any doubt that I am there for them and truly want them to succeed. I will never give up on any student who truly wants to learn and loves music.
Instruments: Piano, Drums, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Teaching Methods: For young students, typically I start with fundamental basics of playing. I introduce these commonly 'dull' aspects by casting an interesting light on them. By facilitating common, rudimentary, aspects of playing, it opens up the avenues for improvisation and creativity. Often I teach out of lesson books, typically Hal Leonard or some other popular publishers. For adults, usually I ask them what they're interested in and build a lesson plan that encourages self growth and discovery while catering to their desires. While I love to teach people what they want to learn, I also try and excite the student with new material they wouldn't of necessarily been exposed to otherwise. Many times, because every student is an individual, I will also hand-write exercises and concepts to be practiced that are individualistic to each student.
Teaching Styles: By teaching the student to teach themselves, I try and allow them to explore music and their own creativity as independently as possible. I emphasize the need to express oneself, as well as the need for introspection. The practice of music is a microcosm of life, and I try and instill that sense in each student. Each lessons will entail an improvisational aspect, as well as more standard study of key musical concepts. By keeping the student engaged with their own creativity, I am able to deliver better contextual education to each individual.
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