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.
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Teaching Methods: I believe that music should be FUN! To that end I tailor all my lessons to meet each student's individual needs. Not everyone learns the same way, however I believe that students should receive the following components in their lessons: ear training (being able to hear whether they are playing correctly), sight-reading (being able to read the written notes, music theory (writing & reading the written notes on a page), and technique (playing on the instrument). I like my students to get the chance to play music that helps them learn and music that they already love whether it be video game tunes, disney songs, classical pieces, or songs from the radio. At the end of each semester I offer my students a free recital where they can both show what they've accomplished and learn to play in front of an audience in a positive environment. (Typically I hold one recital at the beginning of December and one at the beginning of May.)
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is generally high energy, however I try to do what I feel is best for each student in conjunction with their parents. I like to build relationships with my students and their families that will lead to a positive reinforcing environment where my students can truly learn, have fun, and grow both as a musician and as a person. I like to see my students having fun but also really learning and retaining the knowledge. I believe in finding what motivates a student and using that to help them stick with their instrument and grow their passion. I've been know to give stickers or a prize on the occasion for my younger students when needed!
Teaching Methods: For beginning students I typically start with Piano Adventures by Faber. For adults, I try to offer what the student is interested in. For example, if the student's goal is to play popular songs "by ear", I guide my instruction accordingly and teach the student music theory and how to play the piano by chords.
Teaching Styles: I let each of students to progress at his/her own pace and concentrate on the activities they are most interested in. My teaching style's rooted in classical music and classical piano pedagogy, but I also incorporate other styles of music and offer my students alternative/contemporary methods of learning.
Teaching Methods: My methods vary according to the students interests and development. But I also have a guideline of references. For the beginners, I like to use Faber & Faber, Boris Berlin's Four Stars, and some Alfred's piano methods. As we go to intermediate, I focus mostly on repertoire, sight reading, harmonization and, if the student likes, some improvisation. The books vary according to the student. For advanced players, the focus is in the repertoire, so probably we will be using performance editions for the repertoire, with preference for the Urtext (original text) ones. For adults, I like Alfred's method.
Teaching Styles: Since the begining, I focus on sight reading and learning repertoire strategies. I believe that if the student is capable of reading and learning the repertoire quickly, he or she will become much more motivated and the act of practicing will be something pleasant. I like my students to fell they practice because they like to, and not only because they have to. I also like the help the students to build a practicing schedule so they will gradually incorporate the practicing time in their own routine. My main goal is my student's achievements and accomplishments. When they succeed, I succeed.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: Uses the Faber for ages 5-12
Bastiens for adult
Teaching Styles: Lessons tailored to needs of students.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar
Teaching Methods: For begining students I like to start from a foundational stand point. It is very important to enstill good practice habits and technique in order not to develop bad habits in your playing. For drumming and other instruments, starting with rudiments, learning how to read music, and playing scales are a great way to help a student build their technique and ear up. I think it is really important to ask what kind of music the student is into or show them how the foundational basics can be used in an actual playing situation instead of just a boring regimented routine. With more advanced students, furthering a students development and introducing more challenging concepts is what I focus on teaching. With drumming, I like to incorporate concepts such as polyrhythms, an understanding of different genres, improvisation, and ear training. For students that are preparing to pursue a degree in music, I can help them prepare for an audition because of my experience of being a college music student in the past.
Teaching Styles: I can't stress enough how music is supposed to be fun! It is a healthy outlet which teaches kids and adults alike the joy of interation with a group of people and can carry out in all kinds of aspects in life. Learning does not have to be boring and with music it is one of the most sacred and treasured things that we have as humans. I focus on trying to inspire a student and have them look forward to their next lesson.
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