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, Guitar, Voice, Saxophone, Harmonica
Teaching Methods: I begin with the fundamentals of music theory that you will need to begin playing your instrument, and then I like to get straight into learning songs as quickly as possible. The student may choose what songs to learn (recommended) or I can make suggestions. You will learn a range of skills including tuning, instrument care, song struture, chords, soloing, and MUCH MORE. My goal is for you not just to learn to play certain notes or chords, but also understand why that note or chord fits where it does. This knowledge will be key to your success in composition and collaboration.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is student-driven. I want to know what you are setting out to accomplish with your instrument of choice so I can help you to achieve your goals. There are many techniques I know that will help you to master basic skills on your instrument as well as the more individualized skills you will need to excel in your particular style of music. I can't wait to hear about what excites YOU most about music so I can help you to become the kind of musician you want to be. I do expect students to practice between lessons. Practicing at home is the only way to make progress with your instrument. Then lessons can serve as an opportunity to discover new sounds and skills, correct any bad habits you may be forming, and discuss aspects of the musician's life that go beyond simply playing, if that is where your interests lie.
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Teaching Methods: I suit my lessons to the individual needs and goals of the student. For beginners, I typically begin out of a method book, but I also use studies and etudes that I have developed on my own in the course of my teaching career. Throughout the learning process, I engage the student with real music to build listening skills, and teach concepts like tone, phrasing, and expression. I also teach all of my students music theory and listening analysis because I believe this is a neccessary component of a strong musical foundation.
Teaching Styles: Learning to perform and understand music is a difficult journey, but one which also reaps great rewards. Performing great music with a skilled ensemble for an appreciative audience is, in my opinion, one of the great joys of life. Unfortunately, beginners are easily frustrated by their lack of facility on their instrument. I believe the teacher must guide the student toward positive practice habits including daily listening and performing, give the student unwavering support and encouragement, provide a judgment-free learning environment while also providing constructive feedback, and most importantly, be a musical role model.
Teaching Methods: 5 - 10 years old: Piano Safari Other ages: Celebrate Piano, Piano Tree, Piano Adventures or Adult Piano Adventures Once the student has progressed, I introduce standard Classical Repertoire I am flexible and always consider the student's interests. I make my best to fit the studen't needs and interests to the best possible choice of method.
Teaching Styles: Sincerity: my leading principle is to be always honest. I am seeking for learning at all times, and I work hard to be sensitive to each student’s needs. Flexibility: there is no one right way to teach anything. Every student is special, and needs to be treated in a special way. I carefully consider the goals of my students and what motivates them. I also create individual goals for each student, depending on their needs and interests. I carefully write lesson plans to every lesson, and use them as a diary. However, I almost never follow strictly the plan. Every lesson I create new activities that suits better to specific needs of the moment, or I switch the order of the activities if I find that one exercise will fit well with something that I just taught. It is extreme important to have a very well thought plan, but it is equally important to be able to quit it if necessary. Passion: no matter what the activity is: sight-reading, harmonization or repertoire. The love for making music is always in first place! I work to show the student how joyful it can be playing the simplest melody, when you can produce a beautiful tone. Or how exciting it can be to play rhythmic chords when you have a well-based sense of rhythm. Or even how changing one single note can make all the difference in the world. It doesn’t matter the level of the piece: music is music, and must always be cherished.
Teaching Methods: The key is to always to make sure that my students have a solid foundation in pianistic techniques and fundamentalsand then introduce the adequate repertoire while taking into account their sensitivity. I often use a combination of classical and modern music in order to motivate my students to practice and continue to learn while keeping the lessons engaging, challenging, and fun.
Teaching Styles: One of the most important aspects of teaching, is certainly to help my students develop a passion for music in general and in the piano in particular. Therefore, it's vital that my students progress at their own pace. Setting realistic goals for them, giving them the means to reach these goals, challenging them reasonnably, and acknowledging their accomplishments are the main ingredients of a wonderful, fulfilling, and enjoyable musical journey.
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!
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