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: 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.
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: 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!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar
Teaching Methods: As a kid, I really disliked my piano lessons. as a teacher I want to put an emphasis on having fun in my lessons, because music, as i've come to realize, is one of the most fun activities to partake in. that being said, it is essential to know the fundamentals and techniques, so I will most likely use method books such as Alfred's or Hal Leonard's, especially for people starting fresh. But in conjunction with the books, I want to give the student opportunities to play what they want. I have a music notation software, which i've used to create simple arrangements of pop songs from artists such as Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars, or anything else I or the student think would be fun to play. I simply want to give the student opportunities to apply what they've learned to something fun early on.
Teaching Styles: There are so many different ways to approach music, and so many different avenues one can go down, which is why I prefer to cater to the students learning style and interests. I want to bring in a variety of approaches to the lesson such as theory, sight-reading, and ear training. A big regret I have as a student is not learning early on, the framework and inner workings of the pieces I was playing. Not until later, when I became interested in composition and began taking theory classes, did i understand this, and it led me to a deeper understanding of the pieces I was learning and greater enjoyment and fulfillment. I simply don't want students to feel limited as musicians.
Instruments: Piano, Flute
Teaching Methods: I believe firmly in a strong fundamental technique and a clear concept of what it means to play with a beautiful sound. Beyond that, rhythm and the development of a good ear for both pitch and style make up a good deal of what I do with my students. I emphasize scales, simple melodies, and (as things progress) a healthy dose of etudes (Andersen, Berbiguer, Bozza, etc.) and Taffanel and Gaubert Studies. I always have access to a pianist and try to make sure that my students get ample experience playing with accompaniment!
Teaching Styles: Individual, with an initial focus on technical proficiency and sight reading. I believe in a strong basic foundation and a LOT of performance opportunities! A few times a year, I try to arrange to have additional performances for my students as well as providing information and updates about concerts and performances around them (my own included!). We focus on sound and technique as part of the repertoire, not separate. Music for festivals, all-state/solo and ensemble, auditions, etc. is also seen and ENCOURAGED - go for everything!
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