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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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.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Electric Guitar
For Piano, I use several method books, including the Thompson Method, Shaum, Alfred, and Bastien. For Guitar I use Hal Leanard, Mel Bay, and several others. I also use interactive software of various kinds. And for Jazz, Blues and Rock improvisation, I use Band in a Box to provide backing tracks for the purpose of practicing improv over chord progressions. Band in a Box allows the student to simulate the experience of playing with a band in various styles and genres, with the possibility of change the chord progression and also changing the key and tempo. I have found this to be an invaluable tool.
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, Flute
Musika LLC, Baltimore/DC, MD: Flute Teacher since 2011.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Cello, Drums, Bass Guitar, Double Bass
My teaching methods are typical for begginers, I will teach you how to read and interpret chords. If a student is intermediate/advanced I am going to push more difficult material once I have figured out that it is understood by the student. I am in favor of playing a melody in every key, I believe it is a great way to learn a song by memory and helps everyone musicially, I still practice this method even today.
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