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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I use the Faber method for my beginner students. Sometimes with students who are 4 or 5 years I use the pre-beginners books from Alfred. Other times I use the Suzuki method, depending on the level of understanding. Alongside those books, I use technique books to build good, strong hand especially for young kids. As we move along I start giving solo repertoire from different eras of music to introduce the student to different kinds of music from different composers.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Teaching Methods: For beginning students who are in a school music program, I start with whatever the preferred beginner's method that their band uses: usually Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. As they progress I use a mixture of their music from school and etudes and exercises to improve their reading and technical abilities. I also utilize many listening and repeating techniques outside of reading. It is important to have the connection of ear to playing with music just as with a language. And languages are first learned through hearing and repeating not reading. With beginning students who are adults I use the same methods. I find out what their musical aspirations are and from there I design a course of study that balances methods and etudes and aural exercises that will quickly get the student to their desired ability.
Teaching Styles: I believe the best teachers are those who are able to understand the aspirations of their students and are able to give them the info and methods to acquire their dreams. I try to set student specific goals and learning paths to give them what they need. I view music as a form of communication like other languages. To be literate with a language, one must be able to understand it when they hear it, be able to say their own thoughts, be able to read written language, and write their own thoughts. I believe all of these skills are important when someone is learning music to be well rounded and literate. That's not to say x22everythingx22 must be known. But I believe students should have an understanding of fundamentals of music and how it applies to their musical genres and aspirations. My hope is to always give my students the knowledge they need to be able to express themselves as they desire.
Teaching Methods: My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music. We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient and not waste time. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.
Teaching Styles: I teach the basics of music and solfege theory so you can learn to play any music instrument
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Recorder, Fiddle, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon
Teaching Methods: Dr. Charles utilizes the best approach for students musical achievement. During his daily public service job, Dr. Charles teaches students ranging from ages 7-18. With this in mind, the best method is a method that allow students to grow musically while thinking critically.
Teaching Styles: Students taking lessons under the direction of Dr. Charles can expect to discuss theory and play instrument within the first 10 min of a session. Depending on the instrument, students may begin with warm-ups/rudimentary fundamentals. After warm-ups are completed, other lessons can range from etude practices, duets, scale memorization, tone developement, phrase awareness, plus many other elements that improves the students overall performance. In closing the lesson, students are given instructions that will be beneficial for the upcoming sessions.
Teaching Methods: I like to cater specific methods to each student because they all have different learning styles. I have had students that learned faster by aurally, rather than visually. Sometimes I like to combine ear training with learning new pieces rather than strict sheet music reading. Some students enjoy reading music and find that it is easier for them. Piano Adventures by Faber and Faber are one of my favorite method book series to go to when teaching piano. I also enjoy method books by Denes Agay.
Teaching Styles: All students learn at different paces and have different interests. I believe that it is important for a teacher to really tune in and learn about their student. That way, they are better informed to prepare lessons for that particular student. I encourage some parent participation and sitting-in during lessons to understand the basic concepts of what to practice and how to practice. Students should also be given a bit of leverage and autonomy when choosing music and what works for them.
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