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, Drums
Teaching Methods: I find the Hal Leonard Series works as a tool for helping students understand musical concepts right away. For students who are more advanced I will plan their lessons based on what their goals are. Every student is different: Some want to compete in recitals, some want to play for their friends and family when they come over, some want to compose their own musical pieces, some people just wanna jam! Part of my job is to help the student figure out what exactly it is they want to do with music in the first place.
Teaching Styles: More than anything music should be fun. The greatest musicians are the ones who enjoy playing music even when they're just practicing. I like to teach in a way that involves asking the student questions in order to get them to figure out the answer for themself, rather than just lecturing the whole time while they start daydreaming! This way the student is more involved in the learning process and it can make their time spent learning an instrument more worth it.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums
Teaching Methods: On every instrument that I teach I place great importance on fundamentals, especially developing a deep sense of rhythm. Whether a novice student is learning basic concepts for the first time or an advanced student is maintaining their musical foundation, a short routine of very simple warmups is essential and is also a beautiful way to connect to the instrument every time we sit down to it.For young beginners on piano and guitar I start with the Faber Piano Adventure series and the FJH Young Beginners series - for young drum students I use Alfred's beginners drum set book. For older students my approach will depend on the interest of the student and will draw on a variety of books/pieces/hand written exercises and ideas. I will often work with more advanced students to help them develop their own exercises when they have a problem they want to address - it is very valuable to learn to teach yourself your instrument as well!
Teaching Styles: To me it is very important to balance the technical and creative aspects of development. No matter what age/skill level I split time during lessons into activities that develop technique and language, and compositional, creative activities that help each student explore their instrument and what they have to say with it. This balance can be altered depending on the interests of the student or parent. I also encourage students to bring in songs that they want to learn/play along with to keep the lessons relevant to their musical interests. Learning to pick things up by ear is a great skill to develop!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Teaching Methods: My methodology is based on the student's goals and desires. For guitar, I prefer to start with an understanding of the strings and notes rather than jumping straight into chords. That way the student has an understanding of the building blocks first. From there we can progress to timing, chords, strumming patterns, and so on, depending on the ability of the student. For voice, my teaching is based off of a combination of many methods I've learned over the years, from Speech Level Singing, to Classical/Bel Canto, to Ken Tamplin/Phil Moufarrege style teaching. What it boils down to is good posture, proper breathing, healthy support, efficient vocal cord closure, and exercises designed to strengthen and stretch the voice. For piano, I teach primarily from the standpoint of the theory behind music, since piano is such an excellent instrument with which to "see" music. Then we can take that music theory knowledge and use it one step further to learn how to compose music. The student will even find that they discover new and more colorful ways to play the repertoire they already enjoy.
Teaching Styles: I love seeing people succeed. My whole philosophy of teaching revolves around the idea of having students discover the answers for themselves - to realize, in some sense, that they knew the answer all along. Yes, I guide students to where they need to be, but my approach is one of "teaching a man to fish" rather than merely giving all of the answers away. I ask questions that help students to think and recall what they've learned, as well as work through new problems to see how they can be solved. The big thing is understanding "why" things work the way they do, and not just "how." That way, at the end of the day, if students grasp the "why," they find that they have the tools they need to succeed and grow on their own, even when I'm no longer present.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Flute, Recorder
Teaching Methods: After I get to know each student, I select the sheet music and/or books that I think will best suit the student's needs and interests. I also incorporate music theory, and if I can't find something just right for a student, I will combine methods or create materials myself. In addition to traditional method books, I encourage students to learn through watching and listening to recordings of themselves and other musicians. Playing or singing music with other people is another great way to develop musical skills, so I assist my students in finding or creating musical groups that fit their interests.
Teaching Styles: I want students to know their personal strengths, so I use lots of specific praise for both natural abilities and for things they've worked hard to achieve. In order to help students develop independent thinking skills, I ask as many questions as I can instead of just telling them how to do things. It’s crucial that my students to know how and what to practice, so I demonstrate and describe the most effective and efficient ways to develop musicianship. Then I write down what we’ve covered on an assignment sheet they can use as a reference at home. Finally, and most importantly, I want lessons to be fun for all of my students (and for me!), so I keep things moving in a friendly, relaxed way.
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