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, Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: For piano students, I like to use the Alfred courses. This method is great because they have courses of study for all ages and levels, and students can progress through several courses throughout their study. For flute/clarinet students, I like to start with either Hal Leonard's Essential Elements or the Rubank methods books. Once students have moved beyond the basics, I like to introduce solo repertoire that is appropriate for their level. I will also pair the solo material with technique exercises designed to solidify their fingerings, scales, rhythm reading, etc, that will enhance their ability to play their solo pieces.
Teaching Styles: I like to have a balance in my lessons between fun and challenge. I do this by setting realistic goals each week for my students, dependent on their level of perfomance and the pace that they are progressing. Not everyone will progress at the same pace, and I feel that it is more important for a student to master a particular lesson than to move quickly through the lesson book. I want my students to be able to experience the satisfaction that comes from working hard at something. My ultimate goal is to not only foster a love and appreciation of music in my students, but also to develop a strong work ethic and sense of accomplishment.
Instruments: Piano, Synthesizer
Teaching Methods: I like to custom-tailor my lessons to the age, ability and interests of each student. That being said, I generally like to use Alfred Piano Method books for beginning students to teach the fundamentals of piano and music theory. When applicable, I supplement the method learning with solo pieces catered to a student's musical taste, but I do feel that certain classical repertoire is essential in becoming a great pianist. I also emphasize technical abillty with exercise books from composers like Hanon and Czerny to create solid finger/hand dexterity and strength. I always make sure that my students are engaged and excited about their lessons and the music they are playing, regardless of their age and ability level.
Teaching Styles: The biggest discouragement factor for a student is not seeing (or in this case, hearing) progress and acheiving results. For this reason, I am a strong believer in setting realistic goals for each lesson that help keep my students motivated and excited to practice and learn. I feel it is important not to overwhelm a student, and I teach accordingly. Different students excel in different areas of learning and may need to take more time in others. I always acknowledge a student's progress and achievements - positve affirmation, realistic expectations and sincere encouragement are, in my opinion, the keys to a piano student's success!
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: Beginning students for woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone) usually start with the Essential Elements book. As they advance the next books are usually Breeze Easy book 2 followed by the Rubank Intermediate and Advanced Methods. Advanced students will break into instrument specific methods. Flute with use methods such as The Melodious Studies and Pares scales books, clarinets with use the Klose books and Saxophone students will use Ferling and Klose studies. Students wishing to study jazz methods will use either the Jim Snidero or Walt Weiskopf methods. For piano students, I usually begin with the Alfred studies and select a book based on the students skill level or age. In addition, I will often provide sight reading studies as supplemental materials during lessons.
Teaching Styles: My ultimate goal as a teacher is to create independent musicians capable of creative thinking and musicality long after they have left my studio. While reading the notes and rhythms is obviously important, understanding why those notes, rhythms or markings are in the music will help students develop and learn musicianship skills that are often overlooked. Providing students with performance opportunities and sharing my passion for music help students stay encouraged and become creative and independent thinkers not just in music, but other areas of life as well.
Instruments: Piano, Organ, Synthesizer
Teaching Methods: My Custom (for each student) Method Alfred’s Basic Piano Course Lesson Series Alfred’s Basic Piano Course Theory Series Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Book 1 Faber Music Piano Adventures
Teaching Styles: FUN AND ENCOURAGING DISCIPLINE.
Teaching Methods: Faber - John Thompson - Bastien - Alfred - Hal Leonard etc
Shirley tries to fit the student to the method. Every method doesn't work for every one. Age and experience and ability all play important factors into the method that is used for you or your child personally.
Teaching Styles: A lesson starts with warm-up and theory assignments being graded. Then proceeds to Songs and review of new material ending on any questions that may be asked. A through understanding and reading skills are mandatory to progress.
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