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, Organ, Synthesizer
I believe that music instruction should not only be educational, but also enjoyable, exciting and rewarding. I encourage my students to practice on a regular basis, because it helps the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. by trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
I have been teaching sporadicaly since the age of 22, from both my home as well as studio locations. I worked at La Musique seven years ago, initially hired as a sub, and then hired on a more steady basis, as many students and parents were requesting me. They enjoyed my relaxed style and great sense of humor.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin
Teaching Methods: For piano beginners I use the Faber book series. I prefer these books because it gives a mixture of theory and technique that I think is essential to learn at an early stage.
For violin beginners I prefer to use the Suzuki Method books. These books are great because they get the student playing quickly, while still introducing the foundations of basic theory for reading music.
Beginning guitar is a little more flexible depending on the students goals and the styoe they would like to learn. In the past I have used Hal Leonard's book series, the Carcassi series, or created unique lesson by finding tabulature for songs the student was interested in.
Voice is also a more tailored experience based on students preferences and thanks to the ability to find sheet music for nearly everything online.
Teaching Styles: I do my best to tailor my style to each students specific needs and goals. In general, I am a very laidback and patient teacher. My students recieve clear and achievable goals at the end of each of their lessons to work on while they are practicing during the week. This enables students to be able to really see their own progress as the practice. I also believe in music lessons being an enjoyable experience for students so I include students in making the decision for what pieces they would like to learn. I really believe it's important for the student to be included in shaping the direction of lessons so that they have lessons that engage them and are enjoyable.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
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.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Potential students like to know what my approach is to both instruments. With my voice students, I begin with the 24 Italian arias. Also, I incorporate vocalises at the beginning of the lesson to warm up those vocal chords and get that diaphragm going. Students will catch on quickly to foreign language using a diction book, however Italian is learned first as it is full of vowels unlike German OR English! We choose from a variety of resources, as I do with piano students. Regarding the piano, I begin with the Alfred series, but again we will discuss and choose from a variety of resources. Mozart Little Fingers is a great book for the very young pianist as it utilizes numbers and colors to learn the piano keyboard.
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