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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As a teacher, Dorian specializes in many styles, from Baroque masters Bach and Vivaldi to contemporary artists such as Adams and Glass, to the heart of New Orleans with The American Song Book to contemporary jazz artist like Bobby Selvaggio, Dmitri Kolesnik and Ron Petrides, and in all styles of dance accompaniment, whether it be Ballet, Graham, Limón, etc. He is also an expert in electronic music and film music.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola
Most of my beginner students are children from grade 3 to 8 who play violin or viola, and I usually begin by building their physical fundamentals (how to hold the instrument and the bow, how to stand, etc.). I find that having visual imagery can be helpful to the studnets, for example, asking the student's fingers to form a tunnel on the fingerboard to prevent their fingers from collapsing. After that, I teach a scale and write down a well-known tune (Twinkle Twinkle or Mary Had a Little Lamb) that corresponds the notes to that scale. My goal for these students is for them to be able to play any tune on the page comfortably by themselves. For my more advanced students, I concentrate on more technical aspects of playing, namely intonation, rhythem, and posture by using exercises from Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, Samuel Applebaum's String Builder, and the Suzuki books. I also begin to introduce musical aspects of playing, namely phrasing, dynamics, and articulation. For my advanced students, I introduce them to an early classical work or Baroque work, and supplement exercises that aid in the learning the piece. I also coach professional players who are looking to apply for music schools, competitions, and auditions.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Teaching Methods: Piano - For beginners and intermediate students I use Hal Leonard's Student Piano Series. Once a certain level is attained, we look at adding repertoire the student might wish to play and if necessary, finding simple arrangements, or re-arranging work myself. For more advanced students, we pick pieces together to include a repertoire of pieces that the student will enjoy and is eager to learn, as well as pieces that may present a challenge, or assist in working on an area of weakness.
Flute - Students work from the Trevor Wye Student series and A Tune A Day. At the completion of these methods we work on a broad range of repertoire including modern and popular arrangements in addition to the traditional classical works. At advanced levels we work on musicality and expanding the repertoire of the individual student.
Voice - Each lesson is divided between technique and repertoire. We work on exercises including, but not limited to, breathing, expanding range and building strength and stamina. At any one time we will be coaching on two pieces, one selected by the student and one selected by the teacher. These pieces will be selected to help work on weaknesses. The work will include coaching on vowels and diction, musicality and storytelling among other things. My area of expertise is musical theatre however I also have experience teaching light classical and pop vocals as well.
Teaching Styles: Watching a student grow to love music is the most rewarding thing I can ask for as a teacher. This may result in a student wishing to pursue music professionally, or simply to play at home - whatever the result, if a student loves music then I am doing my job well. Each student develops and progresses differently and it is important to me to get to know each student and tailor a program that is correct for them.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Ukulele
Lesson materials vary from student to student, as I like to tailor these to each student's specific needs and abilities. For both childen and adults, playing preferred material is always very motivating, so I try to incorporate their preferences as much as possible!
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: My methods are a little unorthodox in that I wholeheartedly believe in the value of being able to sing everything that you play. Music is usually taught by muscle memory, but learning music this way bypasses the crucial part of what allows us to enjoy it: our ears. By learning to sing everything before playing it on the instrument, the student forms a connection with the music first, which allows he or she to transfer it to the instrument easier.
Teaching Styles: I never give out assignments, only suggestions. I have found that the only way a student will work on something is if the student finds the work beneficial or enjoyable. The student is under no obligation to do things he or she does not enjoy, but is encouraged to take my suggestion to see if he or she enjoys working on the particular topic. If the student does not enjoy the topic, I can give them another suggestion to work on.
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