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
Teaching Methods: My methods depend heavily on the age of the student and the level of student I am working with. An example would be the beginner level. For beginning students, I first focus on helping them understand their range (i.e. bass, tenor, alto, soprano) and important fundamentals of singing (i.e. loose jaw, full use of our body as support for our voice, relaxed tongue, proper breath support with the diaphragm, expansion of the ribs, proper body posture, etc). Once I feel the student has a solid understanding of these fundamentals, I move onto introducing them to repertoire that I think would help in putting these newly learned fundamentals into use as well as allowing them to expand their knowledge on other important factors of singing such as diction, pronunciation, phrasing, keeping a legato line, and possibly language skills depending on the piece. Over time I may even have them bring in pieces they may be interested in and work with them on understanding how they can incorporate these fundamentals and newly learned skills into the music that they love. No matter the age or level of the student I work with, I always try to inspire a sense of fun and excitement with my lessons and cheer them on in every new discovery they make, performance they do and piece they master.
Teaching Styles: Music should never be stressful to any degree. The goal is to share my love of music and singing with my students so that they may go on to share that passion with others or just to love this art form as much as I do. I am careful in noting a students' progress and am very attentive in what each student needs to succeed. I am a firm believer in the idea that EVERYONE can sing and the only thing holding us back is the lack of knowledge as to what barriers we need to drop and the things we need to do to be able to do so. This could come down to many factors including confidence in one's self to sing, lack of knowledge of proper vocal technique, lack of consistency in one's practice, lack of drive to continue on with vocal training, etc. I'm here to not only be a positive role model as to what one should do to have proper vocal technique and be able to sing freely with ease but I'm also here as a friend to encourage my students to strive to grow, to perform and to constantly work to improve oneself to reach their goals. I want what is best for my students and I will do what I can as a teacher to make sure this is achieved. I take into account my students' aspirations, goals, dreams, and potential to properly map out the steps they need to take and to know as a teacher what I can do to help them along the way.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: I have taken several courses in different music pedagogy and techniques as well as genres of music. Using the knowledge from these courses I have been enabled to form my philosophy of teaching to incorporate different teaching styles to help my students. I feel that the main prupose of these lessons is to aid the students in their needs and wants whether it is understanding certain parts of music theory, techniques, or just understanding the basics with a piece of music. Also, my students feel that they are able to come into a lesson with some ideas about what they want to get out of lesson while including my thoughts on what they need to work on.
Teaching Styles: My style is very interactive in not teaching the students, but demonstrating what are the proper ways to approach different praticing techniques and repertoire selections. With my vocal lessons I have students do proper warm-up techniques and various scales before we begin working on vocal selections. Afterwards I use repetition with the repertoire in order to help the students with skills that are needed to perform any particular piece including intonation, diction, and breathing. For my piano students, I use different method and technique books in order to help my students learn the basics. This includes how to properly read their sheet music so that they can pratice their skills by themselves. I also use repetition and demonstrate different pratice skills so that my students can further advance their piano skills. For both vocal and piano lessons I do demonstrate difficult parts of the music in order to help my students understand the music selection that they are working on.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar
Teaching Methods: When teaching, I have found that most students are either strong in reading or have a stronger musical ear, naturally. Each students learn differently and I believe it's very important to hone in on a student's learning style right away. I also use the Mel Bay method book as I believe reading is fundamental and helps to get the fingers strong enough to play chords so that we can learn songs.
Teaching Styles: As previously mentioned, I believe it is vitally important to find out how each student learns best. Each student is a challenge all on their own and figuring out how to best suit their musical needs and goals are what's it's all about. As a teacher it is my responsibility to work with the student to learn appropriate and enjoyable music to fill given skill levels.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Teaching Methods: All students come with different strengths and weaknesses so I decided what needs to be done after hearing them. Basic technique is very important to consistently sing in any style. A singer must have stable, and consistent breathing as well as proper vocal balance. I have a substantial number of excursuses to begin training these aspects with a singer at any level. I structure the first part of a lesson as technical work and the second half as repertoire. I will work on whatever type of music the students wants to work on.
Teaching Styles: My goal is always to make students self-sufficient. I want students to be able to warm-up, practice and improve on their own. I did not become a great singer until I learned how to workout problems for myself. I also want to see students gain confidence and believe that they can perform in public and accomplish their singing goals. Improving one's singing can be an avenue to gaining greater confidence in other aspects of life. It can help with social anxiety and make you more comfortable as a leader of people. It really does have the power to change your life in a way other instruments my not.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Drums, Bass Guitar
Teaching Methods: As a multi-instrumentalists, I use a cross disciplinary approach even when a student is only learning one instrument. I do make use of method books for beginners, and the specific book depends upon the instrument, but I have my own methods and materials which I utilize in my lessons. Building a repertoire is encouraged, and I use the material to assist in instructing in theory and musical communication. My students are taught to be self-sufficient, by way of practice, study, and cultivating an "ear."
Teaching Styles: I believe the student is there to find a passion. It is so important to find love for the art, and this is what I try to provide. A lead-by-example approach is the core of what I do. I "draw" the student toward their own voice. It is imperative to help them find their own "style." The greatest musicians are true originals; and so I do not encourage my students to follow in my footsteps, but to blaze their own trails.
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