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, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Piccolo, Oboe
Over the years my teaching style has become more efficient and effetive through my various steps of educating myself to prepare for the ever changing education feild. Mr. Christopher Castro, since becoming a part of the South Florida Community, has performed alongside great musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Gary Keller, Carlos Averhoff, Gary Campbell, Dave Fernandez, Ed Maina, Jon Faddis, Paquito D’ Rivera, Dave Samuels, Giovanni Hidalgo, Donna Campbell, Ashley Curruthers, and Roland Storm. He has also been a lead instrumentalist in the FIU Marching Band, FIU Pep Band, FIU Big Band, FIU Latin Jazz Band, FIU Wind Ensemble, FIU Symphony Band, & FIU Studio Jazz Quartet. He has continued his professional career by fulfilling his childhood dream of being a soldier in the United States Army. A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Mr. Castro used his talents in attending the Army School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia and performing in U.S. Army Bands for over 4 years later serving in a combat infantry and military intelligence battalion earning the rank of Sergeant. He currently is an Assistant Conductor at Florida International University earned his second Master's Degree of Instrumental Conducting after graduating in 2014 with a Masters of Music Education. As an Assistant Conductor of Winds, Mr. Castro worked alongside Dr. Brenton Alston (Director of Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds) conducting the ensembles and also assisted as an instructor for many courses at FIU. He has also earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Instrumental Performance with Jazz Emphasis. Mr. Castro often travels the world performing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines Corporation and around the world as a guest artist with many orchestras. Mr. Castro continues to be involved heavily in all aspects of musical education for all age groups in the South Florida Area, volunteering his time to helping students in the South Florida area achieve a higher level of success with his knowledge and experience. Mr. Castro’s experience includes being the Director of music at Palmetto Middle School where in his first year has led the program to straight superior ratings at district festival and Best in Show in International Competition. He has been the Director of Music at Cutler Bay Middle School where he has lead the program in its resurgence of music being awarded over 80,000 dollars in a Mr. Hollands Opus Grant Foundation Grant. Mr. Castro has incorporated the renown Guitars over Guns Organization leading to the donation of more than 20 new guitars and private vocal and guitars lessons for each student free of charge. He Leads a full Band & Chorus program of over 200 students in an underserved community of Miami- Dade County where many of his alumni are currently accepted in the top magnet schools of South Florida for music, as a result of his success at Cutler Bay he was Named Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. Mr. Castro has dedicated much of his time to many new research avenues in music and education throughout the world, specifically leading in the research of improvisation through creative practices and continues to be involved heavily in Music Performance and Education throughout the world.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar
Setting realistic goals for each individual student is important. Allowing them to practice at their own pace and rewarding them for their efforts is the key to a happy student. The positivity also allows them to absorb the material better, and creates a hunger to learn. I trust all my students to practice the material on their own time as expected. There is limited time in each lesson so practicing at home and presenting any questions to me is a must. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing my student achieve at something they’ve been struggling with all because they practiced. Each student has different feats to conquer and it is my job to understand and correctly provide the tools necessary to do so.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Recorder, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
I try to be clear and not double work, every person is different, so, we have to set a clear goal and then design a plan involving personalized exercises and most of all learning through music pieces, songs, fragments, focusing in different approaches to our goal. Always avoiding tiredness and having fun. Of course, there is always a hard part, difficulties and limitations are in the way but I think that is a matter of getting there naturally, work can be fun, and we learn better when we enjoy it!
Teaching Methods: I tailor my lesson plans for each individual student. My teaching style is thorough, kind, and patient. I lay a firm theoretical basis and build music making on that. My approach is classical in style, but if a student shows an affinity for another style of music I will incorporate that style into the lessons as well in order to facilitate the most enjoyable and effective learning experience possible.
Teaching Styles: It is very important to me that I approach each student as a unique individual, each with his or her own learning style and personality. I strive to create a positive, supportive yet very focused teaching situation with my students. I have learned through years of study and professional work that creating a comfortable student - teacher working relationship is imperative to being able to lay a successful foundation on which to build a love of music.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone
Most importantly, my role is to instill a passion for music while developing my students' technique based on the progressive acquisition of music knowledge. My first step is to determine the student's level starting with their knowledge of major/minor scales, to understand how long they have been playing and being taught. Also important is to know their own objectives of what they want to achieve. Based on this I will set a program with goals. I may use different books and learning devices to further help the student. At the end of each tutoring session I will assign practice work to be done before the following session.
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