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, Trumpet, Trombone
My methods are as easy as one could find. Mainly I will present the weekly lesson plan, offer feasible ways to secure the instructional material and allow the student time to pace their practice time. I use no harsh language nor emotional weight which would cause the student to feel failure. I encourage students at all costs.
I teach courses and lessons in piano, music theory and music appreciation at Volunteer State Community College at the rank of Assistant Professor (five years now). I taught courses in music theory while earning my Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (1997-2000). My experience as a professional pianist includes: serving with the 101st Division Band (Army) as a pianist (1982-85), staff accompanist at East Tennessee State University (1993), and collaborative pianist for the Interlochen Arts Camp (summer of 2011).
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Organ, Recorder, French Horn, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon
I have developed my own beginning teaching materials. I also use popular method books for intermediate and advanced levels. I give a fall and spring recital in which all students are encouraged and motivated to participate in. I believe in motivated engaging lessons that produce a fun and enjoyable time at all skill levels.
Teaching Methods: For beginning and intermediate students who are children, I typically use The Bastien Piano Basics or Alfred’s Basic Piano Library. I use theory & technic books that go along with each lesson. For older students and adults I use curricula I think will best meet the students needs. Students will be given pieces outside of their lesson books that are challenging and fun to play as well as being level appropriate. Learning to make music with others is important too, so I encourage duet playing very early on. As the students progress, they will be given solo repertoire that will make them feel proud of their progress. Each student is unique and will have specific needs. I take students where they are, discover their interests and skills in music, and then take them on a musical journey I hope enriches their life. I use games and fun to teach the fundamentals of music and piano playing. At the end of the semester, I encourage my students to perform a recital piece they have mastered so they can feel good about their accomplishments.
Teaching Styles: Learning how to make music should always be fun! I love to work with students and find out what they love most about music and then help them be creative with the skills that I teach them. Learning to play the piano can be hard work at times, but it should never be something to dread. My responsibility and privilege is to inspire students to fall in love with creating music.
One of my greatest joys in teaching is seeing the "light bulb" go off; to see the "aha" moment when a student understands a concept I have been teaching her/him. I enjoy watching my students achieve goals previously thought to be unattainable. I make every effort to individualize my teaching style to meet the needs and personality of each student. I continue to learn by reading various music trade magazines, attending workshops, meetings and conventions. I enjoy teaching various types of piano music.
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