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, Guitar, Trumpet
Teaching Methods: In teaching instruments, I tend to focus on the fundamentals of music that produce an excellent tone with the proper technique. The student should also learn how their instrument works, and effortless playing techniques that allow for a wide variety of tone and dynamics. With jazz students, I teach listeneing skills as well as fundamental elements of jazz theory including chord/scale relationship, melodies and tune learning, one and two handed voicings, articulation and dynamics, and a honed sence of time. Even at the most elemental level, these elements are important and attainable. An understanding of these aspects of music will allow greater freedom of expression and passion for the student/performer.
Teaching Styles: I love to challenge and enlighten students while creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of music. Developing the students into fantastic performers and listeners, while helping them develop a passion for music is the most satisfying and rewarding benefit of teaching. I take a hands-on approach, while allowing the students to explore and progress at their own pace. Goals are set and achieved by both the teacher and the student, and the excitement about learning must be present at any level or period of learning. Music is supposed to be fun, and I try my hardest to make that happen for all involved!
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: For voice I create my own custon lesson plans and use a variety of materials. Students will work on a great variety of repetorie from pop to renaissance. Students are encourgaed to learn to read music, with a great emphasis placed upon practical music theory. I aim to develop intellegent musical artists, foscuing upon intrepretation, critical thinking, historical considerations and creativity. For piano I general use the Faber and Faber method books unless I feel that a particular method would better benefit a specific student.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is fast paced and dynamic quickly adapting to the needs of the individual student. I challenge my students by moving quickly through material but also ensure that lessons are fun and that music can be a means of relaxation. I adapt each lesson for the individual, their interests and their needs.
Teaching Methods: I always enphsize of good technique postuer and repitition, Practice makes perfect. I use Oxford and Hannon music books. My students must have a strong foundation in all the standard classical theory and harmony so they can apply it to all styles of music be it classical.jazz, old standards or current pop styles. Later on I have them read from the Jazz realbook as well as pop and variety songbooks
Teaching Styles: Most of my students want to focus on playing popular standards be it old or current. .My vast repitore gives me the ability to teach them very quickly these pieces if they are at that level of study. I always make sure they are understanding what their playing on a melodic and harmonic level. In other words not just playing by ear, but know the music theory of what they are performing.
Teaching Methods: I adapt to each student's needs and wants. I use a combination of method books and repetoire from different genres or from student interest. For beggining students I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library. When I started lessons this was the method that was used. I also use the Faber Piano Adventures. For adults I use Alfred Adult Basic Piano Course. This method is more fast paced and is better for adults. In every method I incorporate all fields of music, such as theory, technique, composition, improvisation, etc.
Teaching Styles: The most important thing is that my student's are having fun. I love seeing my students improve and gain confidence. I try to build a relationship with my students with a relaxed and encouraging environment. It is so easy for students to lose interest, so I push my students to take on challenges and to celebrate when those challenges are conquered.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Teaching Methods: For Beginning Students ages 8-14, I typically start with the basics of how to take care of their instrument, how to take the instrument out of its case, etc... I don't start with notation or reading just yet. I start with the basics of sound production and teach a simple song like " twinkle, twinkle little star" or "mary had a little lamb". Then we progress to a book like Essential Elements for their instrument or whatever their band or orchestra teacher is having them do during the school day. Once a student has progessed far enough through fundamentals of playing I introduce them to some solo literature that is a mixture of pop, jazz and classical pieces. For Students ages 15-18. I find out what their abilities are and tailor instruction to their needs. I assign etudes, some pop/jazz related items and solo. Also, if they are working towards particular goal like: Solo & Ensemble, All-State, All Region and similar goals. For Adult students: I try to find out what they want to learn and guide them accordingly.
Teaching Styles: I try to find out what interests the student has and tailor my instruction to their needs. Again, goal setting is important for a young student as it helps them to focus on what they need to work on to improve. The better they sound and the more skill they have the better they will perform and will motivate them more than I or you ever could. Anyone can learn how to play an instrument but a key element to playing well is desire. Practice is hard work but if it is focused and you chip away at those goals, you will get better and more confident. Nothing is more rewarding than expressing yourself through music or sometype of art. The better you get the more you will want to share it with others.
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