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, Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo
Teaching Methods: I focus on the student's strengths and interests when developing an individualized curriculum for the student. I believe that it is essential to begin by learning how to play scales and to learn different modes of those scales. However, I also believe that music should be fun and challenging. Therefore, if the student has a particular piece that they would like to learn, then we will work on gaining the skills to be able to learn that particular piece.
Teaching Styles: It is important to create individualized goals with the student but also realize that these goals can change depending on how the student progresses. It is good to continually move forward while also revisiting and reviewing basic concepts that all other music is based on such as scales, chords, sound, and technique.
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, Synthesizer
Teaching Methods: For beginner students I start with basics. Keys, lines, spaces, sharps, flats, etc. I typically recommend a basic beginner level at the child or adult level. For students wanting to play by ear I teach chords and rythym including phrasing, fill ins, intro's, ending, the utilization of transposing etc.
Teaching Styles: I typically start my lessons with something positive about the day and start with scales. I am very laid back and let children (if they're taking the lesson) enjoy themselves and have fun because piano should be fun, as it is very rewarding to those who play well. For adults I gather from what the student is able to do on the piano from the first lesson and then go from there. If the student has never sat at a piano we go from there and if the student has some knowledge or more then I start teaching where they are.
Teaching Methods: Most of my students use Alfred's Piano Course. After just a few lessons, we add in additional books and songs to expose the student to as much music as possible. I believe that the more music a student is exposed to, the better a musician he or she becomes. With the exception of recital pieces, I rarely spend more than a few weeks on one song, but instead focus on guiding students to play a wide variety of music at their level. Piano lessons should be engaging and exciting, no matter a student's level!
Teaching Styles: I am not a passive bystander at lessons; I jump right into the music and guide students on how to best read and play each song. A theory-centered approach to piano is very important. When your child takes lessons, he or she won't merely learn how to play piano, but how to understand and love all music. Every child is capable of learning how to play piano and of being proud of what they have accomplished. My job is to harness the innate ability hidden within each student, and help them accomplish reasonable goals to inspire a lifetime of music.
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.
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