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, Drums, Bass Guitar, Latin Percussion
Teaching Methods: For beginner students, by starting from rhythmic concepts, no matter which instrument student plays, they will have a sense of rhythm, groove and time, which is the most important thing in music. Even if you play the wrong notes in the right time, it will sound ok, but the opposite is not possible. From there, I wil teach the student a fundemental understanding of melody, both by ear exercise and sight reading. And then we will build on harmony and we can move to learn about playing in the styles the student is interested in. For upper level students we can customize depending on what specific styles they are looking to learn.
Teaching Styles: I like by teaching everything simple and plain: even making the most complex concepts really simple, by making it intuitive. The student will learn everything by playing songs, that way, even if we are learning about the most complex concepts, it will be fun and they probably won't even realize how far they come!
Teaching Methods: With beginners I used methods such as Alfred’s and Piano Adventures. But now I use only Piano Adventures because I believe Piano Adventures are more gradual in the level of difficulty and consider specific motions of both hands that apply only to piano students and better suited to seamlessly develop students’ pianistic skills. With intermediate students depending on students' taste, I use excerpts from movies, TV shows and musicals as well as classical sonatas, etudes, variations and etc.
Teaching Styles: I find each student unique and they response differently to my requests or questions. I feel that I very often need to react spontaneously to their responses. We usually treat the word “fun” as an opposite to “serious”. When it comes to learning I believe they are the synonyms. Although I try to make the learning process as easy as possible, it is hard to have a fun unless you get focused and serious about what you learn. With the beginners I mainly focus on reading musical notes and learning correct rhythms. Even with the beginners I incorporate basic theory and phrasing in the lessons because it makes them understand the underlying structure of the music and give them a better idea how to play certain phrases. As they advance beyond the basics I emphasize the appropriate tone color and expression of musical phrases by various articulations through proper use of fingers, hands and arms. There is a saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I sometimes play for them to show how some passages should be played. Some of my students pick it up right away.
Instruments: Piano, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: I do not have a set typical method I use for all my students because everyone is different. I begin with assessing a new student to find what their goals are and their commitment level is. All of my students find their lessons to be challenging, but my goal is to also provide them with a nurturing and creative atmoshpere. My students find that they make significant improvement every week.
Teaching Styles: My goal is to teach my students to be musicians, and for them to walk away every week with a deeper appreciation for music. I believe in nurturing all my students' creativity while challenging their skills to help them achieve their goals. I continuously acknowledge their achievements, but will remind them of what needs improvement. My students are given multiple opportunities to perform as a soloist or as part of a small ensemble in recitals throughout the year.
Teaching Methods: For beginning children, I use the performance and popular books from Faber and Faber performance and popular books. I supplement that with my own theory games and other fun pieces. Students who are not beginners have lessons tailored to their needs, such as more classical repertoire and some improvising to get into popular lead sheets. These lessons fit the interests of the students. For adults, I figure out what they are wanting to get out of the lesson in picking music and instruction. Throughout, the goal is for lessons to keep it playful, because we all began playing music because we loved it!
Teaching Styles: All of my performing and teaching serves one main purpose - to inspire in others a love and appreciate for music. I expect much of myself, but very little of my students other than that they practice and continue loving music. I want to teach so that my students see progress and success from lesson to lesson. It may be smaller steps, but there are always things a teacher can applaud!
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: Lessons begin with warm ups to strengthen muscles, dexterity, and pitch accurancy. Following that, we sing a selction of songs, some the student suggests, and others I suggest to try and improve certain aspects of their development. We work on everything from musical theater to classical to country to R&B, whichever genre they are the most interested in!
Teaching Styles: I like my students to feel very comfortable with me and I like to create a long term relationship with them, but I also like to prepare them very thoroughly for whatever auditions or performances they have in the future.
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