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.
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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 students who are children, I utilize the Alfred and Bastien lesson book series. When the student has grasped basic fundamentals, I move away from the method books and into appropriate solo repertoire. For adults, I create custom plans and materials to guide my instruction according to the student's interests and goals.
Teaching Styles: I develop a lesson plan before every lesson and set realistic goals for each of my students. I spend the first couple of lessons assessing what kind of learner a new student is, that way I can cater more closely to their learning style.
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, French Horn
Teaching Methods: My dad employed a very competitive method on me and my siblings when teaching us piano. And although it worked on me, it caused my brother to quit piano. I have learned through my teaching experience that some students need a push and some need a pull. Every student is unique. I admit that I am the most successful with a competitive method. The "I bet you can't play that right" method. I find that it drives the student to learn the instrument for himself. And as the student wants, more and more, to prove that he can "beat the instrument," he begins to work at it in ways that I can't teach. Learning an instrument is more than showing up for one hour each week. Practice is everything. I feel that my methodology encourages students to take on the instrument head on and learn how to solve problems on their own so that they can practice and improve more quickly. That being said, I am capable of kindness and I am very perceptive to when a student needs a "good job," rather than a "try harder."
Teaching Styles: My lessons are very structured, but within the structure is a lot of freedom. An hour long lesson might look something like this: First 10 min.: Warm-ups, discussion about posture, hand position and muscular/skeletal health while playing. Next 10 min.: Performance of previous weeks assignments, with discussion about whether preparation was adequate, what was missed (usually dynamics and other articulations) and what could be done to improve. Next 10 min.: Based half on performance and half on my own ideas, work on a number of techniques to strengthen the weaknesses the student is facing. This could range from working on a particular scale to solidify thumb crossover, to working on the use of a pick on guitar. Next 10 min.: Discuss assignment for next week and choose songs that would be beneficial. Assignment usually consists of 1 technical work, 1 musical work and 1 free choice. Next 10 min.: Monitored practice time. This a chance for me to see how the student is practicing when I'm not there and correcting mistakes before they can become habits. Usually involves forcing student to use a metronome, teaching the student to slow down when a piece is too difficult a tempo, and making sure the student is addressing problem areas of a piece rather than starting at the beginning every time. Last 10 min.: Improvisation. This covers a broad range of subject matter. It might involve me playing something like chords while the student improvises. This is a chance for me to try and hear the student's natural musical voice. I also use this opportunity to explain to more advanced students, which scales can go with which chords. This includes pentatonic scales, blues scales and for the most advanced, different modal scales. For a shorter lesson, usually these would be cut relatively. For 30 minute lessons (which I don't recommend) certain steps get combined which gets the job done, but not in the most ideal manner.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Recorder
Teaching Methods: Throughout the many years of teaching, I have compiled my own method exercises from different schools (American, Japanese, and British). For younger students, I usually work comprehensively on technique, music literacy, music theory and ear training. For adults, our lessons will be driven by your goals - we can work on repertoires, technique, arranging, transposition, sight reading, improvisation, etc. I encourage students to take their own notes and use technology to practice. Yes, there will be a practice log! It's fun but it's also a commitment.
Teaching Styles: Everyone can learn music but I recognize people learn differently. I am very positive and supportive, so don't worry if you have not played or sung before. In my master's degree study, I've done research on how to motivate different types of learners: visual, kinesthetic, aural and analytical - these are all intelligences; not one is better than the other. Which style I use depends on how you learn best.
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