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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Teaching Methods: I teach classical music exclusively. My strategy for utterly inexperienced students is to remove from the equation the difficulty of reading a music score, and just allow the hands to "learn" the keyboard by having the student repeating short musical sentences (either preexisting or improvised by me on the spot). Once familiarity with the keyboard has been achieved, or if the student already reads music, we move on to his or her first book, and I tend to favor Nancy and Randall Faber's Piano Adventures. Then, as the student's ability grows and confidence builds, we move on to Carl Czerny's short and easy Études and easy pieces by J. S. Bach and other composers.
Teaching Styles: My favorite part of teaching is witnessing the student's joy as he or she plays his or her first piece from beginning to end with full confidence. In order to achieve this I provide as much encouragement as possible in well performed passages, and zero-in on trickier passages. I require that my students practice as regularly as possible and most of their assigned homework consists in suggesting strategies or exercises to master those trickier passages as soon as possible and move on to even trickier ones.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Teaching Methods: I do like to lean on the Berklee methods but do supplement these materials with a good deal of additional material in theory and chords. Everyone is different so the approach depends on the individual.
Teaching Styles: I like to get results as soon as possible and stress the fundamentals as they never vary. My goal is to eventually get you playing what you'd like to be playing as soon as possible! We need to be realistic where this is concerned, but your successes will make you want to keep moving forward! Getting to where you want to be musically is the ultimate goal for both you and I.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Teaching Methods: Piano Lessons: For a k-8 beginner I start with the Hal Leonard piano books: Technique, Piano Lesson and Performance books, in addition to the Scale book. I teach a European hand technique which is taught in the Hal Leonard books as well. In my teaching style, a correct hand technique is very important and I put a great emphasis in it. And I expect my students to take it serious. I also apply Alexander technique in my teaching, when necessary, for hand or neck tension. For adult beginners I start with the Bastien book series. Depending on the level of my students, I choose some pieces of the “ A First Book of Classical Music” or an original score from a specific composer. If the student has a favorite song, I will work on that piece as well. Voice Lessons: I teach musical theatre, pop and classical repertoire. My voice students age from 5 years old to 50 years old. I teach based upon the favorite genre of my students. For example I teach simple Disney songs to my younger kids, musical theatre and pop songs to my teenage students and classical repertoire to the students who are interested in learning the classical repertoire. The voice techniques that I teach are the standard techniques being taught in the US. In my teaching philosophy, singing should be easy, correct, without throat tension. I also work on the characterization of the piece, which is an important element of joy in singing. For children under 5, I teach toddler group music lessons and I work on some toddler tunes with them. Flute Lessons: I teach the recorder and the flute. The first few sessions of learning the flute will be spent on getting familiar with the instrument, how to hold the flute, fingerings and how to blow air in the flute. Therefore a beginner student must have the patient to learn this instrument. Correct hand gesture is essential in playing the flute and I won’t let my students play the flute with a wrong hand gesture, because it may result in muscular or nerve pains. I start teaching the flute with the Hal Leonard Play Flute Today! series. In addition to Hal Leonard series, I teach some finger techniques from the Marcel Moyse technique books. There are varieties of flute scores and if a student is interested in a specific song, I would work on that song. As the student improves and goes to a higher level of musicianship, I will work on original scores of different composers.
Teaching Styles: “Music, life and joy are three un-separable concepts. The balance of these three will make one, a professional and a true happy musician. I love teaching music to any ages, since I always learn something from the students, which I could not learn in any other ways. I enjoy the process of learning, teaching and observing. My main goal in teaching music is to make the student realize and experience this important fact: One should enjoy playing music internally through her/his body cells and feel a life-like desire to perform. Studying the brilliant Dalcroze method, I apply the Dalcrozian methods in my teachings, which have a magical effect!”
Teaching Methods: For young beginners, I like to use the Bastien Piano Basics lesson books to begin working on finger independence and reading, supplemented by reading flashcards and games. Once the student has a good start reading music, I use a more eclectic approach based on the student's interests and goals. I find that students progress quickly when they are able to put new concepts into practice in the context of songs that they ask to play. I also include classical repertoire to introduce the student to new music and give him or her a well-rounded experience.
Teaching Styles: I believe that my job is first and foremost to encourage students and inspire a love of playing the piano. To this end I help students seek out music and set goals based on their interests. I love recognizing students' accomplishments and progress, and I make an effort to show them how far they progress and how much they are capable of. I encourage students both to ask for music that they'd like to play in lessons, and to try new things such as classical repertoire and other styles. I think that this approach provides a well-rounded (and fun!) musical education that will keep the student engaged.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums
Teaching Methods: Of course, every student is different, and an integral part of my philosophy involves getting to know each student so that I may learn their creative preferences, strengths, and weaknessness. I do not shy away from books, I do indeed enjoy working out of the Hal Leonard collection because I appreciate the step by step structure. This may apply less to guitar, however, if the student's primary ambitions are to learn songs by Green Day or The Beatles, etc. Jazz music has its own rather extensive work load, which differers greatly from classical and rock, but I hope very much to put my qualification in this realm to good use very soon. Typically, I like to break the lesson up with a healthy balance of techique (scales, chords, etc), interpretation (etudes, pieces), and creativity (free play, improvisation, composition, etc.)
Teaching Styles: My main objective is to steer the pupil towards a place of autonomy so they are able to solve music related problems on their own and develop the intrinsic ability already present within themselves. It is important to be able to read music, notes and rhythms etc., due to the innumberable and undeniable advantages to being musically literate (this of course extends to, depending on the level of the student, music history and theory as well). Having said that, possibly an even more pressing skill would be to be equppied, physically and intelectually, to play along with an impromtu music session, or "jam." If, say, a former clarinet student of mine should find him or herelf in the company of a strumming acoustic guitarist, it is my hope that they will be condfident and able to contribute musically and sensibly without the need for sheet music. This is why I try to not ignore the deeper, more holistic aspects of the art, which is why I emphasize composition in my lessons. I will compose for my students pieces that highlight something they are working on, but I will also assign compositions for my students because kids love it and creativity yields a deeper connection to any given subject than, say, rote memorization. I love kids and do not stifle their creativity, without steering too far away from the task at hand, I like to listen to what they have to say because you never know what valuable information you may learn about their present perspective.
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