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, Organ
My philosophy of music education is of a well-rounded, spiral shaped model where the student receives the information they need to know on several occasions, so as to make the facts become knowledge. I believe that music education should incorporate both performance and notation devices so the student is accustomed to all aspects of musicianship. Children are unique and precious with their own potential and power. Therefore, each student should be judged and treated in a different manor albeit unfair for the “top students.” Each child should be able to know and understand each guideline according to the Massachusetts Commonwealth Curriculum Arts Frameworks, under the Music section according to grade level. I will always provide extended material with each lesson plan for those who have completed all the required assignments. A “top student” in my mind is a student who is disciplined musically with their instrument, complete their assigned work on time, with great detail and is respectful to their peers.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
For beginning students I prefer to use either Alfred's, Mel Bay, or Hal Leonard method books. I generally stay away from method books that use guitar tablature because I find that student will prefer to read the tablature instead of standard musical notation. Tablature is a good way to easily show how guitar parts are played, but is not useful when teaching standard notation, music theory, harmony, etc. In addition to using a method book, I will also teach the student popular songs, which is a great way to start teaching chords and song structure in addition to keeping the lesson fun and the student engaged.
It is always important for the student to remain interested in music. The reason a student comes for lessons in the first place is because they have a passion for it and want to become better! I do everything I can to make sure the student feels comfortable, and that they feel like they are growing as a musician with each lesson. If the student is making many mistakes, I point out the mistakes they make and ask them to try again, but I also compliment them on everything they did that was good. If I were to just point out flaws, the student will get the sense that they are just failing completely and he or she will eventually lose interest.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Teaching Methods: For beginning students who are children, I often use the Andrew Scott Method for flute. When the student is considerably advance I will use the Rubank Book for flute begginers. Once the student is at a comfortable level, I will proceed to introduce him to Body Mapping. For adults, I will prefer to first of all know more about their learning abilities, other experiences with music/sports. Than, I will find out more what they are looking to learn and work from there.
Teaching Styles: For me it is really important to see students learning and advancing in music. Understanding every student needs and abilities allows me to set up clear and objective goals for every lesson. Keeping motivating the students through certifying their progress helps them to keep learning. It is also important for me that each student has fun, otherwise I do not feel like I am doing my job!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Keyboard, Electric Guitar
Here is my teaching experience in the arts and some youth work as well. Music Director, YMCA, 2016-2017 - Develop curriculum for all ages: preschool through high school - Plan and execute music based projects year round Pre-K Teacher and Center Arts Instructor, Gregg House Preschool, 2013-2016 - Founded center's first in house arts program based on music, dance, and theater - Maintain strong community and parent relationships Assistant Teacher for Rock Ed and Street Program, Zumix, 2014-2015 - Prepare teens for seasonal music performances - Individually coached theory, lyrics, guitar method, voice, drums and keyboard Arts Enrichment Instructor and Associate Teacher, Bright Horizons, 2012-2013 - Founded center’s first in house arts program based on music, dance, and theater - Developed age appropriate curriculum for toddlers through Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, Parent Infant Center After School Program, 2009-2012 - Designed programs in a club based after school program for grades 2-6 - Clubs taught included: drama, glee club, improv, comedy, short film and more Performing Arts Specialist, Parent Infant Center (Center Wide), 2010-2011 - Implemented the performing arts center wide for all ages infant through 12 years - Specializing in theater, dance, film, music, and magic - Planned, directed, and hosted numerous galas, talent shows, plays and events Director and Head Instructor, West Philly Digital Music Production Program, 2010 - Launched arts program in conjunction with Visual Artist Brian Feaster Magic Instructor, Newton Community Education, 2007 - Taught school aged children the basics of close up magic and sleight of hand Theater Program Coordinator, Gregg Neighborhood House, 2003-2005 - Coordinated, wrote, and directed multiple plays - Launched entire arts program through successful showcases in community - Success led to $15,000 Pevear Grant Substitute Teacher, Lynn Public Schools: Breed Middle School, 2003-2005 - Carried out lessons and maintained classroom control during Head Teachers' absences Magic Instructor, Malden YMCA, 2003 - Taught school aged children the basics of close up magic and sleight of hand Recreational Counselor and Peer Mentor, Gregg House ASC and Youth Program, 2000-2003 - Provided leadership to peers and assisted with recreational activities for children
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