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To teach the flute I use the Blocki Flute Method. This method consists of a set of books and the pneumo pro, a device that aids in the learning of sound production of the flute. For piano I use the Bastien Piano Books Series.
I believe music lessons should be easy going, fun but focused experience, mainly lead by the student's interest, with some teasers and ideas for how they can expand and improve. First thing - is how to help you express yourself and enjoy the instrument and the music that flows from it, and secondly, to encourage and expand your musical perspective to other genres, styles, techniques , to composition, to engage in a musical community and more.. I'm there to expose you to what you don't know and see if you like it and to answer all your questions (hopefully).. then - to play together and have fun! For curriculum I would like to research together with you the book that will fit you the best. After 3-6 months, you will be able to enjoy the instrument more and have the tools to make a choice of what you want to focus in the vast array of musical styles and abilities.
I have been playing saxophone and clarinet for 17 years, have 10 years professional performance experience, and have taught private lessons for 6 years. At Berklee College of Music I majored in professional music with an emphasis on saxophone performance and minored in music business. I was a member of the Contemporary Wind Orchestra and the Bob Marley touring ensemble. I was a member of the recording and performing New England band Weight of Gravity. I wrote my own parts and recorded an album with the group, which won Best New Album in 2010 in the Turtle Boy Music awards in Worcester, MA. (weightofgravity.com) I specialize in jazz theory, improvisation, classical repertoire, saxophone technique, performance techniques, and band promotion. I have studied with George Garzone, Dino Govoni, Walter Beasley, and Jeff Harrington.
I have a Master's in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory, I love helping each student to achieve their personal best. I am an active flute performer, participating in orchestras and ensembles throughout the New England area. I am centered in Belmont, MA, but can arrange lessons in many areas.I was inspired to become a music instructor because of the impact that my own flute instructor had upon my development as a music student, as well as a person. I strive to instill love for the instrument and build self confidence in the student. I endeavor to help students develop their abilities to reason logically and think for themselves. I look forward to seeing my students each week, and I think they enjoy the time they spend with me too.
You need a saxophone teacher if you want to learn the saxophone. You do not want a part time saxophone teacher whose focus is on another instrument. My first saxophone teacher was a fantastic musician. He was a great teacher and performer. I used to go to the lessons so excited. I just wanted to listen to his beautiful saxophone sound. I wanted to listen to him talk about music. I wanted to see him play. Without him, my career wouldn't have started. Now it is my turn. I would like to inspire you. I would like to make you look forward to the next lesson. I would like to pass on the joy of music that I have shared with so many people. I have performed with and for people of all ages and different backgrounds in various countries.
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The saxophone is a fairly durable instrument and can be a great instrument for a young player. However, the student does need to be big enough to hold the instrument and have the lung capacity to create quality tone. New players should start on alto sax.
Students interested in learning saxophone should start with the alto sax. As the student progresses they may switch to soprano, tenor, or bass sax. Reliable brands to rent include Jupiter, Yamaha, and Selmer. Sax students will also need to purchase reeds. Musika recommends a Rico 1.5 or 2.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's sax lessons may include, but are not limited to: correct embouchure formation, how to appropriately shape your lips around the mouthpiece, proper breathing and posture, how to develop a solid tone in low and high registers, how to hold, assemble, and clean the instrument properly, fingerings for notes, techniques for developing quick finger action, how to read music, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the saxophone!
Musika offers in-home lessons for the same price as in-studio lessons! Lessons in your home are a convenient means for you to develop as a musician. This option saves you time, money, stress, and hassle of traveling!
Adults students often notice significant progress on saxophone. Our network of instructors work with all skill levels and ages. Most students are surprised to find how quickly it all comes back!
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
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