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I am a Grammy Nominated Music Educator who combines his intensive formal music training with over 30 years of professional performance experience to create customized curriculums designed for rapid growth and sustained interest by my students. I make each lesson an enjoyable journey of self-discovery and accomplishment. I show my students of all ages from beginning to advanced, how to make Music with their Instument, which is more FUN than being taught to just play the Instrument. Instruments Taught: Saxophones, Guitars, Clarinets, Flutes, Piano Keyboards, Voice, Percussion and Recorder Subjects Taught: Music Theory, Sight-Reading, Sight-Singing, Ear Training, Music History, Music Business, Composition, Arranging and Songwriting
I believe that each student is specific. Lessons depend on what each student needs and what skills they are looking to obtain.
I started teaching when I was a 15 and a sophmore in high school. I taught some students in elementary school and also worked in a Montesorri school as a brass coach. I moved to Orange county to go to school at Chapman University and then moved to Los Angeles. Since living in Los Angeles for now 3 years, I have gained 3 students. One who I have had for almost 3 years, one for 2 years and one for almost a year. I like to teach to what the student like to play. My experience is with classical but I have done Operas as well as some musical theater and love to teach in all. If the student in is band at school, I like to help them with their practicing and give them tools to play confindently and have fun! If students are just taking lessons for fun, I like to play what they would like to play as well as add some of my favorite pieces. I am excited to have the opportunity to help another young musician learn to love music!
I like my students to tell me what they would like to get from taking lessons. I then integrate what they want to learn with what I think they should learn. While learning a song or piece of music, I teach the student pertinent music concepts and saxophone technique. I find giving students scales and exercises to learn without context is often discouraging for them because they are not sure why and how they apply in other music situations. Providing an educational context allows each student to build upon music concepts while having fun working towards their musical goals.
Every person is different as every student is different, so I make a point to cater to the individual and not get locked into an umbrella method of teaching. I make myself available to each student to ask questions and get the most information out of whatever subject we might be discussing/learning. I make sure that each students needs get met by determining on day 1 of lessons what they want to get out of music and the instrument they are learning. If someone wants to just learn a simple pop or rock song on the guitar then that's what we'll do. Music is about having fun, so I always make sure that every lesson is both instructive and enjoyable.
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The minimum age for beginning saxophone is around age 8. The students needs to be big enough to hold the instrument properly- even with the aid of the neck strap- and have the lung capacity and hand strength to play. Some band programs will start young players on clarinet before allowing them to switch to sax.
Having lessons in your home gives you the opportunity to express yourself artistically in the space you feel most comfortable. You let the teacher know what days and times work best, and he or she can come to you for the same price as in-studio lessons!
Saxophone can be a wonderful instrument for older students. Our teachers can work with you to develop and mature the rich tone associated with the saxophone. The saxophone is an incredibly versatile instrument, popular in jazz, pop, and blues. Whatever your style, our teachers can cater to you!
A beginner saxophonist should begin by renting. Reliable models include Yamaha, Jupiter, and Selmer. In addition to renting a sax, students will need to buy reeds to play. New players should start with a softer reed, either a 1.5 or a 2. Musika suggests consulting your teacher before buy reeds in bulk.
Each lesson is personalized to the student. The teacher will concentrate on the needs and goals of the individual. However, some topics will always be covered such as: how to clean, put together the instrument, hold the saxophone, develop embouchure, hand placement, and musical comprehension!
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
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