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Christian K

Christian K

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There are several different method books that I like to use with my students based on age, knowledge/experience, and of course if the method book they use is something they will enjoy; it's very difficult if a student doesn't like the book they're using so I try to give them options. For beginners, I like to use John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course or the Schuam method books. For additional practice and work, I like to use Schaum's Fingerpower and have the student write out the notes then recite them aloud while playing the exercise. For adults, I would continue using these books but at a higher level with supplemental material on the side, which may include solo repertoire appropriate for them and Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist exercises (a few, not all). For voice students, I try to find out what it is they are interested in singing; I am comfortable with all genres but it should be noted that I am classically trained and can work more easily and comfortably for those wanting to sing classical music, musical theater, and church related music.  A student must enjoy what they are working on in order to progress. I try to stress this at every lesson; a student won't practice if they don't like what they are practicing.

Carl S

Carl S

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My methods vary greatly depending on the student's goals and experience.  Through the first few years of study, an emphasis on the fundamentals of music and instrumental skills is required.  This typically takes the form of a beginning method book.  For students beyond this phase of study, advanced technique work takes the form of scale, chord, and interval studies.  I couple these with the development of repertoire that fits the needs and goals of that student.  This may take the form of audition preperation for district, regional, or state band, college preperation, or materials in their school band that they are not confident of.  

Nicholas M

Nicholas M

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I am a passionate and dedicated performer of music within the contemporary and classical canons. As a teacher, I cater my lessons to a student's specific needs as I understand that every individual learns in a different manner. I am always curious to find new and exciting ways to explain musical concepts, so, if something doesn't register intitially, I will be persistent in figuring out a way to make it work! As a performer, I have appeared as soloist and as a member or small and large chamber ensembles at venues such as Shermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, the Kimmel Center, the Fenway Center in Boston, Tenri Cultural Institute and SPECTRUM NYC. I enjoy working with living composers and have played for people such as Jennifer Higdon, Michael Djupstrom, Matthew Greenbaum, Raoul Pleskow, William Bolcom, etc. I am committed to the presentation of new music because I feel as if it is just as important as the classical canon and more relevent than any other time to the world we live in today.

Gabriel S

Gabriel S

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I have been studying and playing music since I was 7.  I began on saxophone in my school's concert band and jazz band proceded by my own musical endeavors on electric bass playing rock and jazz music.  I spent high school gigging Philadelphia with The Paisley Haze Quintet.  In my undergrad studies at University of Vermont, I picked up the upright bass, studying both jazz and classical styles.  I became heavily active in the Burlington, VT music scene performing with such groups as: The Object Three, Nuevos Comediantes, Divine Lorraine, Anna Pardenik and the Holy Smoke-Off, Brass Balagan, Duke Aeroplane and the Wrong Numbers, and Grup Anwar.  For three years I lead the Spielpalast Cabaret Band and composed and arranged music for a new musical theatre production each year.

Matthew M

Matthew M

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For beginner flute and sax students, I like to work out of the Standard of Excellence Books, and for beginner piano I like to use Bastien Series books. I have used these books in my development and am very comfortable and confident with their ability to help studnets progress. Once my students reach a level where they have a pretty solid understanding of music, I start to give them more freedom into choosing what they want to do. At this point I will start working with etude and technical exercise books like Rubank, Hanon, Czerny, and/or Ferling. 

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