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, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums
Because I believe in music so passionately, it comes very natural to me to build a positive relationaship with my students. I give them the tools to move forward, and allow them to go as far as they want to as a musician. I also am honest and keep a good sense of humor with them as well in my studio.
Instruments: Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Guitar
Teaching Methods: Methods will vary depending on student's learning type, maturity and performance level. After initial assessment meeting a program is designed to instill the basic attitudes necessary for success in the discipline and joy of the musical experience.
Teaching Styles: For elementary beginning musicians, I stress the need for parental supervision to insure adherance to the rehearsal regimen and the"muscle memory" that leads to successful performance practice. For beginning secondary students, I stress discipline and steady growth through attainable goals. I also stress basic musicianship in addition to proper performance tecniques, reading ability, transposition, etc. With adult students, I assess their performance level, goals and design a program to challenge therir performance level and enhance reading ability by graduated exercises customized to individual ability. Voice students are given basic voice production techniques stressing a natural approach to building a memory bank of vocal techniques aimed at building range, projection and reading ability. Proper breathing, good diction and basic musicianship is stressed to raise the confidence level and focus of the student.
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
For beginning students, I usually employ the Rubank method books. These books, while not as flashy as others, are exceptional for building technique, musicality, and reading skills. In addition, my students focus upon proper tone production, technique, and posture as we explore their musical preferences. I encourage my students to explore the genres of music that they enjoy as well. Through fun Disney excerpts, jazz transcriptions, pop music, or any other passion, we keep our lessons productive, yet fun. At the end of the day, each student knows what we have worked on and what we will focus upon next week to make progress while having a good time.
Instruments: Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Bass Guitar
As a youngster, I had many negative experiences learning in government schools, resulting from teachers who in retrospect were clearly knowledgeable, but lacking in skills at communicating their knowledge to a wide range of individuals. This led me to spend a great deal of time thinking about the dual subjects of teaching and communication, and to learn how to simplify complex subject matter and effectively communicate it, learning to identify what various individuals know, and use that knowledge as a bridge of communication to use what they know to define and communicate that which they don't know. In short, learning from my experiences with bad teachers enabled me to become a good -and eventually excellent- teacher. My approach stresses a thorough understanding of "the basics"... thoroughly defining the essential knowledge and skill(s) upon which everything else depends, and is built. In general, this approach emphasizes utilizing the language and concepts of "classical", jazz and blues -as these provide a very comprehensive "toolbox" of knowledge and skill(s) that enable students to gradually master their instruments while acquiring a broad range of musical knowledge that enables them to "go whereever they choose."
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Ukulele, Recorder, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Teaching Methods: I believe that a strong foundation is essential for steady progress and confident performance. A comprehensive approach is my preference. Therefore, when I teach piano, I prefer Faber and Faber Piano Adventures paired with A Dozen a Day for added technique. Since many students in this school district are in band or orchestra, I usually use Essential Elements for Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds. I spend a reasonable amount of time preparing my students for our recitals and many of them join in the group songs, which have included "What a Wonderful World", "Happy", and currently "The Theme From Midnight Cowboy".
Teaching Styles: Music is my gift. I am blessed with a natural ability which I have dedicated my life to learn, cultivate and nurture. To share this through teaching is rewarding. I teach students of all ages and levels. We have two recitals per year, which are unique and fun because of our wide variety of instruments and our group songs. My introductory lesson is full of information to build a foundation on which further knowledge can stand. We work through lesson books and as we approach recital time, we focus more on specific skills. After recital, we review and then begin again at our next level.
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