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, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: For piano students, I like to use the Alfred courses. This method is great because they have courses of study for all ages and levels, and students can progress through several courses throughout their study. For flute/clarinet students, I like to start with either Hal Leonard's Essential Elements or the Rubank methods books. Once students have moved beyond the basics, I like to introduce solo repertoire that is appropriate for their level. I will also pair the solo material with technique exercises designed to solidify their fingerings, scales, rhythm reading, etc, that will enhance their ability to play their solo pieces.
Teaching Styles: I like to have a balance in my lessons between fun and challenge. I do this by setting realistic goals each week for my students, dependent on their level of perfomance and the pace that they are progressing. Not everyone will progress at the same pace, and I feel that it is more important for a student to master a particular lesson than to move quickly through the lesson book. I want my students to be able to experience the satisfaction that comes from working hard at something. My ultimate goal is to not only foster a love and appreciation of music in my students, but also to develop a strong work ethic and sense of accomplishment.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: Lessons will consist of learning and executing the fundamentals of good sound production, scales, articulation, technical exercises, range expansion, phrasing, proper hand posture and extended techniques. Studies used in lessons include books by Lester, Rose, Klose, Hite, Cavillini, and many more.
Teaching Styles: Lesson structure is outlined by long tones, scales and technical exercises, tonguing, etudes, solo repertoire, rhythm exercises, reed work and building sight-reading skills through playing duets with the instructor.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: With my private woodwind students, I use the Essential Elements 2000 method which includes a cd and dvd with each book. With adults, I use Rubank or more appropriate methods that goes with their ability level. With piano students, I use the Alfred method, or Fletcher, depending on the student. I have used John Thompson as well as the Bastien method of teaching. I experiment with the latest methods to keep students interest and engage them to learn at their own pace without frustration.
Teaching Styles: I want to see my students grow musically and develp a yearning for growth. My job is to have each student succeed and to have them be inspired by their own growth. I encourage each student to try to reach a goal and and I want them to progress at their own pace for enjoyment and fun. Music is a life long experience.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: I start string students in the Suzuki method books. I teach in a Suzuki influenced style, but I start students reading right away. If the student is able to read words, they are ready to read notes and reading music is an essential part of a student's music education. For many younger students, I will also create etudes to accompany their Suzuki pieces. Woodwind students will start in the Rubank series and work on other technique building exercises. These methods are how I typically start my students, but more advanced and adult students will likely use different materials based on ability level and interests. All students receive a monthly practice sheet to log their practicing habits. I keep a sheet for my own records with detailed notes so I can plan the next week's lesson.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style varies from student to student because all students learn differently. What does not change from student to student is the exitement and enthusiasm I bring to every lesson. I genuinely love to teach and if my students are not loving to learn, I need to change my approach. I also believe in strong communication, so students and parents are always aware of my expectations. Above all else, students should be learning in their lessons, cultivating a love and appreciation for music, and enjoying their lessons. Music lessons should always be a positive experience!
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: For younger students who are in a school band program, I like to use the materials they use in class and to add outside material they find interesting. I find students are more motivated to practice and develop when we start with something that interests them, and then to expose them to other styles of music later on. For older or more advanced students, I like to focus on aspects of musicianship that will help them be successful musicians, such as ear-training, theory, composition, performance practice, improvisation (if the student wishes) and transcribing.
Teaching Styles: My goal in teaching is to help the student develop confidence by developing skill as a musician. Once the student realizes how to gain confidence through practice, he or she will create a healthy habit of successful learning that can transfer to any field of education.
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