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: Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet
I have been teaching private violin lessons since I was in high school-about 7 years ago. I have always had an influx of violin students and was employed by the University of Idaho to teach private violin lessons for their Preparatory Division. My primary instrument is violin, but I also play viola, cello, saxophone and clarinet fluently. My lessons focus around creating characteristic sound and correct technique, as well as short lessons on music history and theory to keep the students' music education well rounded. My previous students range from age 3 to age 50, so I have experience in all age groups. I find all aspects of music absolutely fascinating and love sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge with my students.
Instruments: Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Recorder, Piccolo
Teaching Methods: For young beginning instrumental students, I use the Do It! and Hal Leonard Essential Elements method books. I like to supplement these with music they have likely heard from movies and the radio, as well as classical repertoire appropriate for the ability level. When the students graduate from beginner-level method books, we move on to solo pieces and more in-depth technical exercises and etudes. Building a responsive musician is a priority, so I play with the student using duets. Adult students help to steer the musical study as they voice their musical interests and goals. I believe that the skills used to practice and perform music are transferrable to other fields of study. Music helps to develop the person as a whole. I also believe that all students should be able to navigate independent learning experiences, and music is a great medium for students to develop the skills they need to be lifelong learners. Therefor, students of appropriate age will be given independent projects such as building a portfolio and small research projects on a relevant topics that are selected by the student. Projects will be differentiated according to student ability, learning style, and interest.
Teaching Styles: Lessons will include tone work, scales, technical exercises, etudes, and solo repertoire that are appropriate for the student's stage of development and area of interest. All instrumental students will also study body alignment, instrument position, and posture, and in addition to this, woodwind students will study the awareness of the breath and breathing techniques. I believe that the purpose of lessons is to help the student learn how to teach themselves, so I work with the students on developing concrete practicing strategies and the ability to self-reflect.
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: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
I have taught saxophone, flute, and clarinet to students of all ages for over the past 8 years and have found it best to tailor the lessons to the individual needs of the student while emphasizing the basics of tone production, technique and proper attitude. Recently, I was the saxophone professor at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. I also like to help the student develop time management skills to allow him or her to create a healthy habit of practicing.
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Beginning students for woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone) usually start with the Essential Elements book. As they advance the next books are usually Breeze Easy book 2 followed by the Rubank Intermediate and Advanced Methods. Advanced students will break into instrument specific methods. Flute with use methods such as The Melodious Studies and Pares scales books, clarinets with use the Klose books and Saxophone students will use Ferling and Klose studies. Students wishing to study jazz methods will use either the Jim Snidero or Walt Weiskopf methods. For piano students, I usually begin with the Alfred studies and select a book based on the students skill level or age. In addition, I will often provide sight reading studies as supplemental materials during lessons.
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