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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Pop

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Ariel F In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Pop

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
High School Diploma (Incomplete, Still in school) BM, Kean University, Music Education (focus in Cello)
Awards:

2014 - Performed with my youth orchestra's string quartet alongside NJSO at the NJPAC. 2017 - Started the Kean University Chamber Music Ensemble. We still give yearly concerts. 2018 - Guest conducted Grieg's Holberg Suite under the tutelage of Dr. Roland Davis of Julliard.

Overview:
I'm a young musician who has been working hard at the teaching game since I was 16. I've been playing piano for 18 years, cello for 14 years, and violin/viola/bass for 6. I'm studying Music Education to become certified to teach ensembles in schools. My personality is: fun, curious, honest, emotive, and playful. I started piano lessons at a very young age and they were very dry and boring! It was a miserable experience, and I begged my parents to quit. They brought me to a new teacher that totally changed my mind. She and many other great teachers I've been privileged to have, have inspired my teaching philosophy, strategies, and the songs I teach to this day. Teaching music is my joy in life and my passion. I do arranging, orchestrating, conducting, and performing all the time...but teaching is my true love. As it is I have a decent number of students but am currently looking for more! Give me a chance to impress you with all the learning strategies I've learned from experience and academia! I'm flexible, fun, and emphasize hard work.
EXPERIENCE
Since I was a little kid I always wanted to be a teacher. My earliest memory is being 3, sitting at the piano bench, giving my mom a pretend lesson. My teaching experience began seriously in high school, when other kids in my cello section asked me to help them with the orchestra music. When their parents started paying me, they started telling their friends, and things totally took off from there! Since then I have been employed at over 4 different studios, and I still teach privately. It is my main source of income and my life's passion. I encourage all of my students to pursue performance opportunities, anything from playing for family in the basement to big recitals with huge crowds. Performing and sharing art is one of the best parts of being a musician, and it isn't nearly emphasized enough in many schools of educational thought. More advanced students get introduced to competitions and exams if they can handle it!
METHODS USED
I use a variety of method books--Bastien, Hal Leonard, John Thompson, and Faber are all favorites of mine for piano. For strings, I stand by the Suzuki method and String Builder series. All lessons are supplemented with sheet music that I print out myself for free on imslp.org, so you get that free of charge! Young children (Ages 0-7), if they are mature enough to sit through a short lesson, learn mostly through play. Musical games, singing, clapping, and moving are all part of my musical curriculum for children of this age. I reinforce musical and instrumental concepts through play, so they learn without even realizing it! Middling children (Ages 8-12) can often handle a more rigorous curriculum. Rudiments (scales, arpeggios, etudes) are far more important than songs to teach foundation and technique, but the songs are the 'treat' and definitely the fun part. Children who study with me don't just learn how to 'play' the music, they learn how to really 'PERFORM' it--wide range of volume, lots of expression, and true musicality! Teens (13-18) typically prefer to choose their own curriculum. They are mature enough to appreciate a classical background, and we study the great composers and all their famous pieces, which inform their understanding of music history as well. I like to introduce teenagers to a variety of genres and styles and widen their palette, so they can eventually choose what they would like to focus on developing with me. Adult students are fantastic, because we can relate to one another on an artistic level. The adult student has determination and willpower, if they can find just 20 minutes a day they will eventually find progress. The key with the adult student is to find material that isn't condescending, is challenging, and that they like. Pop tunes are great to start with adults because they already know how it goes.
LESSON STYLE
The most important over-arching philosophy in ALL of my teaching, is INDIVIDUAL CURRICULUM. Every student is a unique human being, bringing unique perspective, experiences, talents, and flaws. I adjust all curriculum based on the needs of their students, in order to play up their strengths and address their flaws. My curriculum is also unique in that it values student input much higher than many people who teach strictly from the classical method. I believe students should be have the agency and inspiration to choose their own material, but also must study the greats. After a student has developed all the technique and musical know-how they need, they can bring me anything they'd like and I'll teach them to play it right and play it well, with a full range of emotion!
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