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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Mallet Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion, Music, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Djembe, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Latin, Funk, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Brandy R In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Mallet Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion, Music, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Djembe, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Latin, Funk, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Bachelor Degree: Hunter College

Awards:

2018- Hunter College Artist Grant

2005- The New School for jazz and Contemporary Music Scholarship

2002- Fresno State Music Performance Scholarship

Overview:

I began my classical training at the age of nine and continued my studies in jazz and world music with a focus on percussion and vibraphone. I have toured and recorded in the US and Europe with many artists in various musical styles. I graduated from Hunter College in New York City with a degree in music. I am currently pursuing a degree in music education at Fresno State University. As a multi-instrumentalist, I have been teaching children and adults (all kinds of instruments!) for many years, and have a passion for teaching and songwriting!

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching private lessons in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the last 7 years. I decided to pursue my studies in music education here in the Central Valley to be closer to my family. I've taught lessons in drums and percussion, ukulele, guitar and piano. No matter what age you may be, my approach is all about having fun and learning your instrument along the way; music is meant to be enjoyed! That said, I believe practice makes perfect, and I encourage all my students to be dedicated and apply themselves when playing or songwriting. I currently teach at We Got The Beat, youth percussion ensemble in Fresno.

METHODS USED

Each student is different and I try to cater to each individual's learning style. For little ones and young musicians, I use a game board with all kinds of fun music activities and tasks to land on and play. I'm a fan of the Alfred instructional book series especially for beginners. Depending on what each student would like to achieve, I like to plan out a timeline to stay on track. I utilize practice charts or logs to ensure that my students are improving. I studied jazz and classical theory extensively and am happy to share my knowledge if it interests my students. I like to take parts of the Gordon, Suzuki, Dalcroze and Kodály methodologies, and teach whatever works best for each individual musician.

LESSON STYLE

I believe that positive reinforcement is the best way to encourage my students to attain the confidence that is needed as a performer. Musical expression is a visceral experience and I strive to create a comfortable environment for my students. Because sometimes learning an instrument can be tedious, I like to break my lessons up with warmup, rudiment, etude and dexterity exercises; Scale and theory practices; repertoire development in multiple styles including original works; and finally improvisation and listening.

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