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Dorothea H In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Harmonica, Ukulele, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country

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Dorothea H In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Harmonica, Ukulele, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BA, College of Charleston: Charleston, SC: Studied theory, composition, and piano Brevard College: Brevard, NC: Studied theory, composition, piano, and music history New England Conservatory of Music: Boston, MA: Studied theory, composition, piano and music history Washington Conservatory of Music: Washington, DC: Studied Piano, Jazz Guitar, Music Theory and Composition

Awards:

2018 - Performed at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR, a major venue for an audience of 1,000 or more

2008 - Toured with a group through central Europe for several months, performing at venues including various cathedrals

2000 to 2004 - Regular performances at the Washington National Cathedral

2001 - Performed Christmas music at the White House in Washington, DC

Overview:
I am a multi-instrumentalist, having played piano (classical and pop/rock/blues and more) for 25 years, guitar and vocals for 17 years, and various other instruments including mandolin, banjo, blues and folk harmonica, bass guitar, 12-string guitar for over 10 years. I studied music and theory since age 5 all the way through the university level. I have taught professionally starting in 2014. I also compose songs, and love playing out. I love seeing students flourish and think in new ways. I am simultaneously encouraging, yet diligent with students in order to motivate them effectively.
EXPERIENCE
I have taught in a variety of settings including children through teens and adults, and children with disabilities, both online and in person, one-on-one and in groups. I started 5 years ago. I have found that the best method includes positive motivation, which includes both encouragement for what the student is doing successfully, and also pushing the student in areas where they may feel hesitant. If the student enjoys the lesson and feels positive, they'll be less hesitant and excel! I am always looking forward to building a solid foundation and confidence in the student. Nothing is more rewarding for me than seeing a student cultivate a lifelong skill!
METHODS USED
I use some custom lesson plans, including some of the following: For piano, I explain the music score to start elementary reading, work on hand and finger positioning, and move to simple scaler melodies. I introduce chord theory and understanding including triads, position changes, an later on sevenths and ninths. Exercises include scales for 1 and the 2 hands, Hanon exercises, and more. And we progress through elementary books. For guitar, I work on left hand positions and posture first, then right hand work - wrist position, pick strokes. I introduce double stop positioning, bar positions, forms for 12 bar and 1-4-5- chord patterns in different styles of music (this can range from Beethoven to Jimi Hendrix). I then move to introducing songs than have the same core chords, but in different sequences, so students can see broader applications. I also have an favorite tool of mine that especially helps with theory -- a wheel that has the circle of 5ths carved into it, with patterns and relations between the keys carved into an inner wheel on it as well. It is a fun and interactive tool that is a great visual for students to learn theory for whatever instrument they are learning. (There is a picture of it in the gallery.)
LESSON STYLE
I look to find what inspires the student naturally, while striving to open the student's mind to new styles through understanding new patterns. I set tangible goals that help the student measure their success; I make sure the goals are both realistic for their pace and also pushing them to their fullest extent. I also provide reinforcement of successes and accomplishments because I know this is valuable for a student to flourish and move forward confidently. I want lessons to be fun as well as informative because this combination creates passion for learning!
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