BM University of Miami FL Musikgarten Certified Orff Level 1 Certified
I'm an experienced singer and teacher and love sharing the joy of discovery of sound and music with children and young people. My degree is in classical vocal performance and I've lived all over the U.S. and maintained a teaching studio over the last 20+ years. I've taught early childhood music, led choirs for children, teens and women and have worked with many schools and churches. My students become a family and we enjoy putting together group classes and small recital performances, including an annual Christmas Sing Along.
I began teaching over 20 years ago with a focus on early childhood and beginning piano lessons. I have had great success working with young students by providing a variety of activities each lesson and making sure that learning music is a joyful experience. Music theory, ear training, flash cards and rhythm exercises with percussion instruments are just a few examples of lesson activities that are included in addition to the core elements of proper technique and music literacy. Lessons are increasingly tailored as my student and I get to know one another and performance in a safe, small group environment is encouraged, as appropriate.
Most of my students will begin with a set of books from Faber and Faber's Piano Adventures or Alfred's Basic Piano Course, or a combination of both. I recommend that younger students take advantage of the Activity and Ear Training book that is a part of Alfred's Prep Course. Most of my students have greatly enjoyed the coloring pages and activities and I have found them to be very effective. A lesson book and theory book are required, and flash cards and other materials will be recommended. The 2 methods I use compliment one another and I frequently use them interchangeably or both at the same time.
It is important for me to know my students in order to create a lesson plan and learning experience that works. I ask lots and lots of questions and work hard to challenge my students without any pressure. I hope that they will be excited for their lessons and eager to learn. I typically write out a list of things we are working on and request that my students set a timer and practice 10 minutes at a time on 2 to 4 different days during the week. Of course, more days and longer duration are preferred, but realistically this requirement when combined with all of the other activities kids participate in has worked well for me.