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Rebecca D In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Styles: Classical

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Rebecca D In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Styles: Classical

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BA, Emmanuel College, Cello Performance
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2006-2009 Emmanuel College Music Scholarship

 

Overview:
  I am an experienced music instructor dedicated to the success of my students, striving to impart to them the same passion that I have for music. In 2009, I graduated as valedictorian from Emmanuel College with a degree in Cello Performance and a minor in piano.  My studies also focused on music theory, chamber music, and orchestra, as well as string and piano pedagogy.  After graduation, I temporarily moved to teach music in a mission school in the Dominican Republic, where I lived for two years and became fluent in Spanish.  My family and I now live near Athens, GA, where I continue to teach music and perform with a Chamber Music group for special events.  
EXPERIENCE
  I began giving private and group music lessons soon after graduation from high school in 2002, and quickly learned to love it.  During college, I took on some new students and continued to gain experience in a variety of instruments as I took classes and taught not only cello, but also piano and violin.  Within months of my college graduation, I became involved with a mission school in the Dominican Republic, where I taught music theory, history, chorale, and private lessons -- all in the Spanish language.  As the only music teacher, my job was to provide instruction in vocal techniques, piano, cello, violin, and viola.  Soon, there was student pianist and a small string ensemble.  Now, back in the United States with my little family, I have a home music studio where I continue to offer music lessons.  I love watching students become musicians as their love and knowledge of music grows.    
METHODS USED
  For students interested in studying stringed instruments, I have found that the Suzuki method is a very effective curriculum for young children who cannot yet read well, yet engaging enough for older students if supplemented with note-reading and technique exercises. Hal Leonard's “Essential Elements” and Robert Frost's “All for Strings” are two other proven methods that work well for almost any age. Young piano students do very well with Alfred's “Basic Piano Course” or Faber “Piano Adventures” methods, and Bastien and Alfred both have methods for adults that seem to promote quick learning. For a serious piano student who feels the need to go at a faster pace, the John W. Schaum Piano Course will give them the challenge they desire. Any given method for any instrument will be supplemented with theory and technique, which are key to becoming a musician.  
LESSON STYLE
  We have all heard that “practice makes perfect”. In reality, perfect practice makes perfect, and true improvement comes from proper practice technique. That can seem a difficult goal for students, so each lesson targets a realistic goal for practice techniques and improvement. As we work on the short-term objectives, we also have the long-term goal of recitals and possibly other performances throughout the year. Music theory has a place in each lesson, as it is one of the basics for eventual success in musicianship. I try to keep lessons engaging, however, and include duets and “fun” music to help spark an interest and love for music in the student. Because each student has his or her own learning style and purpose for studying music, lessons are individualized in order to help each one achieve his or her ultimate goal in music.  
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