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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Cello, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Electronic, Showtunes, Swing, New Age, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Ret N In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Cello, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Electronic, Showtunes, Swing, New Age, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Course Work: University of Northern Colorado
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2019-current - UNC School of Music Audition Scholarship

2019 - Colorado All State Philharmonic Orchestra

2016-2019 - Jefferson County All-County Honor Orchestra

Fall 2021 - UNCo University Symphony Principal Cellist

Overview:

Once a three-year-old banging out chords on a piano, now a thriving cellist, pianist, percussionist, composer, and amateur recording engineer, my name is Rhett "Ret/R.D.C." North and I am a passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic instructor who loves getting people excited about music! I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and career certification in Music Technology, and my favorite part in everything I do is joining musicians, from beginner to master, in the joy of learning music. In addition to writing and premiering new music constantly, I have diverse performance experience, from church gigs to subbing with bands to orchestral work and much more. My goal as your teacher is to help you fall further in love with music every day and for us to learn together and explore all kinds of music.

EXPERIENCE

I have taught piano for nearly a decade. As I was growing up, my mother taught piano in our house and I started learning at five years old. When I was twelve, I took on my first student, who was about four years old at the time. Since then, I have taught in a variety of settings, from double teaming pairs of students with my mother to teaching cello, piano, drums, and basic music skills online to students living in Haiti, France, and across the United States! Teaching has always been one of my favorite parts of being a musician because I believe that music is not the same without being a shared experience, and, as my childhood piano teacher told me, everyone starts somewhere! I am always looking to bring new students on and to journey into the depths of musicianship together!

METHODS USED

I attribute development of my teaching method to having started as young as I did; it is my firm belief that students and teachers should learn together, and that, especially with younger students, that it should be fun, engaging, and even a little bit silly at times. I both encourage and require regular practice on a consistent schedule; practicing not only helps students further their progress, but it helps them to avoid burnout by maintaining a view of music as less of a chore and more of a fun activity. Especially on piano and keyboards, I have found that combining classical music and learning from books with learning music that students enjoy listening to on their own can revolutionize how students learn and enjoy their instrument. I also work with my students to learn their instrument and the necessary music theory concepts by writing their own melodies and small songs, so that students can feel creative while learning another method of processing the world around them.

LESSON STYLE

Students don't learn if they don't feel motivated or enjoy what they are doing. Therefore, I make it a point to set an agenda in each lesson that starts and ends with something fun, and is also predictable so that students know intuitively how to go about their practicing. During each lesson, the student and I set realistic goals for practicing and, despite the popular saying that the more time you spend practicing, the more effective your practice is, I have learned from many students that each student practices and learns from practicing in their own way. I am sure to acknowledge accomplishments, not only by finding and setting milestones with each student to discover during lessons, but by (as effectively as I can) creating opportunities for students to perform a recital and demonstrate what they have learned for friends and family. I also make a point of ensuring students know that their lessons with me are a safe and inclusive space. I work to get to know the student to understand how they learn but also what circumstances might be troubling them and affecting their ability to learn happily and effectively. Getting to know students this way is not only rewarding by creating a trust relationship that makes for more engaging lessons but also by allowing me to tailor my instruction to their wants, needs, and personal circumstances.

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