Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums
I always try to teach the practical things that can help students to express themselves. I use variety of books to keep students interested in music.
I taught my first private lesson during my first year at Berklee. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to keep doing from that point forward. Alas, private teaching was not enough teaching to satiate me, so I quickly found a summer job that would enable me to get as many hours teaching as possible. That job was teaching full length courses in Rock Performance, Composition, and Songwriting classes for a summer program located on Yale's campus. After one summer there, I knew I would have to return for many more. Every summer I am astonished by how much fun students can have in just 3 weeks while they are working and improving their playing. The real skill I try to teach all my students is how to enjoy practicing. If a student can learn that, they will have a way to enjoy themselves for the rest of their life.
Teaching Methods: I have found that the basics are the most important part of music. Even issues in more advanced players can be addressed by filling the gaps in a students knowledge of the fundamentals. I also strongly emphasise a student's ear training as that really opens up the instrument to them, allowing for more intuitive playing and improved creativity. I tend to cater to the students needs, and can also create simple backing tracks for students to practice the concepts that have been covered in the lesson.
Teaching Styles: I listen to what the student has to say, and also hone in on where they are currently in their musicianship. This allows me to really see what areas need to be focused on specifically. I strongly encourage students to push themselves and will often provide slightly more challenging material to help them improve. One of the most rewarding moments is seeing a concept/idea click with a student. The lightbulb moment is absolutely inspiring, not just for students, but for everybody else involved as well.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
I have been teaching private lessons professionally since I graduated from Berklee in 2006. Prior to college, I tutored younger students for 4 years in my school's strings program for volunteer credit. Many of my students perform in auditioned orchestras and ensembles, including those for college! I have taught students as young as 5 and retirees in their 70's - each student's needs are different so I tailor their lessons around their goals. I am a solutions-driven teacher and love watching my students progress with a big smile on their face!
Instruments: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
My experience mostly stems from what I have learned through playing music for as long as I have been. I was able to learn all the steps to continue motivating my passion for guitar such as practicing frequently and consistently, gaining a large repertoire, and training my own ear to know where I am at all times when playing. I also gained much experience working at Guitar Center Lessons for a year. There I was able to learn the importance of excellent student-teacher rapport as well as notice ways in which to keep students motivated and excited about learning music.
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