Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: For beginning piano students, I have saved a number of Piano Adventures lesson books by Nancy and Randall Faber from my years as a piano student, which I would feel comfortable teaching. Some of the content will allow me to accompany the students solo playing, which will act as an ear training tool for them to remain within the various theoretical confines of the music, and provides commentary to break down different fingering patterns to play the music as fluidly as possible. I would strongly urge the need to first understand basic concepts of theory, such as key signatures, tempo, an outline of the grand staff, so that they will know what they're looking at before they learn to play. For beginner to intermediate vocal students, depending on the genre of music, we would discover their personal goals as a singer, whether they want a bigger range or if they want to be able to master a certain song. We'll start small while exploring the different exercises to help develop their voice to achieve those goals. They will most likely be singing to a CD, or if simple enough, accompanied by me.
Teaching Styles: I believe that everyone works at their own pace, but all have the potential to arrive at the same goal. I would allow that time to assess the students needs and progress, and work on tailoring my communication in a way that produces results based on the students response to my strategy. Whether it's classical music, or performing songs that they hear on the radio, etc. - whatever feeds their need to make music will be enhanced while incorporating the appropriate training to further their skills, all while having fun at the same time!
I have been teaching piano and music theory since 1984. I worked with children between the age 6 and 18 years. My students are also encouraged to have recitals at the end of the year. I organize activities such as concert, performance, and exams. I use my pedagogical skills to achieve the best education for students in my classes.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin
The method varies according to each student. Everyone has a diffent goal in their musical journey; My main goal is to provide a well rounded and dynamic instruction, where the student will have a solid understanding of the basic pilars of music: ear training, technique and reading skills; this will redund in quality performance. my students will learn to play both, by ear and by reading.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Synthesizer, Keyboard
It is rewarding for me to see my students developing passion for music! Therefore, I believe it is important for students to progress at their own pace by setting realistic and proper goals/objectives. Believing that each student is unique, I enjoy getting to know my students in order to assess their strengths as well as areas for improvement. My school/group/private teaching experiences combined enhances me to relate and encourage students to adjust and set appropriate steps and goals to reach their full potentials. My philosophy and approach in teaching is to help students to establish a solid foundation first, which are rhythm/sight reading for piano, and breathing/blending/connecting vowels for vocal training, then based on students' abilities and interests to apply and work toward mastery of knowledge, understanding and application toward their learning goals and objectives. I value feedback from both students and parents to ensure a good relational dynamic to promote an active learning process for inquiry and success. I do not pressure students to enter competitions and recitals are optional unless 10 or more students are willing to participate. I do encourage students to look for opportunity to play/sing in their school/church or in front of their friends/family for special occasions. Game playing is incorporated within the lesson time to reinforce/review key concepts/skills or knowledge for group lesson setting of 2-3 students as an additional feature. Rewards/Certificates are given upon the completion of each level with weekly progress tracking. I am flexible to work with students' schedule. Though I have a 24 hours cancellation policy, make up lesson usually can be arranged when notice is given in advance. To ensure the best environment and utilize the resources I have available, I do prefer students to come to my neighborhood locations (77077 or 77043) for private lessons or group classes. However, I am willing to travel to another location if the distance is reasonable and not too far (within 10 miles). I look forward hearing from you and helping you to achieve success in your musical adventure.
Debra has over twenty years experience teaching private lessons. I am also a former US Naval Chapel Director, and a former school Music Teacher, grades K-12. This experience has afforded me the working knowledge of developmental stages, though my lessons are tailored to meet the goals and motivation of each student. I have extensive performing experience with students, including Symphony and Community.
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