I want to make guitar lessons fun, helpful and informative. If the student isn't learning what they want to learn and not having fun while doing it, I'm not doing my job. Getting the student to feel confident, no matter the amount they have played is important to me. I'm a laid-back, happy person and that reflects in the way I teach. I will tailor my instruction to fit what the student wants to learn, and have done that in all the lessons I have taught. I love music, and being able to teach it is something that inspires me and something I work hard at.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trumpet, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Recorder, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Teaching Methods: My methods of teaching are based on where the students are at in there study of music. For beginners I like to teach them how to read music as they learn each note on their instruments. After that it really depends on what kind of music you want to learn, what you already know. I like to work with everyone according to their level and ability but also challenge to meet new goals. I know everybody learn differently and at a different pace. There is more than one way to teach so I will work to help you find the learning style that works best for you.
Teaching Styles: I like to challenge my students to meet new goals but at their own pace. I understand everybody learns differently and has different needs. My goal is to help you to keep learning always moving forward. I am there to help the student learn and will help the student find the best method of learning that works for them. There are many different styles of teaching but i know that one style doesn't not fit all students. I look forward o working with you to find what style works best and help you move forward at your pace.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Latin Percussion
My love for teaching stems from my desire to pass on my knowledge of music to others. Helping others develop a passion for music is something I feel is necessary to cope in a world that can often be overwhelming without an outlet for expressions, such as music. I have been instructing students in percussion since I was a Junior in high school and taught at the Denny Way Music School on Capital Hill from 2013-2015. I have instructed students, from elementary school to adulthood, in areas including music theory, ear training and drum performance. I have led Afro-Cuban percussion workshops at the Dusty Strings in Wallingford and currently teach weekly lessons. I am currently available to instruct students in beginning piano, guitar and bass, as well as beginning through advanced lessons in percussion, drums, music theory and composition.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums
Teaching Methods: No single approach works with every student when teaching drums. There are simply too many styles and methods to choose from. But when working with beginners, I tend to focus mostly on developing a good internal sense of rhythm and good listening skills. Then if the student wishes, we may specialize in classical, jazz, rock, latin, or whatever style the student is interested in. There are many excelent published methods to choose from and I occasionally assign etudes and excersizes of my own.
Teaching Styles: I am a very hands-on teacher. We do lots of improvisation and call and response games and sometimes I turn on a record or even bring a guitar to jam with the student. Playing drums is a very visceral, tactile excersize, and I often tell students, "That right there, that is how it's supposed to sound! Memorize that feeling and try to recreate it everytime." I am also a huge advocate of having students listen to as much music as possible. Playing drums is still very much an aural language and listening to other drummers is enormously important. Drumming should always be fun and I always remind myself and my students of that.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
For children ages 4-7 I start with Dogs and Birds Animal Notes Edition from the UK. As they progress, I introduce them to the Primer Faber Series books. Adults begin with Faber series and I incorporate Hanon Virtuoso exercises as they progress. For children guitar they will begin with Alfred's Kids Guitar Course and Hal Leonard studies. Adult guitar will begin with Hal Leonard and William Leavitt studies. I provide material about composers and music studies from Thompson, Michael Aaron, Bastien and other books.
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