Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Teaching Methods: I begin all guitar students with rhythm guitar technique which I find to be less tedious than pluncking out melodies from a method book. This gives the student the feeling of actually performing a song after just a few lessons. From there, students go on to develop a comprehensive vocabular of chords, rhythmic patterns/techniques, scales and melodic techniques, and a foundational knowledge of music theory. All materials are generated in the lessons depending on the students needs and progress so no additional materials are needed.
Teaching Styles: As stated above, I believe in a foundational understanding of music and music literacy. I've witnessed, first hand, the handicap that people without basic formal knowledge of music have in the professional world. To this end, as we look at songs, techniques, etc., I like to continue to remind the student that everything we do incorporates the basic knowledge that we've acquired. Not all students are looking to develop advanced skills. Some are only interested in gaining enough skill to enjoy recreational playing. Also, everyone learns a little differently and, although I'm not a formally trained educator, I've learned a lot about being present and aware of the needs of each individual in order to facilitate their musical goals. Whatever the desire or goal, I am committed to providing the necessary tools to help reach it and make learning music fun and interesting.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
I have performed on many instruments in venues all over the world for over 30 years. This includes concerts, recitals, exclusive country clubs, corporate events. Much of this work was solo piano, or with various small groups I have put together. I have given private lessons on Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Guitar during this time, which, as I have said, I enjoy very much.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Bass Guitar, Banjo
Teaching Methods: For my guitar students, I always start with concepts such as the seven keys of music, sharps and flats, standard tuning, reading chord charts, reading tabs, and right hand strum patterns. Usually within the first two weeks, we will learn a few songs using chords, and a few songs using tabs. Should my student want to learn to read music (something that is unncessesary when learning guitar) I will start out with the basics of this as well. For my piano students, I recommend they purchase a basic level piano book from any general music store. We will start with the basics of reading music, the seven keys of music, scales, finding middle C and the basic terms such as "measures", "Staff", "octaves" etc...We will then make our way through some basic songs in the book using our right hand and will eventually incorporate two.
Teaching Styles: I am a good motivator and always use positive reinforcement with my students no matter how much they have practiced or how much difficulty they are having. I encourage my students to practice as much as I can, but understand that the first few years of learning can be very difficult and frusterating. Once skills have developed and confidence is built, playing becomes more natural and fun. Motivating students to continue to practice and repeat songs until they are very confident is key. I also encourage students to find their nitch with music, i.e. finding what about music is most fun to them - whether it be songwriting, singing and playing at the same time, chord voicings, learning challenging songs, etc.. Music should ALWAYS be fun!
First lesson: talk a bit about students' goals or if they don't know, or if they're just trying it out, it's all fine, and we'll go from there. I want to know what kind of music somebody likes and what gets them excited. Favorite songs can be goals for new students, so they can see results pretty early on. I had great teachers that showed me chords for my favorite Beatles and Beach Boy songs and that let me have fun while building up dexterity. As a guitar teacher, I don't emphasize note reading early on, unless that is desired, in which case there's few good books we can work through. But I found learning how to play yankee doodle over and over was a lot more tedious and frustrating, then getting that initial feeling of "I can play a song! This is what it feels like to play music!" that I got from learning songs early on. My guitar teacher had some great ways of introducing scales that I can pass along too, for those are interested in solos. I am really interested in improvistion and so for those who want to be a lead guitar player, I have lots to share in those areas. Essentially, I try go by the student, and give lessons that will make someone push throught the challenging bits because it will be worth it for them. I want you to discover what's fun about music to you! Advanced players: more in depth talks, jamming together, and sharing ideas and philosophies. I have some excellent and sort of out of the box practice strategies that I learned from taking a few lessons with Julian Lage (which I hope to do more of, and pass along anything else that I learn). I am certainly not a theory master general, but if you want to talk about feel, improv, how emotion relates to music and look at things from a fresh perspective I think I could help out loads.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Ukulele, Recorder, Electric Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
I feel each of my students are unique. I love watching my students' level of musical understanding progress. I love seeing the dedication and determination begin to heighten as the lessons progress. Within each lesson I point out areas that need to be worked on as well as areas of improvement. Seeing one's progress is the most important element to me for my students. Therefore, I like to record my students quarterly for a few minutes within a lesson to show the mass amounts of improvement they will accomplish. It will be my pleasure to work with you. *SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO MISS ALLIE ON PIANO! Allie has shown an exceeding amount of progress with each lesson. I am proud to call her my student. She is always prepared, and eager to show me her progress for the week. I am delightfully pleased to see how well she has applied our preceding lesson to her week's practice. Allie is quick to fix a mistake. She takes direction well and is not afraid to take a risk within the realm of musicality. "I'm super proud of you, Allie. Your scales are coming along so well. Your dedication is admirable, and I feel you have what it takes to continuously take your practice to the next level. Keep it up miss metronome!" ;)
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