Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Teaching Methods: There are several methods I use as a professor and they're all dependent on the student, their age and their goals. If they are younger, I like to employ elements of the Suzuki method because subjects like musical notation and theory might be too dense for the student. If the student has the aptitude/and or the discipline I can begin to apply a more systemic approach in terms of practice regiments like scales, practicing sight reading, their rhythmic feel, and even ear intonation and sight singing if the student is prepared for it. For real results and musical growth, consistency and discipline are key elements. There are several books that I particularly enjoy like the classic Dandelot, Louis Bellson Modern reading in 4/4 and in odd meters when they are more advanced.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style can vary from student to student but I believe the most important element is that the student remains engaged and enjoys practicing their instrument, regardless of their individual level. If they are very young, I try to have them listen to as much music as possible when they are not practicing because listening to new music is just as important to musical growth as practice. If there is a particular song they are aiming to learn, we tackle it in class and have them practice it at home at least half hour a day. When they are more serious, I try to establish a 45 minute practice regiment that the student should do everyday that can range from certain warm ups, scales and even sight reading if the student is inclined to dive into that musical world. The key element to having the discipline to do so is by having and fun and enjoying this so it's important that nor the teacher nor the student lose sight of that during their lessons. I truly enjoy seeing students learn and grow as a musician and understand all too well when it can be frustrating and seems to difficult. It's easy for me to relate and to find different methods to keep fueling that passion that people like me have for the world of music.
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
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trumpet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Latin Percussion
I have been teaching for four years in many capacities, from teaching full bands, to working one on one with students of all ages. I have taught many older students who have a strong foundation in music, as well as young students with no music expierience at all. I have competed in competitions and been a featured soloist, and my love for music challenges me to be the best teacher I can be. All students deserve the opportunity to be involved in music, and with my expierience, I can help them find the type of music they enjoy.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar
When I was about 19 years old, I began teaching independently from my parents' home in NW Oregon. I discovered I had a unique knack for communicating with younger generations and the feeling of seeing someone learning music was incredible! Since then, I have taught all different ages and different styles. I work one-on-one with you or your child, in a safe and fun environment, while we learn whatever it is you want to learn!
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