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I have been an active musician since the age of 5, when I began piano lessons. During my public school years, I played the euphonium and the trombone in the school's many instrumental programs, as well as sang in multiple choirs. In 2014 I graduated from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. During my time at Westminster, I have performed with many major orchestras and conductors, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. I appear on the GRAMMY Nominated Recording Annelies: The Anne Frank Oratorio, released in 2013 under the NAXOS label.
I have spent the past three years living in Miami where I completed my Masters Degree in music education. During this time I was an active trumpet player in south Florida playing with orchestras, brass bands, jazz groups, and quite regularly latin bands due to the popularity of salsa/latin styles in that region. My Bachelors degree was completed in 2006 at the Univeristy of Delware. I completed their music teacher preparation program, participating in both educational studies and a wide range of music ensembles including wind band, brass choir, marching band, and jazz band.
I believe the establishment of a safe, judgment free environment is integral to the success of the music classroom. In my studio each student will be encouraged and supported on their musical journey. I look for the unique talents each student has and create opportunities for those talents to shine. Education is a key to our liberation from limitations put on our freedom and self-expression. I use it to help develop a critical awareness of the world and a passion to transform it.
I've been teaching since my undergrad studies at Mansfield University.
I started teaching when I was in high school, out of my mothers kitchen. I gave private clarinet lessons to the other clarinetists in my district. At the same time I taught piano lessons at a school designed to support autistic children and their families. I went on to be the drum major for three years at my high school, allowing me to teach the marching band and indoor drum line. My senior year I started 11 ensembles including a sax quartet, clarinet ensemble, woodwind quintet, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and larger groups to perform in a music in our schools month concert and support and advocate for music education. I continued to teach lessons during my undergrad as well as work as the woodwind and drum major tech for various marching bands. I started a mens choir at Temple University for one semester teaching voice and choir using varied repertoire in 2011. I went on to start a K-8 music program at two charter schools in Philadelphia. I taught general music, band(flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion), choir, rock band, and salsa dancing to K-8 students, as well as classes for the community and parents. At this time I also became one of the founding teaching artists for Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema inspired choir in Camden and Philly with a vision for social change for girls. I am currently in my 5th year working for Sister Cities Girlchoir, teaching voice to girls K-12. I will obtain my masters in choral conducting in May and then eventually move to South Africa to create international branches of Sister Cities Girlchoir, teaching voice to students around the world.
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We love adult students! We have adults who are complete beginners, some who haven't played their instrument in 10 years, and some who are more advanced students looking to take their skills to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Our recommended starting age for trombone is 8 or 9. The instrument requires a good amount of lung capacity as well as physical strength in the muscles around the mouth and the ability to maneuver the instrument's sliding valve. While a student younger than 8 might be physically able to play the instrument, this is rare.
It is very important for trombone students to have a basic grasp of music theory from the very beginning of learning the instrument. Students will learn the different slide positions in order to play different notes. The teacher will help develop a correct embouchure, posture, and breathing technique, and also teach the student how to assemble, clean, and care for their trombone.
When beginning lessons, you must first decide if you are going to rent or buy your instrument. Most music stores will offer a rental program so that you will be able to pay monthly for a used instrument. While most instruments will be in good condition, you will want to make sure they are dent free and the parts are easy to take apart, and reassemble. If you are looking to buy, student trombones can be purchased through music shops or instrument catalogs, and will be relatively inexpensive.
By choosing in-home lessons, you are choosing the most convenient way to add trombone lessons into your schedule! Adults love our in-home lesson option as it allows them to learn their instrument without adding travel time to an already busy schedule. These lessons are also good for children as it allows them to work on their new skill in the comfort of their own home, in familiar surroundings, so they can be totally at ease and able to take in all the skills they learn during the lesson.
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
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