Our music lesson students will have the opportunity to take lessons from the comfort of their own home or in one of the teachers studios. Careful attention is placed on each student to ensure a custom lesson plan. Our music teachers understand that every student has different needs and abilities and therefore the lessons will be planned with that knowledge in mind.
lessons are available in the following areas:
Instruments: Piano, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
For the novice student, I use both the "Faber and Faber" and "The Joy of First Year Piano" method books. When they have mastered these pieces, I introduce Hanon's "The Virtuoso Pianist". Students at this level will also begin working on pieces from such collections as Schumann's "Album for the Young" and Bach's "Notebook for Anna Magdalena". I strive to expose students to music from each of the major stylistic periods to help expand their perspective and introduce them to new aesthetic ideas. I teach with a heavy emphasis on music theory in order to help students understand the mechanics of not just the music they are learning, but any piece of music they may encounter and become curious about.
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
For all of my students, I stress the importance of fundamentals. Although I do use method books such as Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, I like to tailor warm ups and fundamentals to each of my students. Then, I like to incorporate the fundamentals into familiar songs and exercises to keep the lessons engaging and fun. I strive to give my students practical knowledge that they can use to be successful in any circumstance. Lastly, I encourage my students to perform as much as they can for family members, student recitals, and other opportunities in order to develop confidence and a love for what they are doing.
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: Age-friendly materials are my favorite to use. For very young pianists I often buy books with lots of color and large print like Kjos's Piano Party. Kjos and Alfred are two of my favorite publishers, but I am willing to work with materials your family may already own. Flashcards are an important tool for many children to become fluent at naming/reading notes. I also like to have students complete written theory assignments, and, to help students from getting bored, I often "reward" them with single pieces of fun sheet music that can be performed for recitals and competitions. But remember... while several things can help a student become great like an excellent teacher and high-quality books, practice always wins... by a landslide. So my expectation and instruction include teaching mindfully engaged practice.
Teaching Styles: Teaching is not only my career. Teaching should be done by excellent, highly qualified people that want to make an investment in children/adults. My very first piano teacher, Diane, had an incredible impact on me... If the notes weren't right or if the counting was a little wonkey, she rarely let it slide, and she helped me to form habits that were both helpful and advantageous to all my future progress. This teaching style might sound exacting, but I believe my students have always benefitted from and enjoyed both the challenges and the fun of making music!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
As a teacher, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student develop a passion for music. If my students do not leave every lesson feeling inspired, encouraged, and wanting to practice and play music, then I am not doing my job. Just as I tailor each lesson to match the individual student, expect the student to grow and develop as a musician at his/her own pace. Ultimately, music is universally accessible and I want to foster a love and appreciation for listening to music as well as performing music.
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