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, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
Teaching Methods: My main music philosophy is to teach sound before sight: teach students to hear the music, and then read the notation. For beginners, I want them to become well acquainted with their instrument so I begin with the basic fundamentals, and then teach some traditional tunes before moving on to reading music. For students who can already read music, I like to work on sight-reading as well as finding solo repertoire that can be performed at recitals. Since I find every student learns differently, I like to create my own lesson plans that are tailored to the individual student because this helps them reach their full potential. That being said, I am not against method books as they provide valuable technique exercises that strengthen a student's playing.
Teaching Styles: 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.
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: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style revolves around getting to know my student and his or her abilities/playing style. No two students learn exactly the same way, and giving one on one instruction is where we can work together to develop and progress in a customized way. I approach any kind of teaching as team work. We work together by me giving guidance and the student practicing so both of us reach our desired goals. Nothing is more rewarding that seeing a student succeed and develop a passion for what he or she is doing.
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