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
I began teaching back in my sophomore year of high school when one of my friends wanted to learn how to play the piano. I gave them half hour lessons once a week and tailored my teaching to fit what techniques they wanted to learn. After that, I began branching out and teaching other friends, and eventually found myself helping out the middle school bands during my study hall. Now that I am in college, my own playing has improved and I have found new ways to connect and teach students whether that be in person, or by using technology such as skype. I find that the key part of playing an instrument, especially for beginners, is to have fun; if the student doesn't enjoy their instrument, then I am not teaching them properly. Similarly, I encourage my students to perform in front of others because I find that showing others what you have learned helps encourage more practice and enjoyment when playing.
Instruments: Piano, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
It is my firm belief that lessons should not just be about teaching the student how to play an instrument. I aim to help my students understand music in the abstract, and then apply this knowledge to their piano playing. I believe that this approach allows for the student to transcend instrument and style, giving them the tools to explore music of any type. Inevitably, this approach will lead to a greater understanding, and in turn, a greater appreciation of music that the student will carry with them for a lifetime.
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
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.
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.
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