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
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: 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: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
My teaching experience has grown tremendously since being a teacher's assistant when I was in high school. I have been consistently involved with teacher music since my graduation from high school in 2007. In the Fort Wayne, IN area, I have worked with marching, jazz, and concert bands with multiple middle and high schools. I also have experience teaching smaller ensembles and private lessons. Last year, I was the assistant band director for a middle school where I worked with students who had never played before and the advanced ensemble. We all worked very hard and saw success when we received a Gold Rating at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) concert band contest.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe
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.
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet
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!
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