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I create an environment where the student can feel as if they can ask any question and can make mistakes without being looked down on. I encourage the student problem solve their own issues through critical thinking.
I am a passionate, motivated instructor who takes great pleasure in seeing his students progress. I perform frequently and I encourage my students to perform as much as possible. I record frequently and have several recordings on itunes. I have a background in classical music and I love to teach jazz and blues as well. I play clarinet, bass clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, flute, trumpet, keyboards and guitar. I have over twenty five years of experience as a an instructor and my skills have been in demand in both private and public schools. As an instructor, I excel at helping students develop the skills and confidence to make them competitive in today's market. Those skills include: tone production, articulation, phrasing and musicality. A 1986 graduate of Montclair State University, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I studied with notable musicians such as: Jonathan Lautman (clarinet), Peter Simenaur (clarinet) and Dan Trimboli (saxophone/flute). I began playing music in school band programs. My high school band played in competitions and appeared in many venues in the New York area including: the Central New Jersey Fourth 4th of July parade in Plainfield NJ, the Pulaski Day Parade in New York City, the Home News Festival in New Brunswick NJ and a special appearance in the 1976 World Series at Yankee Stadium. I am still active in parades, and I have performed in the Memorial Day parade in Scotch Plains NJ for the last ten years. I am a supporter of various charitable organizations such as: the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Lupus Foundation, the BPOE, and the American Legion.
During my time at Seton Hall, I have completed 4 internships as well as my student teaching in different school districts throughout New Jersey, working with students at all grade levels. I have also taught lessons privately for a year during my freshman year of college. I also work as a substitute teacher in the Long Branch school district, at which I have assisted the high school band on many occassions throughout the year. I like to use every experience I had during my time as a student to make life connections with my current students to help them learn music in a way that is easy to comprehend. I like to expose my students to all kinds of music: from different genres to artists to different parts of the world. I try to make all my lessons fun to participate in while keeping their focus at all times. I like to show students that I truly and thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing; that way they can feel encouraged to take their musician skills to the next level and stay motivated to learn more about music!
I have been teaching private students since 2010, and am looking forward to establishing a studio in the NYC area. I believe in helping students establish regular practice habits, with consistent warmup exercises and strong fundamentals. I also find that combining assigned music with music the student choose for themselves helps keep motivation levels high! I want my students to enjoy themselves while learning to play with proper technique, good breathing and musically sensitive interpretation. I encourage students to audition for local and state ensembles, competitions, and other outlets where they can expand their skill set and meet other like-minded students to encourage them in their musical journey.
I cater lessons to YOUR needs and goals. I am not invested in there being a "right" technique of any kind. Together we will create a custom approach so that you will love the experience of playing the music you love.
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A standard trumpet includes many pieces: the rim, the cup, the mouthpiece, the shank, the leadpipe, the valve pistons, and the valve casings. We recommend that when you are purchasing your first trumpet that you visit a music store and speak with a trumpet expert. Prices for trumpets can vary widely, so it is best to have a budget in mind. The majority of students choose to rent a trumpet before purchasing. As the mouthpiece of the trumpet is a very personal part of the instrument, if you are renting, you will need to invest in the mouthpiece portion.
Taking trumpet lessons in your home offers a great way to master your skills on the instrument in a comfortable and familiar setting, Many students and parents find this very convenient as there is no additional time for travel.
Adult trumpet lessons will provide technique on the instrument. Students can expect to learn a lot within the first few weeks of lessons. Teachers will encourage students to practice the trumpet every day for the most progress.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's trumpet lessons may include, but are not limited to: correct embouchure formation, how to shape your lips and buzz, proper breathing and posture, how to develop a solid tone, how to hold, assemble, and clean the instrument properly, how to read music, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the trumpet!
We suggest starting trumpet lessons at age 7 or 8. A student should be able to hold the instrument correctly and their fingers should be large enough to properly push up and down on the valves. Playing trumpet also requires significant lung capacity, which can be difficult for a younger child.
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
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 Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
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