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Justin has been teaching for the past decade in a variety of settings including private one on one lessons, elementary, high school, and college classes. Justin has studied with world renowned musicians such as Vincent Penzarella from the New York Philharmonic, NYC jazz trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and Broadway musician Bud Burridge. Justin has had the privelage to share the stage with some of music's most talented invidividuals, including Saturday Night Live's trumpeter Earl Gardner, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, John Pattitucci, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Lynch, James Moody and Jimmy Heath.
I love to see students grasp concepts. It is extremely rewarding to see students understand a concept and be able to explain how neat it is to a parent or friend. When I get a new student, I get to know exactly what their goals are. We set long term goals, and we make progress by setting manageable short term goals every week. I inspire the student to reach their goals by providing tools to help, and custom lesson plans that are fun and engaging. My lessons also teach grit. Grit is important for any career path your student will ultimately achieve. Students learn to be self sufficient and depend on their practicing. Practicing an instrument independently develops patience and intrinsic motivation.
I began teaching trumpet privately during my senior year of high school after I decided that I wanted to be a music teacher. Since then, I've taught students privately from as young as six to as young as sixty on the french horn, clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano. I have also taught students with special needs and motor disabilities. I really do believe that I have made a positive impact on all of my students. I think it's just as important to have a great time as it is to experience a music education. I do encourage my students to participate in NYSSMA festivals and other solo festivals. It's an amazing opportunity and experience!
My love for music began when I first started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. I developed a strong interest in making music and played the trumpet and piano throughout my school years, performing with the symphonic, graduation, and jazz bands. I studied music performance and technology at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where I took advanced lessons in the piano and trumpet as well as learned recording and production techniques. I performed with several bands in my undergraduate years and have graduated with a BA in music technology and a stronger passion for helping others discover the gift of music.
For a young child to love music, a teacher must introduce it to him or her in a passionate way, without forcing it one the child. The struggling student is just as capable of loving music, just as much as the accomplished one. As I mentioned earlier, all students learn at different paces, so I teach each student as close as humanly possible to their level. It is not important for a child to play like a professional musician, but to play like the student has put his or her heart into learning the music. This is what I love above about teaching music.
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Pieces of the trumpet are as follows: the rim, the cup, the mouthpiece, the shank, the lead pipe, the valve, and the valve casings. Before purchasing the instrument, be sure the pieces are all in good condition, we suggest asking a music shop professional or expert to verify. Be sure to have a budget in mind, as prices for trumpets can vary widely. The majority of students will rent the instrument before purchasing. Many will choose to bring their own mouthpiece for when they are trying out trumpets.
Each student will have a custom lesson plan created for them by their instructor. The teachers in our network will generally recommend specific method books students can purchase for use in their lessons. Students will learn to sight as well as any specific skills needed to play the trumpet and support the sound.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
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.
Children are recommended to start the trumpet at age 7 or 8. A student needs to be able to hold and support the weight of the instrument for extended periods, and have enough lung capacity to support the sound as well.
Review by Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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 Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
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