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I believe every student develops at their own pace and has their own ways of learning. As a teacher I strive to discover with the student the most effective ways to practice so that musical goals are obtained in a way that is engaging and exciting for the student. This includes using different approaches to developing technique and the use of different styles of music depending on the student's interests. There are several credible method books I like to incorporate into lessons: Clark technical studies, Goldman Etudes, and Arbans. For the beginning and advanced students I combine personal customized lesson plans with musical selections that interest the student and provide opportunity for musical development.
I have taught private lessons since my senior year of high school, six years ago. In addition to the study of the trumpet, I have also taken two years of private voice lessons with an accomplished opera singer and interned in the office and on the road for professional children's music band, The Cat's Pajamas. I have a lot of experience with competitions and college auditions while also having plenty of insight into what it takes to operate a business in the music industry. Whether I am teaching a beginner or an advanced player, the emphasis is always on making music for the joy of it! There is a distinct difference between "playing the trumpet" and "making music", but I always endeavor to fuse the two together in every lesson.
I began teaching private lessons in my undergraduate career in Ithaca, New York. I've taught primarily private trumpet students, but have also been involved in several group lessons as well. I gently encourage all of my students to live up to their fullest potential by challenging them in a loving yet firm way. I want my students to not only succeed in their trumpet playing, but to love music as well. My main philosophy when it comes to teaching is "Isolation". Breaking down difficult sections or concepts to the point where a student understands them, is one of the most important aspects of a lesson.
My goal in lessons is to teach students how to practice. So in my lessons I show them methods for warm-ups, exercises for workouts to develop range, articulation use, and technical playing. I have each of them learn how to play lyrically and musically. In the background to get them comfortable with playing music well and reading it easily, I work with them on music fundamentals to build a sturdy foundation. I not only teach them things such as scales and how to build them, but I help them get very proficient and comfortable with these skills until they take almost no effort or thought. When they are comfortable in all fundamentals, the rest of reading music becomes very easy. I also ensure each student learns ear-training and singing. If they can sing what is on the page, they know that they are going to play, and that makes them sight-reading stars. I work on solos that challenge and push the students enough to develop their skills but also give them a chance to feel and be successful in performing them well for occasions. I highly encourage my students to audition for any possible opportunity that will challenge them and help them gauge their progress and give them performance opportunities.
I only had one student thus far in my teaching career but i can truly say that i taught him so much during our experience together. The best part about teaching a student, and i'm going to restate what i said earlier, is that both grow in the process. It only took me a year to teach that little kid how to play properly. I look forward to teaching other students as i would love to influence the youth with partaking in music. WE all know, music is something we all need in our lives. To me teaching comes naturally.
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A trumpet has several parts: the rim, the cup, the mouthpiece, the shank, the lead pipe, the valve, and the valve casings. Make sure all the parts of the trumpet are in good condition. If you're unfamiliar with the instrument it's best to ask an expert or a store employee. Prices for trumpets can vary so it is important to have a budget in mind when shopping around. Usually students will rent the instrument for some time before purchasing. When trying out trumpets many students chose to bring their own mouthpiece, as this is the most personal part of the trumpet.
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.
Children generally begin to learn the trumpet at age 8 or 9. We suggest this age, because the student needs to be able to hold the instrument correctly and support its weight. The student's fingers need to be the right size to play instrument, and the child needs to have enough lung capacity to support the sound of this instrument.
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.
Many adult students choose to take the trumpet, even without any previous experience. Trumpet can be a wonderful instrument to learn for the first time and a lot of progress can be made as long as the student is practicing! It takes a lot of lung capacity and skill to play trumpet making it a fun and challenging instrument to learn.
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Dylan Jacinto
Jessie is the finest musician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I find her overall concept of approaching an instrument to be both comprehensive and effective. Each technique she has acquired has made it possible for her to tailor her method to a variety of ages and individuals. I cannot speak more highly of Miss Jessie's abilities. Her lengthy and impressive cradecials speak for themselves. I recommend no hesitation in seeking her services!
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
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