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Due to my experience working with multiple grade/age levels, I have learned to carefully fine tune my teaching strategy for each individual student that I work with. At the beginner level I typically work from method books to ensure a solid development of performance fundamentals. I also like to spend a good bit of time establishing successful warm-up and practice routines. With intermediate level students I continue with more challenging method books as well as standard musical excerpts and etudes. When working with advanced level students I feel that it is not only important to further develop physical skill on the instrument, but also to understand and engage the principals of music theory. I enjoy helping advanced students add more feeling and expression to their music through these techniques.
For beginners I do tend to use the Hal Leonard series, but am not limited to just books. I custom fit teaching styles to every individual need. I also write out my own lessons, and feel it is very important to teach what each student is interested in rather than strict teaching methods. I teach styles that my students want to learn and are interested in. If you want to learn what you just heard on the radio, I also "play by ear", so I can teach you what you just heard. The love and enjoyment of music has always been my main focus, and I love sharing that with others.
I create custom lesson plans, goals, and objectives based on the individual student's needs and interests. Strong fundamentals are essential to readily achieve musical success, therefore, I begin with the essentials of posture, breathing, sticking/articulation, and best practice habits. If a student already has a method book or repertoire with which he or she is learning, I am happy to continue with current music, or I have many method books and resources to recommend. I also often write and arrange music for my students. I love to help students discover their own musical passion and provide appropriate arrangements to motivate and inspire growth!
I have been passionate about music since my early years. In 4th grade I picked up the Cello and then in 5th grade we were allowed to try band instruments and I never looked back. I chose the Baritone Horn and played all through elementary, junior and high school as well as it was my major instrument in college. As a junior in high school I taught myself to play both the trombone and guitar. Trombone became my minor instrument and expand my playing to orchestras and Jazz ensembles. I college I tried out for my first show as a performer on stage and have been doing ever since and continue to this day. I love the spotlights. I love sharing my enjoyment with students both as a teacher in the public schools and privately in a lesson environment. I enjoy writing music and have many songs in my portfolio over the years.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
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 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 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 James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
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