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I received my BA in violin performance from the University of Colorado at Denver and also attended UNC where I received a viola scholarship. I play both the violin and viola, having the violin as my primary instrument.
I am a highly motivated, hard-working, and outgoing individual. I love people and believe that teaching music lessons is one the best ways to connect with students of all ages and develop a relationship with them. I started learning piano in Kindergarten, began Saxophone in my 5th grade Band, and started tutoring other band students in 6th Grade. In 7th Grade I earned scholarship to attend Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp at the University of Illinois. The excellent education that I received at ISYM, proved to be a critical influence on my desire to succeed musically and academically. I earned 14 scholarships for college and returned to The University of Illinois where I received my Bachelors in Music Education with Instrumental Specialization and became certified to teach Band, Choir, and Orchestra for Grades K-12. Since then have taught students and groups of students ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 89.
I am a motivated, determained, and pasionate instructor who loves working with students of all ages. I am currently a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver working towards my Bachelors in Music Education with an instrumental concentration. I love to share my gift of music with everyone! I have been playing music for 8 years (since 7th grade). I have had many different playing experiences in many different genres and many different groups.
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Music shops that sell violas can usually also work out viola rentals. This is best for smaller, short-scale violas that are designed for small children. For adults, either used or new violas will work just fine. The only factor to keep in mind is that used violas are sometimes sold as-is, meaning they may not be in the best condition. Our instructors are familiar with good viola maintenance techniques and can be of assistance.
No particular style of teaching is taught by each teacher. All students and teachers are different, and therefore each lesson will be different. All teachers will teach the student how to read music, handle the instrument correctly, and advance their musicianship. Teachers will also work with students on any particular goals they may have. If a student is interested in a certain style of teaching, we would be more than happy to pair with a teacher who works with that method.
Children can start viola as early as age 4. Though there is a standard size for violas, they are also available in smaller sizes which are suitable for small children. As the students grow, they can move up in size, and the instrument can grow with them. Being one of the smaller members of the string family, the viola lends itself well to small hands. Any teacher, or music store professional can help you choose the correct size. On the viola, children will start off learning how to handle the instrument correctly, read music, and develop their overall skills as a musician.
Here at Musika we have adult students that begin taking lessons with us every day. Whether you have been playing for years, or are just beginning on your path as a musician, the teachers in our network will work with you to help you achieve your goals. Our in studio lessons are a convenient option for busy adults, and the teachers will work to further you music education no matter what skill level you are beginning at.
Taking viola lessons in your home is a great way for beginner and advanced students to add lessons to their busy schedule. Not only are you saving money and time on travel, but you are getting the same great lesson experience as you would during an studio lesson. Many children prefer in home lessons as they are able to experience a new instrument in the comfort and security of their home, making them more at ease, allowing them to take in all that the lessons have to offer.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
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 Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
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 Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.