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Community Academy of Philadelphia- Creative Expression Teacher: 1 year, 200 students. I currently teach a 7th and 8th grade Music based Humanities course. In this course, I am currently teaching my 200 7th and 8th graders how to play the ukulele using current and past pop, rock, rnb, and hip hop tunes. I also am hosting an after school group violin class. Memphis Street Academy Choir Director: 1 year, 36 students. I directed a 7th and 8th grade choir as well as a 5th and 6th grade junior choir. I also took some of my most talented students to participate in American Paradigm Schools' MusicFest. SU Prep Program Private Instructor (violin, viola, cello, guitar): 4 years, 20 students and early childhood music class assistant. I led suzuki group classes regularly. Central Oak Heights Music Camp: Camp counselor and private cello and bass teacher, 2 years
My teaching methods include traditional and Suzuki technique with an emphasis on music theory. Young students benefit from Suzuki technique using activities and games to foster learning. For young beginners as well as adult, I start with Hal Leonard's Esential Elements. Lessons include classical as well as popular music and are tailored to the need of the individual student. By instilling a strong foundation in string technique and music reading, students progress quickly and have fun. An education in music is an important part of a complete education for all ages.
I am extremely passionate about music and excited to pass my passion on to students. I have been studying violin since I was 4 years old and it has always been a central part of my life. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University this past May with a BFA in Violin Performance and Physics. I enjoy music of all styles and in addition to classical music I play rock and jazz. I collaborate frequently with Trenton based rock artist Roy Orbitron.
I have been a Co-Teacher and Student Teacher numerous times over my years at Kutztown and have privately taught close friends for the past 3+ years. I am very well versed in music theory and use it heavily in my lessons.
There are two selves, self one is free and limitless. Self two contains the ego and long with it self doubt. Musical mastery is about learning to listen to self one; the truth self.
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Each student has a different preference when it comes to learning, and as a result the structure of the lesson will vary from student to student. Each teacher works to tailor their lesson plans around each students' specific needs and goals, all while teaching them important aspects of their instrument. Students will learn how to read music, develop musicianship, and proper technique. No two lessons will be the same as all students have different strengths and goals. If the student has a particular style or method in mind, Musika will make a match to a teacher that will be able to accommodate those needs.
Young students will learn all aspects of playing their new instrument. All children will begin to read music, and learn how to handle their instrument properly, as well as start to learn about harmony and rhythm. Violas are a small instrument that can be comfortable for little hands. While most adults will play on a standard full size, the viola also comes in smaller sizes and the teachers in our network will be able to assist you on choosing the correct one.
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.
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.
Musika works with all ages and skill levels to help students reach their highest potential! Whether you are an adult beginner, or an advanced player, the teachers in our network will work with you to further your skills, and reach any goals you may have. With customized lesson plans, and a convenient in home option, adult students find lessons with Musika to be both successful and rewarding.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
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 Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
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