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Jason W

Jason W

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My teaching experience began when I arrived in San Franciso about 15 years ago. It has developed from a part time side job at that time, to an established and integral part of my life and career. As my musical career and experience have grown, so too has my passsion for teaching. And for the last 5 years, I have been teaching ESL in Indonesia, while continuing my musical tutoring, and this has helped me incredibly in relating to students' needs, as well as in recognizing the role of a student's background and environment in their learning process. I am a strong believer in technique and instilling a good practice ethic, but my main goal as a teacher is to connect with a student, and make sure they're having fun. As we all know, we are always learning when we're open, comfortable and enjoying ourselves.

Dan P

Dan P

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My experience in teaching violin started in 2001 as an violin instructor at Music House Inc. Over the years I had been teaching groups as well as private sessions with students from public schools from all over the Chicago area. Learning music is a part of developing mental abilities and perception skills that help the student in areas of interests other then strictly musical: from appreciation of the world around them to skills about thinking of the self in relation to their surroundings. Practicing violin is like training for sports, requiring patience, discipline, and focus. These skills can only effectively be taught if the lessons are fun and informative at the same time. Each lesson is tailored for the necessity and the abilities of the student.

Kari K

Kari K

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I have been called the female Jack Black by many of my former and current students.  So I do believe you could say that I am fun, I make things comfortable and provide a great environment to learn, but then I can also truly be serious and strict when it comes to practicing and performing. Expectations:  Practice DAILY.  Be ready for each lesson.  Be willing to communicate with me about things you do not understand.  Be willing to learn new things, many, in one session.  And finally-be ready to become an outstanding musician in my studio.  I promise you this.

Vera S

Vera S

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Every child learns differently and at various paces; that's why I like incorporating a few different methods in my teaching. I typically use Suzuki along with eastern and western European methods.

Theresa B

Theresa B

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Violin/Viola: I start with music reading using the Essential Elements 2000 series.  This is for two reasons: 1. Is that it's very easy going and doesn't make learning a chore. 2. Is the school system in the district uses the same book, so the student is prepared for orchestra.  Once the student is familiar with everything in EE 2k, he or she "graduates" to The Suzuki Book series. Along with this, we do fun songs like movie themes, fiddle tunes, world music, or rock song intros. Guitar: For students 8 and under I start with Guitar For The Small Fry because it is entertaining to learn from and not overwhelming.  For students 9 to 15, I use Hal Leonard's Guitar Method because it goes at a really nice pace for that age.  For students 16 and older I like using Mel Bay's Guitar Method because it goes a little faster, has more interesting songs for an older person and includes some music theory.  Where we go after these methods is up to the taste and desires of the student.  Along with the music reading books, I like to throw in some simple folk songs, rock song intros, movie themes, or easy rock or blues songs/progressions.

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