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My teaching experience started when I was completing my associates degree. I began teaching one on one cello lessons to high school students, as well as fellow college students who were interested in expanding their instrumental knowledge. As I went on and graduated college I began teaching lessons for elementary students who play violin and viola in addition to cello lessons. I often have multiple choices for students to work on, if they do not have their own music. I believe it is important for the student to have a choice in what they study instead of having pieces "assisgned" to them. I like to take moments to enforce basic music theory skills into lessons to give students a greater understanding of the music they study.
For violin and viola, I base my beginning instruction in the Suzuki Method and philosophy. The latter refers to the concept that ANY human being can learn music provided the right environment is created to facilitate the learning. I am a firm believer of this philosophy. As students get more advanced, I incorporate Music Reading (theory) as well as repertoire outside of the Suzuki method. I also make sure the students and their families are participating- or willing to look into it- of activities outside of the lessons that enhance the musical development and enjoyment: joining a choir or an orchestra, attending concerts, participating in recitals with other students, etc. For voice and piano students, I combine several methods according to the students needs. Voice students in particular would benefit from my experiences growing up as a singer since very young (from boy soprano to grown-up baritone). The development I went through allowed me to experience for myself a vast repertoire, which is the basis of what I teach in my lessons.
I began teaching about five years ago at student's homes in New York. My Main focus is teaching young children. I encourage learning music theory, sight-reading and developing a style of performing, or just playing the violin as a hobby.
I begin teaching my beginner students to locate notes on the piano/guitar and have them practice basic exercises to establish muscle memory. If there are any songs in particular that my student wants to learn, then I find the sheet music and begin working on them. I use a separate homework notebook that can have assignments and practice strategies for my stuedents to study during the week. When I teach adults, I like to get to know what their style is and what they are mostly interested in learning. I teach them proper technique and focus on what they want to learn. I keep each lesson fun and interesting and offer stickers to my younger students.
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The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student, so no two students' lesson plans will be identical. Topics covered during Musika's violin lessons may include, but are not limited to: how to hold the violin and bow, different bowing techniques, how to read music, musicianship skills to aid in playing in tune, developing a natural, tasteful vibrato for sustained notes, and most importantly, to have fun playing the violin!
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. Violins are a small instrument that can be comfortable hands. While most adults will play on a standard full size, the violin comes in smaller sizes as well and our network of teachers will be able to assist you on choosing the correct one.
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, our teachers will work with you to enhance your skills and musical comprehension. With customized lesson plans adult students find lessons with Musika to be both successful and rewarding.
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
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 Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
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 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 Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
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