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I am a musician originally from Mexico, I have performed in Latin america and Europe. I am currently part of the Symphony of the Americas and Miami Symphony. I also teach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Besides teaching and performing in orchestra I am also very active as a recitalist and chamber musician.
I have my bachelor's in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University. I have received the highest honors in state competitions and I have had the pleasure of working with some of the top university orchestras in the southeast, including the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra and the University of Tampa Orchestra. I have also been fortunate enough to study with some of the great nationally and internationally known Suzuki instructors, whose knowledge and techniques I will share with my students. When I am not teaching, I enjoy music making in my community. But what I enjoy most is being able to teach the delight of music making to my students
I have been playing violin for 15 years and have enjoyed playing many different styles of music. In high school, I participated in several Fiddle Ensembles, playing bluegrass, jazz, rock and fold music standards. I participated in several musicals, including Cotton Patch Gospel, in local Community Acting Companies. I participated in Akron Youth Symphon as a principle second violin player and first violinist, as well as a member of the Akron Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble in 2006-2007. In college I developed a love for musical thearter and orchestral pit music, playing in the orchestras of many famous operas, including La Boheme. I joined the first String Jazz Quartet, and learned the basic styles of jazz, jazz improvisation, and composition. I received my master's at Florida Atlantic University on a full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, where I was concermaster for 2 years. I have performed many famous orchestral solos, included Symphony Espognol, Pinata, and Orpheus in the Underworld. At FAU I developed a unique teaching curriculum for my private students to create a personalized experience that allows each student to learn at their own pace. My goals as a musician and as a teacher are to help my students grow their appreciation for music and enjoy the experiences of learning music, which is such an integral part of the human experience. Music can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life, and whether a student is just curious, wants to impress friends and family, or to become a professional musician, I am ready to teach my passion for this art form!
My teaching is inspired by the success of my students,my teaching profession is a joy and passion. I graudted with my A.A. degree in Music Education from Miami Dade College and got my Dilopma in Social Music from The National Guild of Piano. In my career I have had oppurtunities to perform solo our in accompained by other musicians being it in Church or in an orchestra.
I've been learning and performing since I was 9. First it was just simple recitals among my fellow peers at Chafin Music school, but as I became more proficient with the guitar, I fell into my first band. It was just a friend who sang, and myself who played guitar as a duo. Our first show was our schools talent show of my sophomore year. As luck would have it, we came in first place among the plethora of musical acts, dancers and actors. From there we eventually found other musicians to complete our act, which is how I managed to become a multi instrumentalist as I picked up working knowledge of how to play bass guitar, keyboard and drums. I've been in 6 different bands, and all before I was 20. The first show I played had over 300 people there, and I nearly died of stage fright. Not to mention, I popped two high E strings, on two different guitars. It was almost like dying. I've played countless shows, and performed at countless open mics nights, playing to well over 2,000 people since. My love of music comes from the personal fulfillment attained when creating new, original compositions. Learning to play songs I enjoy is great, but the best part of music comes from the ability to be able to invent unheard material. Seeing aspiring musicians thrive as I assist in sculpting the foundation that students eventually finish molding themselves upon, is amazing to witness.
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Music lessons are tailored to the student's specific needs. The teacher will work with each student individually to develop a lesson plan that teaches them the way they learn best. While working towards the students specific goals, there will be lessons in music theory, how to correctly handle the instrument, and how to develop the students own style. While Musika does not mandate a particular style of teaching, if there is a method you are interested in we will do our best to match you with a teacher that specializes in that particular instructional style.
As you start violin lessons, there are a couple different options you can choose as a way to obtain an instrument. Some students can choose to purchase rather than rent, which would be most useful for advanced players. Renting can be done on a monthly basis and will provide you will almost everything you need for your lessons, as far as the instrument is concerned. It is best for young students to rent, as they will need to start with a smaller instrument, and work up in size as they grow.
When you choose in home lessons, you are choosing the most convenient way to include music to your life. By having the instructor come to your home you are saving time, money, and energy! Not only is this a convenient option for busy schedules, but it allows you to learn your instrument in the familiar, comfortable space of your own home.
Children can start violin as early as age 4. Though there is a standard size for violins, they also come in smaller sizes that best fit their frame. As the students grow, they can move up in size and rental can facilitate the frequent change in instrument size. Being one of the smallest members of the string family, the violin lends itself well to younger students. Any teacher or music store professional can help you choose the correct size. During violin lessons, children will begin to learn how to handle the instrument correctly, read music, and develop their overall skills as a musician.
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
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 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 Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
Review by Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
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 :)
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