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As a music teacher coach, I have been teaching since 1984, and it is my passion. Though I do teach in student's homes within a 12 mile radius, I prefer to teach in my studio as I have a very well equiped facility that parents and students appreciate. I'm able to record lesson onto cd, have a full music library, and instruments. I'm also conveniently located for Long Beach and Orange County residents. My teaching experience includes being on music faculty for the following: Orange Coast College/Coastline College (1999-2010: Music History, Music Appreciation, Voice, Strings, Piano and Music History and Music Therapy for Active Senior Citizens and Film History); California State University (1988-1995: Staff Accompanist, Vocal Coach, and Class Piano Adjunct Faculty) High School and Private School instruction include: Edison High School (Huntington Beach, CA), Grace Lutheran Elementary School (Huntington Beach, CA), Good Shepherd Lutheran (Irvine, CA), Blessed Sacrament Catholic (Westminster, CA). I'm the founder of Spencer Music and Artist Development and have taught privately for since 1984. My school offers ample opportunitites for performances in small recitals, professional debuts, and particpation in internationally recognized theory and performance grades in affiliation with London College of Music (these levels certifcations are recognized in US by High School and Colleges). In addition I prepare students for college entrance exams/auditions, local musical theatre and playhouse audiitons as well as preparing students for the recording industry. As a composer/arranger, I'm a recording artist, and have arranged for other artists, composed for churches, musical theatre, and recording artists. I can assist my students with their own unique composition style, and show them how to use media programs such as Sibelius, Pro Tools, Musware, Garage Band and Virtual Dj. to expand their talents and get their music noticed. As a Kindermusik specialist I have also many years of experience teaching young beginners piano, voice and violin and I have students as young as 4 years old already exploring Mozart as well as pop repertoire. As a coach I gear my lessons to the desires and goals of my students. I'm adaptive to student learning styles, and other considerations. I have also taught sight and hearing impaired students. I'm currently accepting new students and look forward to helping you effortlessly reach your full potential and your specific music goals.
I create a personalized lesson plan for each and every student I teach, because not everyone learns the same way. I incorporate music and exercises from a variety of different books in a way that I think would best suit my student. I will often also have my students learn music that has a part for a second violin, so that I can accompany them.
I am a classical trained musician. I was brought up in Bloomington Indiana, the home of the no.1 rated music school in the States (by the teacher's association). Ever since I was 10, I was involved with the University music life. I had the fortune to study with Janos Starker - perhaps the greatest cello technician in the world! His playing style is comfortable, clean, natural, and free of tension problems. Anyone can learn this great technique and benefit from it. I stress this technique on all of the instruments we teach. I was the best teacher in Los Angeles area for producing the most competition winners of SYMF a few years back (cello).
I'm a Juilliard grad currently receiving my masters degree from USC Thornton School of Music in viola performance. I have been teaching violin and viola for the past 8 years. I have taught all ages and levels, as young as 3 and as old as 40 - beginners to advanced. Along with teaching, I have performed in many of the best halls around the world. Juilliard allowed me to perform in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (home of the New York Philharmonic), and Alice Tully Hall (also in Lincoln Center, NYC). Upon moving to LA, I have performed numerous times in Walt Disney Concert Hall, and also had the chance to perform with Elton John for a concert at USC and for a documentary about his new album. I have also gone on tour in Japan with a very prestigious summer festival.
My teaching method is mainly the combination of The Juilliard School of Music and Suzuki Method. Lessons are specifically designed to fit individual students age, background, strength and personality. In my classes, not only students are taught how to play the violin, they are also taught ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and performance skills; Most importantly, students are also taught self-confidence, discipline, appreciation of the arts, and the pride that comes from a job well done.
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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 further your skills and reach any goals you may have. With customized lesson plans, and our convenient in-home lessons option, adult students find lessons with Musika to be both successful and rewarding.
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.
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!
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.
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
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 Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
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 Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
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