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I have an interactive yet focused style of teaching. I can(but don't recommend) to use the Suzuki method. I feel that all aspects related to the instruments weigh much importance in teaching the student. However, with the Suzuki method, the student's primary focus is to learn pieces rapidly and climb the level of difficulty as fast as possible. This prevents him/her to fully understand and analyze the piece and lesson and it can also turn the student away from pursuing the instrument further.
Students has different interest regarding to music. Some of them take it seriously and want to achieve big. Others love music and want to have fun. So I use different approaches according their expectation and personality. I think of how to sound better with my music all the time. With given time, I have developed a unique understanding of practicing, performing and approaching. I'm very confident about my method because I'm a very competitive player as you can see from the Video. I'm very kind, fun, and creative. I challenge my students limits while keeping them enthusiastic about music making.
Violinist Mariya M. is a Master of Music candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying as a scholarship student with Joel Smirnoff. Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, Mariya began violin studies at the age of seven. In 2010, Mariya received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Linda Cerone and Joel Smirnoff. She has participated in the chamber music program at Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of the Cavani String Quartet and Peter Salaff. She is a recipient of the Berta Stever/Pascal Monk Scholarship in 2007 and Sacramento Symphony Young Artist Competition Prize Winner, and Robert and Patricia Peabody scholarship winner. She has participated in Banff Center Master class and Orchestra program, Aspen and Pilsen Music Festivals. She has played in the masterclasses for Ian Swenson, Zina Schiff, Pamela Frank, Joel Smirnoff, Soovin Kim, Donald Weilerstein, Kolja Lessing, Elisabeth Wallfish and Daniel Phillips. She has played under such conductors as Fabio Luisi, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Steinberg, Joel Smirnoff, Carl Topilow, Gerhardt Zimmerman, Lior Shambadal, Joel Sachs and Christopher Wilkins in such venues as Severance Hall and the Mondavi Center. She has collaborated with pianists Anita Pontremoli and Christine Hill. Mariya has been a member of the Canton and Firelands Symphonies and a regular substitute of the Akron Symphony.
I use Suzuki as a push off point for violinists. But I will teach anything a musician would like to learn and have music for almost all styles. I usually will begin vocalists with any song they are interested in learning and can recommend books more tailored to their needs and goals upon meeting.
My focus is to create experiences in which my student's experience success. I look for this in concrete ways - aiming to produce improvement in the student from the beginning of the lesson to the end. I meet each student at their individual level, and progress at a pace that is comfortable and realistic for them. I adjust my teaching style to different learning types, and look for positive results in a student's knowledge, playing ability, and engagement. When a student experiences success in the lesson, they are more encouraged to practice on their own, and experience a sense of excitement and fulfillment.
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As a student starts lessons they will need to provide their own instrument. While advanced students may choose to buy a violin, it is a good idea for beginners to look into rental programs. By renting, you are able to commit less financially, and you will be equipped with all the accessories you need. Renting also benefits children, as string instruments come in different sizes, and a child will most likely start on a small instrument. As the grow, they will need to increase the instruments size, and this switch can be done very conveniently if you are renting.
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.
All students are different. That means all lessons will be different. Each teacher tailors their lesson plans around a student's specific needs and goals, while teaching them the most important aspects of their instrument. Students will learn how to read music and develop their own unique style all while practicing proper technique. No two lessons will be the same as everyone's progression is timed differently. If the student has a particular style or method they are looking to learn, Musika will match you with a teacher that will be able to accommodate those needs.
We love adult students! We have adults who are complete beginners, some who haven't played their instrument in 10 years, and some who are more advanced students looking to take their skills to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
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 Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
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