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Betsy F

Betsy F

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Lessons are fun!  My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come.  Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime. After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages.  After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs. I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons.    I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books.  A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization, and an ipad or tablet keyboard works great.  A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.   

Sarah K

Sarah K

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I usually begin with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sightread and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.

Laura R

Laura R

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I have been teaching music since about 1999 and during that time have had students of different ages and walks of life. I tailor each lesson according to the student's abilities or interests, and emphasize learning proper practicing techniques, as well as music theory. Lessons should be fun and use different methods or games to make the time enjoyable. As a multi instrumentalist, I've been able to see music instruction through several lenses which is useful in drawing a musical picture for students. It's encouraging to see my students' smiling faces and eyes light up when they have reached a musical goal. It is a delight to have students of all ages and it is a joy to encourage them to succeed throughout their musical journey.

Kimberly V

Kimberly V

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I began teaching private violin lessons after graduating college, in 2008. I absolutely love the violin and the beautiful sound that it creates. My goal in teaching is to share that passion with others and together overcome the challenges of learning a new instrument. I have experience in orchestra, solo performance and competitions, church, and various gigs.

George V

George V

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My method is based on a flexibility and an individual approach to every student. For beginning students I play myself a lot to involve them into fairy world of music. We have a nice musical time full of inspiration and cognitive adventures. Adult students I take them through the music they struggle to play with characteristic, emotional and technical features.

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