Our music lesson students will have the opportunity to take lessons from the comfort of their own home or in one of the teachers studios. Careful attention is placed on each student to ensure a custom lesson plan. Our music teachers understand that every student has different needs and abilities and therefore the lessons will be planned with that knowledge in mind.
lessons are available in the following areas:
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Synthesizer
I grew up lerning with the Suzuki Method. I enjoy different methods, including Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, but it really depends on the student! How you take in, process, and act on information. Also how well you practice AT HOME!!!!
Instruments: Piano, Violin
Teaching Methods: Most of the time I start students off with the Suzuki method. However, I do not teach exactly as the Suzuki method is laid out. I use the material for mainly for the music. I believe it is important to teach music reading skills as well as playing by ear. Good technique is extremely important. When i first went to college for music, it took me almost an entire semester to change some technique that would bring me to the next level in my ability of playing. It was miserable to change something that I've been doing my entire musical career. My hope is to guide students early on and teach good technique from the start so that they will not have the same problems and challenges later on as I had. Learning new songs is fun but my goal is not to "check off" songs as we go, although repertoire is important. My goal is for my students to not to only expand their repertoire but more importantly to grow as a violinist/pianist/musician through the song.
Teaching Styles: I love hearing a student improve in their music. I love not only hearing them play but seeing them grow as a person. Music is an incredible powerful gift that can be used in so many different ways. I believe in learning a musical instrument students can be benefited as a person by learning self discipline/patience/perseverance. It's a great way to set goals and see goals met. There is no way for learning an instrument to be a quick process but little by little it can progress to a great accomplishment. It not only for self benefit but also for others. I want my students to learn what they have learned and to use it to bless and maybe even some day teach others.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
For beginning students,on violin, viola and cello, I work with the Essential Elements and Suzuki books (depending on the student). They offer a lot of practical information, as well as beginning music theory for all string students. For my beginning violin and viola students, I only work with them through Essential Elements book 3. At that time, I would refer them to a teacher who's primary instrument is violin. With my cello students, all levels are welcome. I also use the Essentially Strings for some beginning cello students, depending on the student. As we progress in cello, they would need to purchase a scale book, possibly other Suzuki books, an etude book, as well as other individual pieces that they would learn. I am a very technically based teacher, so the basics and foundational methods are very important and would be the primary focus in the beginning, as we learn and gain comfort with all string instruments.
Teaching Methods: For students picking up the violin for the first time, I typically progress them through Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Violin and the Suzuki Violin method. As students learn to read music, I will introduce scale work and simple etudes. While finger placement is important, I tend to emphasize bowing technique, as the true power of the instrument comes from the bow. I try to establish a students’ tone and their ability to listen before progressing them into more difficult pieces. For more advanced students, I typically focus my lessons on four areas: 1) Scale work; 2) Etudes; 3) Double Stops/Harmonics; and 4) Solo violin pieces. My lessons draw heavily from Enrico Polo (30 Double Stop Studies), Schradieck (The School of Violin); Kreutzer (42 Studies), and Ivan Galamian (Contemporary Violin Technique).
Teaching Styles: The best lesson my college instructor taught me was that practice does not sound pretty – practice is where the musician overcomes their shortcomings. I do my best to help my students fall in love with the process of becoming great. To do this, I teach my students how to practice, not just what to practice. I teach my students how to develop muscle memory by breaking up difficult runs into the various rhythms. I also encourage my students to listen to the music they want to play and attend the concerts of musicians they want to emulate. Better listeners ultimately become better musicians, so I do my best to develop those listening skills in my students.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
I enjoy teaching all ages, and the most rewarding thing about it is when my students show improvement, take initiative to enter into the larger community (through a recital, stage performance, competition, or other activity), and achieve their goals! To inspire this I teach students at his or her own pace. With each lesson, we identify what needs work, work together on the rough spots, and determine what to practice- and how- so as that these things are no longer difficult. I continually identify additional skills for each student to work on, and acknowledge achievements to build confidence and foster desire to learn. When students are motivated to practice, learn, build their skills, and share their knowledge and ability, I know I have done my job. When my students show a passion for the music and a desire to share it, I know I have done my job well.
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