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, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
We have all heard that “practice makes perfect”. In reality, perfect practice makes perfect, and true improvement comes from proper practice technique. That can seem a difficult goal for students, so each lesson targets a realistic goal for practice techniques and improvement. As we work on the short-term objectives, we also have the long-term goal of recitals and possibly other performances throughout the year. Music theory has a place in each lesson, as it is one of the basics for eventual success in musicianship. I try to keep lessons engaging, however, and include duets and “fun” music to help spark an interest and love for music in the student. Because each student has his or her own learning style and purpose for studying music, lessons are individualized in order to help each one achieve his or her ultimate goal in music.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Clarinet, Keyboard
Teaching music is a very rewarding experience. Its often nice to see a student to be able to open their eyes and understand the music concept. Every child is different. I like to let each student to progress at their own pace. Patience is the key here when learning to play a new music instrument. I am very flexible and layback. Students enjoying playing their instrument and enloying their lessons is more important than being able to master a piece of music. I do rewuire students to practice at a minimum of 30 minutes three times a week.
My style of teaching revolves around a solid foundation in technique and proper ways to practice. This is the hardest part about having music lessons, because its all about muscle memory. I advise learning the basics before jumping straight into learning pieces. It's very important to play the right way, and more importantly, practice the right way. Another thing that I teach is that failure is not bad in itself, but its only part of the process that lets a student know what to work on. Many times, failure is a result of certain muscles and movements not being trained yet, and not something that is out of reach. When learning how to play an instrument, patience is a must.
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.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Electric Violin, Fiddle
Teaching Methods: My teaching method will be largely based on what you want to accomplish as a musician. My students taking the classical route will become familiar with the Suzuki Method books. I like to supplement this with etudes, folk tunes, and something of personal interest to you (pop music, world music, video game, etc.) If you are more interested in a fiddle/bluegrass approach, I will start you on the O'Connor Method books for violin/viola. For my advanced and intermediate students (violin and viola only), we would follow classical pedagogy in order to advance technique in accordance of the demands of concertos, etudes, and orchestra repertoire.
Teaching Styles: I thrive on my students' success. I am a patient and passionate instructor. However quickly you want to advance is up to you. Lessons are for guidance, but practice is where you will achieve proficiency. I will set clear goals for you based on what you show me you are capable of. As you may have read, I am an advocate of challenges, and it is my goal to keep my students actively engaged with their progressing technique and repertoire. You'll never wonder what you are supposed to practice, we'll make that clear at the end of each lesson. Are you ready to make some music? :)
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