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, Guitar, Voice, Violin
For piano beginners I use the Faber book series. I prefer these books because it gives a mixture of theory and technique that I think is essential to learn at an early stage. For violin beginners I prefer to use the Suzuki Method books. These books are great because they get the student playing quickly, while still introducing the foundations of basic theory for reading music. Beginning guitar is a little more flexible depending on the students goals and the styoe they would like to learn. In the past I have used Hal Leonard's book series, the Carcassi series, or created unique lesson by finding tabulature for songs the student was interested in. Voice is also a more tailored experience based on students preferences and thanks to the ability to find sheet music for nearly everything online.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet
I have been teaching private violin lessons since I was in high school-about 7 years ago. I have always had an influx of violin students and was employed by the University of Idaho to teach private violin lessons for their Preparatory Division. My primary instrument is violin, but I also play viola, cello, saxophone and clarinet fluently. My lessons focus around creating characteristic sound and correct technique, as well as short lessons on music history and theory to keep the students' music education well rounded. My previous students range from age 3 to age 50, so I have experience in all age groups. I find all aspects of music absolutely fascinating and love sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge with my students.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola
For young beginner students, I start with Essential Elements book one so they can play along with the CD with adjustable tempo. Later, I gradually introduce the songs from Suzuki books and continue applying it with Suzuki teaching method. In addition to Suzuki classical songs, I add some duets to play with students for building the chamber ability for students. Also, some fiddle tunes for addressing some technique left out from the Suzuki books to keep lessons challenging and fun.
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Beginner students of mine will learn mostly by ear so that they can focus on building technical and aural/intonation skills (this includes learning fun songs by ear), and when they are ready I like to start my students with Suzuki and Mark O'Connor method books which gives a nice combination of standard and folk/fiddle tunes. Along with the pieces they learn, students will also learn scales and/or etudes that will continuously guide their technical advancement.
The key element in music education, and one that, sadly, often goes overlooked, is to preserve the sense of enjoyment--we aren't digging ditches, we're learning to create beauty. If I or the student aren't enjoying what we play, there's no reason to expect our audience to, either. To that end, I like to keep lessons relatively informal, creating a sense that the student and I are working together to discover beautiful sound, rather than make students feel they're being lectured on a weekly basis. Music should be hard work sometimes--competitions and recitals play a role in helping us tackle nerves and set goals--but the focus should always remain on the fact we are trying to induce joy into the world.
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