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.
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Teaching Methods: Suzuki method books are great for beginners, because it's more engaging to learn basic technique through playing pieces than it is repeating scales and exercises. Once a student has solid bow technique and basic left hand dexterity, it's time to start focusing more on scales and targeted exercises and how they relate to pieces. I believe that an incremental approach to technique yields the best results when performing--for example, when approaching a new piece, the first step should be to search out the challenging or problematic passages, identify the techniques required to play them, and drill those techniques using scales and exercises. In this way proficiency is built in manageable segments, always having a clear goal in sight. I also think analysis and composition are important elements of performance, even for students who have no interest in composing professionally--knowing how music is constructed, and how to write music, is tremendously helpful in finding your own voice and interpretation in performance.
Teaching Styles: 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.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
Teaching Methods: I don't have a standard lesson plan that I use for every student, as no two are the same, but for my younger students I tend to use Essential Elements and String Explorer to help with the basics, and from there introduce solo repertoire that aligns with their interests and abilities. For my adult students I work with them to create a plan that aligns with their interests and abilities. I believe that all students should have a say in the music that they play, and if a student comes to me with a request I will do my best to incorporate that music into our lessons.
Teaching Styles: For me, the best part of teaching is when a student's confidence soars due to mastering a new skill. I believe that music can be a great teacher of self confidence and self discipline, and I work to always keep it a positive experience. I set reasonable short and long term goals with the student so that they have something specific to work towards, and I write them down in the student's notebook so that they can look back at what they have accomplished if they start to feel frustrated. I require all students to keep a notebook where we list scales they have mastered, and set our weekly goals as well as important information that they may need (such as materials they need to get, concert dates, etc.). I have found that having a personal notebook helps the student's confidence and helps them to keep track of their progress. In addition, I work with the student to create a practice plan that works with their schedule and abilities so that they have a regular time set aside each day to practice their materials. The most important thing that I do though, is keep communication going with the student so that I can tailor my lessons to the student's interests.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: I start string students in the Suzuki method books. I teach in a Suzuki influenced style, but I start students reading right away. If the student is able to read words, they are ready to read notes and reading music is an essential part of a student's music education. For many younger students, I will also create etudes to accompany their Suzuki pieces. Woodwind students will start in the Rubank series and work on other technique building exercises. These methods are how I typically start my students, but more advanced and adult students will likely use different materials based on ability level and interests. All students receive a monthly practice sheet to log their practicing habits. I keep a sheet for my own records with detailed notes so I can plan the next week's lesson.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style varies from student to student because all students learn differently. What does not change from student to student is the exitement and enthusiasm I bring to every lesson. I genuinely love to teach and if my students are not loving to learn, I need to change my approach. I also believe in strong communication, so students and parents are always aware of my expectations. Above all else, students should be learning in their lessons, cultivating a love and appreciation for music, and enjoying their lessons. Music lessons should always be a positive experience!
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle, Double Bass
Teaching Methods: I am a patient, honest, and versatile teacher. I let the student guide the pace of lessons as I lead the direction. I like to talk about expectations to make sure that we are always on the same page. If you wish to take lessons in order to learn how to play for fun, we can do that. If you would like to learn how to play specific songs, I can set you up for that. If you aspire to be first chair in your orchestra, or win a competition in your school our around you area, I can instruct you how to do so.
For solo players, I look to learn from the Suzuki Book series while inserting other concertos, pieces, and etudes that will help to develop your sound. Taking lessons with myself is equivalent to taking an airplane trip. At first, they check the wings, and weight of the plane while making sure that the gas for the plane and the food for the guests are prepared. Upon entering the run way for take off, the plane begins to pick up speed. It starts slow, but then pick up speeds up to 500 mph in order to reach your destination sooner. Lessons with me will be very similar, but not as expensive as a round trip airfare.
Teaching Styles: Lessons are kept fun and tailored to the student's needs and skill level. We start with the basics and progress from there. I integrate theory and learning to read music into the lessons from the very beginning.
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Teaching Methods: I'll find the best methods for each student, and I believe that methods can be varied. For example, Suzuki Methods only can bring a beginner to medium level. After few year training with Suzuki, it is hard to make progressions on technique. However, Suzuki Methods can be a good fit for children under 10, because of the fun of study.
Teaching Styles: Patience is the key. It is the fundamental requirement of a string teacher. I believe I am the most patient teacher you can find in Arizona. I taught 1 student with ADD, and I developed his talent on music. After 2 years training with me, his concentration had been improved significantly, and he played 2 recitals successfully.
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