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, 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: Violin, Cello, Viola
I have been teaching privately for 5 years and have had many opportunities to teach in the public schools over the years as well. From August 2013 to May 2014 I worked on a Native American reservation where I worked alongside the Phoenix Symphony to teach two violin classes at the elementary school. During that same time I was student teaching at a Junior High and two Elementary schools where I worked with students on ensemble music. I believe in creating a practice plan with the student to help them keep motivated and I require all students to keep a notebook where they can easily track their progress. I work with the student to identify what types of music they like, and if they come to me with a request to work on a specific song, I will work to find a skill-appropriate arrangement of the piece. I believe that festivals and youth/community orchestras are essential for student growth, and I had several of my students audition for JHFO (an Arizona Jr. High honor orchestra), Regional Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, and college auditions, as well as encouraging my cello students to participate in Cellobration (an annual festival in Arizona exclusively for school-age cellists of any ability). I love teaching, and I welcome students of any age and ability!
Instruments: Violin, Viola
I am a very lively and fun teacher who is both stringent and patient with my students. I teach in order to help others grow. I consider myself a guide on one's journey into the world of music. My students must be ready to take chances, overcome obstacles, and soar towards success.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola
As students progress at his/her own pace I try to keep them moving forward with realistic goals and encouragement. One important consideration I keep in mind is choosing the right music for each student according to developing skill levels. If the music is to easy, a student could become bored and unchallenged. Should the music become to difficult too soon, the student may become discouraged. Having said that, I will allow the student to try some "challenging" music, and allow them to progress and work up to a new level of playing.
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