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: 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, Viola
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: 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.
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: Piano, Violin, Viola
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: I love teaching and find it rewarding to do by watching my students making greater improvements. Not only I encourage students to extend their interests of playing music but also like to challenge their potentials by pushing tow ards the limits. My main goal is to teach my students to appreciate and enjoy the music. Also, I emphasize that parents to take an active role in lessons, as they will be the "teacher" when students practice at home.
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.
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