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
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.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet
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.
Instruments: Violin, Viola
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.
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, Guitar, Voice, Violin
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: I do my best to tailor my style to each students specific needs and goals. In general, I am a very laidback and patient teacher. My students recieve clear and achievable goals at the end of each of their lessons to work on while they are practicing during the week. This enables students to be able to really see their own progress as the practice. I also believe in music lessons being an enjoyable experience for students so I include students in making the decision for what pieces they would like to learn. I really believe it's important for the student to be included in shaping the direction of lessons so that they have lessons that engage them and are enjoyable.
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