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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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola
Teaching Methods: My methods are tailored to each and every student because everyone learns differently and at their own rate. That being said, I am trained in the Suzuki Method (violin and viola) Pre-Twinkle through Book 4, though I try to incorporate the same principles of teaching with my piano students as well. I learned piano with the Alfred Piano Method so those books are usually my go-to, but I'm totally willing to use another method if the student prefers it.
Teaching Styles: My approach to teaching is centered around the student's abilities and desires. I always try my best to make sure that lessons are centered around a specific goal so that the student knows what they're working toward. There's nothing better than seeing a student's eyes light up because they've accomplished something they previously thought themselves incapable of! I try to inspire the student to work hard and have fun because that is the key to success in not just music, but in life!
Instruments: Piano, Violin
Teaching Methods: I have found some terrific methods that get students playing VIOLIN well right away and building up their muscles and endurance. For the first 4 books students get to play along with CDs so their intonation is honed; they learn to "keep up with others playing" and they are encouraged to stick with it through each piece. Later, the harder things like reading music notation, scales, vibrato and the positions are added. As technique improves, so will the sound. I work on intonation and a good bowing arm technique. I can play and they repeat. It helps that I can accompany on the piano if one is available, but if not, the students can listen to me play to help with intonation. Having access to the CDs allows the student to progress at his own speed with an always available accompaniment that makes things SO much easier than it is having to play all alone.
Teaching Styles: I find that the key to enjoyable lessons is to discover just the right sort of pieces a student likes to play. No one likes having to practice something they think is boring. It is with this in mind that I also incorporate games and flash cards and activities involving action for the little ones who can't sit long on a piano bench. I make sure we use ALL the keys of a piano from one end to the other, and the black ones too. Scales and chords are also exciting to claim from one end to the other in all their inversions. For the violin, the books/CDs and GAMES invented by master teacher Eden Vaning-Rosen make learning the violin EASY AND FUN. I have such fun teaching her methods, which she learned from Suzuki and adapted to American culture.
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Teaching Methods: For beginner students, I start with Hal Leonard's "Essential Elements for Strings" Book 1. This book is not only great for learning the fundamentals of the instrument (such as the names of the parts of the instrument, how to hold the instrument, etc.) but it also the best book I have found to teach beginning students how to read music on the violin and viola. For more advanced students, I like to stick with a formula of three things: scales (two-three octaves), an etude (a piece used to focus on a specific technique), and solo repertoire. All students will also learn proper warm-up and cool-down methods, such as stretching and breathing techniques.
Teaching Styles: It is extremely important to me that every student benefits from his or her own personally tailored lesson. This means that there is no "cut and paste" lesson plan to use with each student. Once I get to know the student, I will be able to judge their level of playing ability, their ability to read music, how good their posture is, how good their hand position is, etc. It is also important to me to get to know the student's personality, so that when teaching, I can help make the student feel as comfortable as possible during the lesson. Then, we must determine what the student wants to learn, and figure out the best way to about learning whatever that may be. Finally, we will determine the student's short-term and long-term goals and keep track of these in a weekly planner or notebook.
Instruments: Violin, Cello, Viola
Teaching Methods: I like to begin the first lesson by recognizing the students strengths by having them show me what they can accomplish on their own. There are specific books that I like to teach out of depending on the skill level so that needs to be addressed during the first lesson. Recognizing and building on strengths to me should come before criticising weaknesses. Those will be addressed as they come along and exercises with scales and etudes will be chosen for those weaknesses, but that does not mean that challenging music needs to be played each and every time so that the student has to struggle for greatness. Not everyone will play Pagannini's 24 Caprices, but everyone should be given the confidence and the tools to imagine their own success because success comes from within the player.
Teaching Styles: So many students are encouraged to learn before they really have their own grasp of what music is to them. Getting in touch with the inner musician is important early on to allow development of the passion over time. It is very important to me to make music fun while also emphasizing it's rewards. I love to see students grow and I love to encourage whatever path that it follows. My teaching style therefore depends on the students needs, so that they may be challenged, and wants, so that they can enjoy playing as much as I enjoy teaching.
Instruments: Violin, Trumpet
Teaching Methods: Arban, Rubank, Clarke, Schlossberg, Concone
Teaching Styles: I strive to instill in my students the capacity to teach themselves; after all, it is in the practice room, not in the lesson studio, where the greatest leaps are made. Through a focus on sound and air, the embouchure is trained to be reliable and consistent. A strong foundation of fundamental mechanics and technique will open the doors to play any music in any style.
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