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: A Suzuki trained violinist myself, I use the Suzuki method as a foundation for all studies and supplements various forms of traditional methodology into my teaching.
I regularly utilize the Franz Wohlfhart etude studies and Harvey Whistler position books.
Listening is something that I highly encourage and often require in conjunction with at-home practice.
Music theory is also something that I am passionate about and love to teach!
All of my students learn music theory either incorporated into their lesson or as an additional lesson.
Teaching Styles: Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by settting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student's desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I believe in constructive criticism and positive reinforcement and always have an encouraging attitude!
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Ukulele
I was taught through the suzuki method from age 4-16, but I really enjoy getting to know each individual student to decide which method to use. I usually use Belwin, Essential Elements, and Suzuki, but I teach many other genres as well depending on what the student is interested in. I incorporate hands-on activities, a lot of listening, movement, theory, drawing and coloring, singing, clapping, dancing, and ear training into my lessons. I believe that EVERY student can learn! Even if you think you are tone-deaf or can't keep a steady beat, you are able to learn and achieve your musical goals.
Instruments: Piano, Violin
My philosophy is if it isn't fun; nobody wants to do it. My method of teaching provides simple psycology in making praticing fun. The piano needs to be praticed every day if the student wants to progress! For Children I teach pop and classical piano, where as adults I try to find out why they want to play and what style of music they would like to play. Many adults don't desire to be a concert pianist but, If you'd like to play for fun; maybe play at a party to entertain your guests and you would like to play popular music; there's a class specialized for that.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Electric Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass
I begin with developing sheet music literacy in my students right off the bat if they have no experience in reading music. I believe music literacy is one of the most important aspects of learning an instrument. I've always said, "not being able to read sheet music is like trying to be a writer who can't read, it makes no sense". I also begin with teaching proper form. Meaning how to hold the instrument and how to use proper technique. I also love teaching my students through music they like and will be motivated to learn. Music is supposed to be fun, and I do anything for my students so I can ensure that learning their instruments will be fun.
Instruments: Violin, Viola
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.
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