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: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola
Teaching Methods: For beginning cello students of all ages, I normally use one of my teacher's method books: Cellocity by Helga Winold of Indiana University. As my cello students progress, I slowly introduce smaller pieces that can normally be found in Suzuki method books. After my cello students have advanced significantly, I begin to introduce more complex pieces that are found in the standard cello repertoire. Eventually, my students reach a level where they gain the ability to gauge their experience level and select their own pieces with my approval. Throughout the process, I also integrate tidbits of music theory and history to give the student a more well-rounded experience. As for guitar and piano, I normally take a more custom approach to teaching that tends to not revolve around any specific method book. However, I typically teach beginning pianists and guitarists how to read through and play simple pieces of music so that they understand the fundamentals before moving on to a mix of songs or pieces that I select and songs or pieces that the student wishes to play so as to keep things fresh and exciting.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is supportive and progressive. Keeping things fresh, new, and exciting is always a factor in all of my lessons, no matter the student or the instrument. Furthermore, my teaching philosophy is that positivity and encouragement leads to progress at all levels. I try to push my students to achieve their full potential without making them feel forced to do so. This way, my students learn more about themselves through music instead of feeling stagnant and unmotivated because of music.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style requires a lot of patience, of which provides the student to advance at their own pace and find their own creativity. I ask that parents trust me in the journey, it is very unlikely to get someone playing professionally overnight. But with patience and hard work and commitment we can get very far. I evaulate the student within the first few months to find what hidden talent they may have and use it to our advantage.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Trumpet, Keyboard
Teaching Methods: For beginning students, I typically use a flash card system to introduce basic music theory concepts which will pave the road to begin reading music. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. Along the way, I will also infer with the student about music they often listen to and attempt to pull repertoire from similar areas. As for the more advanced students, I generally focus on strengthening good habits and tuning out the bad ones. Additionally, I will challenge these students with repertoire a grade higher than they're used to in hopes of pushing them to be better than they were the day before.
Teaching Styles: Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop an understanding and passion for for Music! Therefore it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by going against the standard 30min-1hr practice time and instead set realistic goals for my students at each lesson that they should hope to achieve at their own pace. By utilizing forms of positive reinforcement such as acknowledging accomplishments, I can help fuel a student's desire to progress, and make them eager to learn more. By trying to deduce what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor our time together to meet their wants and needs.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Electric Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: I believe each student is different. Therefor, lessons should differ depending on each students particular needs, taste in music, and age. I would never treat an adult student like I would a young student and vice versa. I always try to set weekly goals with each of my students in order for them to have something to work towards on a consistent basis. If my students don't reach their weekly goal I simply have a little bit of a review with them in the beginning of the lesson and then proceed with that weeks work. I do this to ensure that their skill level and understanding of music is constantly progressing, not regressing.
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello
Teaching Methods: Will utilize a blended approach with parts of all major methods being blended.
Teaching Styles: I will help foster excitement with the music styles that the student wants and tailer my teaching using what is preferred. I do not take the lazy way of teaching straight out of a book cover to cover.
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