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:
Teaching Methods: For students that are just starting out, I use the Suzuki Method. This method includes initially learning by ear or listening, and learning to read notes later on. For children, parent involvement is also an essential aspect of the method, this allows the parent to be able to help their child during practice at home. I also focus on scales as one way to help improve technique using the Carl Flesch Scale Book for more advanced students.
Teaching Styles: Lessons are different for each student because no two students are the same. I want all of my students to love their instrument and have a love of music in general. I work with each student at whatever pace they are comfortable with encouraging them along the way. My purpose for teaching is to share not only my love of music with others but to see students become accomplished and successful musicians.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Recorder, Fiddle, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon
Teaching Methods: Dr. Charles utilizes the best approach for students musical achievement. During his daily public service job, Dr. Charles teaches students ranging from ages 7-18. With this in mind, the best method is a method that allow students to grow musically while thinking critically.
Teaching Styles: Students taking lessons under the direction of Dr. Charles can expect to discuss theory and play instrument within the first 10 min of a session. Depending on the instrument, students may begin with warm-ups/rudimentary fundamentals. After warm-ups are completed, other lessons can range from etude practices, duets, scale memorization, tone developement, phrase awareness, plus many other elements that improves the students overall performance. In closing the lesson, students are given instructions that will be beneficial for the upcoming sessions.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Viola, Ukulele, Electric Violin, Fiddle
Teaching Methods: I teach beginning students both by rote and through reading. We use standard Suzuki books for repertoire and method books such as Wohlfahrt, Mazaz, and Sevcik. Very young students begin on Sassmanshaus since it is very engaging as well as well written. However if there is a specific book a student wants to learn from (such as a book from school or a specific style such as country or fiddle) then I am more than willing to teach from that.
Teaching Styles: I model my teaching from Ms Dorthy DeLay. The key to teaching is firm foundation but also a personable attitude and strong patience. If a student is having a hard time learning then I take the proper steps to make it clear and easy for them without the stress and anger of failure.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Flute, Recorder
Teaching Methods: After I get to know each student, I select the sheet music and/or books that I think will best suit the student's needs and interests. I also incorporate music theory, and if I can't find something just right for a student, I will combine methods or create materials myself. In addition to traditional method books, I encourage students to learn through watching and listening to recordings of themselves and other musicians. Playing or singing music with other people is another great way to develop musical skills, so I assist my students in finding or creating musical groups that fit their interests.
Teaching Styles: I want students to know their personal strengths, so I use lots of specific praise for both natural abilities and for things they've worked hard to achieve. In order to help students develop independent thinking skills, I ask as many questions as I can instead of just telling them how to do things. It’s crucial that my students to know how and what to practice, so I demonstrate and describe the most effective and efficient ways to develop musicianship. Then I write down what we’ve covered on an assignment sheet they can use as a reference at home. Finally, and most importantly, I want lessons to be fun for all of my students (and for me!), so I keep things moving in a friendly, relaxed way.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Double Bass
Teaching Methods: I generally use Alfred for piano, both the children's and adult's versions. I use Hal Leonard for guitar. For both violin and double bass, I generally use either Belwin or Essential Elements. However, some students prefer to not use a method book at all and that is fine. Also, some have different method books they like, which is also fine.
Teaching Styles: I love transfering my love of music to students. I help them achieve their goals at a challenging, yet doable pace. When parts of the music are too difficult, I always break them down into their simplest possible parts. I am not strict, however I am realistic, and let students know that it is critical that they practice so that they can improve.
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