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Teaching Philosophy:Without discipline and technique, there is no possibility for art. At the same time, technique alone expresses very little. Rather, it serves as a tool that frees us to make music. I address the importance of both technique and artistry to my students of all levels. I like to encourage bold interpretive experimentation, and show students how I myself would experiment with phrasing, dynamics and rubato. I like to enliven my students' imagination, as well as tend to the important physical mechanics of playing the piano (your arms should not hurt).
I start by going over the fundamentals of good posture, breath support, and awareness of the students body. While doing this I introduce practicing techniques and repertoire to encourage the student to continue to work on their skills in their own time. I like to find out the interests of students, not only musically, but generally to better understand their goals and work towards them as appropriate.
I do not have any one method I use while teaching. If I feel that a student needs a certain book, I will ask the parent and/or student to purchase that book. My approach to teaching is very straight forward. I meet the student where they are at and we move forward from there. I also believe in body awareness, so our lessons will consist of body movement exercises. The student is encouraged to come to each lesson dressed comfortably to allow for body movement and free air flow. After the inital lesson we will begin to introduce solo repertoire into the lesson. At this point, I may ask for the parent and/or student to purchase music as needed.
My specific methods of private study vary depending on the student's level of experience and willingness to learn. For new and young trumpet players I typically start them with Accent of Achievement or Essential Elements so that they can focus on rudimentary performance skills. Once the fundamentals have a solid presence in the student's performance we will move to Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet. This will serve as an eternal resource to the aspiring trumpet player. Following this, when the student exhibits a deeper understanding of the fundamentals and begins to express interest in soloistic performance practice we will move into a divided study of specific performance skills including: Articulation, Breathing, Flexibility, Transposition, Dexterity, and Orchestral Excerpts. Beyond this students will be assigned solo pieces to apply these techniques to as well as to assist in developing those skills. Pages from these various books/studies can be provided.
I have been around nearly every popular piano series and I think each one is has some solid areas. With beginners I like to pick and choose from different books, the primary lesson book being chosen once I meet the student and get a feel for how quickly they are going to progress. Reading music and counting are both so very important if you want to be a successful musician, which means they are the foundation of all my lessons. Also posture, breathing, and proper technique need to be taught from the beginning so you don't injure yourself.
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The strength voice requires the good health of your entire body to be at its best. Many voice professionals advise that students drink adequate water, get enough rest, avoid stress, and exercise regularly. Singers are advised to not talk or scream at at high volumes or for long periods of time on the days of performances. Additionally, the overuse of alcohol or antihistamines can dry out your vocal folds and make singing efficiently more difficult.
For children who enjoy singing and want to improve their singing ability, we recommend delaying voice lessons until after age 11 or 12. The vocal instrument is a sensitive one that can be easily damaged or strained. By delaying lessons until the voice is mature, kids protect their voice. While the expert instructors in our network are able to teach students of all ages, we highly recommend young children wait until their voice is able to handle the workload required for voice lesson success. After puberty, kids and their voices are mature enough for the daily exercises and regular lessons provided by the professional and trained teachers in our network.
As an adult, singing involves more than proper breathing and vocal control. It also includes choosing songs that compliment your voice and taking care of your vocal cords. Learn how to sing any musical genre with adult voice lessons. The professional instructors in Musika's network are skilled in helping adult students succeed. We give you the tools you need to succeed while performing or during auditions. Choose your favorite genre, then get ready to sing. We come to your home, or you can travel to our studio. With adult voice lessons, learn techniques that help you sing better today and into the future.
Voice lessons will focus on developing proper breathing and vocal technique to improve your singing. You will learn how to support and project your voice even as you learn to read music. You will also learn how to interpret different styles of music, develop performance techniques, and emotionally interpret song lyrics and phrases. The most important thing you will learn in voice lessons is how to express yourself through singing!
Musika deals primarily with home lessons for students. The location is the only difference between our in-home lessons and our studio lessons. As they do not have to travel to their lessons, home singing lessons can be highly convenient for those parents and students with a busy schedule. For younger students in particular, having vocal lessons in the comfort of their own home can be of great benefit. They will feel more safe and relaxed in familiar surroundings, allowing them to focus on learning and enjoying their singing.
Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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