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I typically start with a traditional piano and vocal curriculum and then branch out to the students' areas of interest and goals.
My teaching style is based upon tried and true methods of education that I excelled at while working in public schools. I make individual assesments of each student, deveop a long-term curriculum based on this assessment, and realistically set goals and objectives that will ensure the students progression. By working with parents and staying in close communication with students, we can track and insure student progess. Additionally, I have high expectations of all my students to excel. If students know what is expected of them by teachers and parents, then they are more likely to care and try hard to improve.
I have coached singers and speakers for the last 10 years internationally and worked with all kinds of voices, helping them achieve their goals, no matter if hobby singers, professional singers, recording artists or just students who wanted to work with their voice. I have a passion for teaching and want my students to have a short-cut to learning an easy and fun way without having to go 10 years of training. I am always excited to help improving the music project or the song together with a student. I was lucky to work with some of the best people in vocal coaching such as coaches who worked with The Voice artists as well people of other TV shows. Just recently worked with the Performing arts Academy in OC that works closely with many ongoing Superstars, major Talentagents and labels.
for VOICE Students: I usually associate singing the song with some kind of activity, usually passing a bouncy ball to the beat, or throwing it back and forth. From there, we progress to tapping the beat or the rhythm while singing. Then we’ll combine the two: student claps the rhythm while I tap the beat, and vice versa. I want my students to be able to clearly distinguish these two elements, and to be able to feel and maintain a steady beat which will set them up with a strong foundation for playing more advanced music. I’ve had mixed success with students singing in tune. Some have no problems. With others, I’m working hard with them at recognising and singing high and low notes as well as pitch matching. From there, I teach them to play each song on the piano through imitation. Through spaced repetition and regular review, I expect them to play these pieces from memory. What I’ve observed is that there seems to be a spectrum: some students have a far easier time of memorising the songs and playing them at the piano. Others have become stuck on the same pieces even after a period of a few weeks, so I move on to other songs, games and fall back to the method book to keep their momentum going and so they don’t get sick of trying to do the same songs every week. for PIANO Students: From the first lesson I teach the student to find the C and the F, which are the keys to the left of the group of two and three black keys respectively. I quiz them by asking them to identify the note that I am playing. It takes only a minute. When each one is secure, I add more on, and I do this over the course of several weeks. The G and A, in between the three black keys. Then the D, in between the two black keys. Finally, the E and B, to the right of the group of two and three black keys respectively. I spend a couple of minutes every week quizzing them on their keyboard note identification until this has become a solid foundation for them. For additional practise, I have them colour in worksheets in addition to the quizzing. We also play the keyboard race game which is always a hit with students. A number of my new students in this age category are transfer students who have been learning for some time and are reading music notation in their method books, despite having significant trouble identifying notes on the keyboard quickly. At times, I see students counting up from C to find a G or an A, so will take the time to reinforce the information that G and A is in between the three black keys, and practise finding them quickly. I want these keyboard geography skills well and truly secure in their minds long before starting to associate them with musical notation.
I am an accomplished, focused, and professional music teacher with over 7 years of teaching experience. In 2013, I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition, cum laude. I am currently working on my Master of Music degree at The Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach. My goal is to have students enjoy their lessons and love music. I also belong to a number of professional organizations including: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), and The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC).
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The art of singing is a physical endeavor that requires fine muscular strength and coordination of the voice and respiratory mechanisms. As such, a good warm up is essential before a performance or at the start of a lesson or practice session, and will help to prevent injury. The vocal folds are very delicate and can be easily damaged through misuse, such as bad technique or shouting, or overuse, such as practicing for too long or generally using the voice for long periods at a time (such as public speaking), which can cause vocal fatigue. It is important to maintain good hydration levels and get plenty of sleep for vocal recovery.
The focus of singing lessons will be to teach students how to sing using proper technique in a safe way. Students will work on a variety of different vocal exercises that are designed to build strength, coordination, and add power to the voice. Students will learn how to bridge and connect their vocal registers in order to expand their vocal range, add vibrato to their singing, and learn how to properly support the voice in order to sing long passages and create a strong, full sounding vocal tone. For students with pitch problems, teachers can work through specific exercises to address such issues and get students singing on pitch. Students will learn how to put the various techniques and exercises that are taught into practical use by singing songs. The techniques taught can be applied to a variety of musical genres, from Metal to Pop. Students can also learn music theory and vocal physiology.
We advise that young students looking to take singing lessons do so at no younger than 11 years old, as they have yet to reach vocal maturity. Learning good vocal habits early on prevents the risk of injury or fatigue or possible misuse of the voice in the future. Students will also benefit from learning key skills like proper breathing techniques, hearing and recreating pitch, and performance techniques. They can also prepare for exams, rehearsals, and competitions. Learning how to sing is also good for children's overall development, as they will improve their concentration skills, raise their self-esteem and confidence, and develop a positive, hard-working attitude as well as a habit of self-discipline through regular practice and lessons.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home voice lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
As an adult voice student, you'll learn more than proper breathing techniques. You can also improve your vocal range, prepare for reality singing competitions, and improve your vocal stage performance. Start with your favorite genre. After choosing Opera, Country, R&B, or any other genre, decide along with your instructor which style and songs fit your voice the best. Then practice the exercises your trained instructor from Musika's network assigns you each week. Whether you choose in-home or in-studio lessons, adult voice lessons teach you a variety of skills that help you succeed as a vocal musician on and off the stage.
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
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