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For each instrument the lessons begins with warm ups followed by review of previous lessons and assignment of new lessons depending on progress. I will spend the student according to their abilities. My goal is that the student have an understanding of what that particular lesson was seeking to accomplish. For example, learning to read notes or learning a certain fingering technique.
My goal for the initial meeting with a student is to know what their joy and passion is with music. What is their creative spark? Why do they want to learn to play piano? I then evaluate their listening skills, rhythm skills, hand and eye coordination, motor abilities, and improvisational skills. I ask them to share what style of music they enjoy listening to and if they are open to creating their own song. The basic learning books I use are the Pageants series, John Thompson, and Bastien methods. Music theory is also taught in the lesson. Students are asked to submit a list of their favorite 10 songs they enjoy listening to. By the second lesson they will begin to play a favorite solo piece from their list no matter what their music level is. All pieces are arranged according to their level.
My methods vary from student to student, instrument to instrument. For beginners, I tend to write lessons for my students that address their needs. I supplement beginner sklls with method books, once the student is on their way. The method books vary a bit too, based on each students skill set. For trumpet, I still like Arban, Clark, and Embouchure builder. For piano, I like a variety, as long as the basic skills are on point with an eye towards learning to read music in addition to playing it. I always teach some music theory as part of my lessons. You can study in 30 minute or 60 minute sessions with me.
I teach piano, guitar, and voice. I teach students of all ages and all levels. Beginners are always welcome and encouraged. I have successfully taught hundreds of students. I'm a passionate and motivated teacher who loves working with students. Here is a little history for you. I started playing piano at the age of 17 and within a year I was doing eight hours a day. Within about three years, I started performing piano at private parties, cabarets, and hotels throughout the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. While performing, people would come up to me and ask me if I teach piano. I decided to begin teaching piano for a few students. Those students referred me to other potential piano students. Within a couple years I was teaching piano full time. A few years later, I began playing guitar and took lessons from many instructors. After playing guitar for a few years, as well as piano for 20 years, I considered those two instruments were the best two instruments in the world... That is, until I discovered voice. I studied voice with three different teachers over a period of ten years. Additionally, I have studied about every book on piano, guitar, and voice. Today I teach full time on all three instruments. Many of my students get lessons on two instruments, for example guitar-voice or piano-voice.
As a professional Opera Singer and voice teacher, I get to combine my knowledge of teaching with my experience as a performer. In 2002, I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I've had the honor of singing all over the world, including making my Carnegie Hall Debut as the Alto Soloist in Vivaldi's "Gloria." I maintain an active performing career as a mainstage artist. My joy is teaching, I love sharing my performance experiences and technique with my students.
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Customized in-home voice lessons give you the personalized attention you need to succeed. The instructors in Musika's network come to your home and use your piano or keyboard. They help you learn to sing better, project your voice, or prepare for a competition. With one-on-one instruction, you don't have to compete with other students for your teacher's attention. Your teacher will professionally help you choose music that fits your voice whether you prefer singing Rock or Opera. Additionally, you avoid the hassle of fighting traffic on your way to regular lessons. Remain comfortable at home, and achieve your musical goals with customized voice lessons in your house.
Have you always wanted to be a singer? You are never too old to learn how to sing or to become a better singer. Musika offers individualized adult voice lessons geared to your needs. Learn to sing Pop, Jazz, or Classical music, or prepare for a national competition like American Idol or X-Factor. Expand your vocal range or learn how to choose songs that compliment your voice. No matter what your musical goals are, the professional instructors in our network are here to help. We train you to become a better singer whether you've just started singing now or have been singing since you were a child.
Children who want to take voice lessons should wait until they start puberty. Before age 11 or 12, the voice is not mature enough to handle singing lessons. Kids could suffer vocal damage or strain if they start formal training too early. Alternatively, waiting until kids mature reduces the risk of permanent damage. Kids stand a better chance of singing well into adulthood if they wait until their voice is mature enough for voice lessons. By waiting, they protect their vocal cords and are physically ready for regular voice lessons and daily exercises vocal training requires.
Maintaining a healthy voice is essential for singers. Invest in your instrument when you keep your body healthy. First, drink plenty of water. It keeps you hydrated and helps your body function properly. Next, eat a balanced diet that's heavy with whole grains, produce, and lean proteins. Then perform aerobic exercises every day. They expand your lung capacity and keep your body strong. You must stop smoking, and avoid taking illegal drugs. Finally, get plenty of physical rest, and rest your voice. You may want to sing all day, but that hurts your voice over time. Keep your voice healthy when you invest in your physical health.
Students will learn and develop good, safe, and modern vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The aim is to get students to be able to sing without strain, discomfort, or constriction throughout the whole of their range, in key, and in a clean, full sounding tone, and then apply these techniques to singing songs in various genres. 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. The teachers in our network can also help students who have tuning problems by conducting exercises that work on their pitch. Lessons can also cover musical theory, performance tips, and vocal effects such as safe vibrato and developing vocal agility through runs and fills. Students can also learn vocal physiology.
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Chad H.
"Mr. Richard has been absolutely perfect for our very active two boys. He has been an excellent fit for gauging and keeping their interest far beyond what we had imagined. Our boys actually argue over who gets to go first. Mr. Richard knocks it out of the park when it comes to exceeding our expectations"
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
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 Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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