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, Voice, Flute
My experience with teaching started during college. Throughout the summers, I would teach flute lessons to students at the high school I once attended. I also taught voice lessons throughout college to my younger peers. My main focus during lessons is teaching students how to practice in a fun and non-stressful way. I encourage at least 20 minutes of practice per day, but that practice can be done in many different forms. I also like to students to experience a mix of both classical and modern music to teach a wide variety of skills and appreciation for both. I am so excited to work with students of all ages and skill levels.
I have been teaching on and off since my time in college, 10 years ago. I have had an amazing time meeting new students who come from all different musical backgrounds. my philosophy is discovering the voice you've always had by using a consistent technique founded on physiology. I have taught many master classes throughout the country and have taught students from ages 8-65. I believe that good technique is universal, therefore I work with a large variety of students from classical to folk and rock and everything inbetween. I also have quite a bit of experience in cabaret and musical theater and love to explore this rep with students. I am on faculty at Macphail Center for music and have maintained a private studio for 3 years.
The voice is such an amazing instrument, and because of its personal nature it can also be the most challenging. My teaching style is infused with the knowledge that students of voice must be treated with great care, love and encouragement. I incorporate classical voice and Bel Canto exercises along with the physical studies of Tai Chi, Nikolaus Technique, Pilates and Yoga to help develop core strength. Sessions include stretching and movement.
Teaching Methods: Cathleen enjoys teaching and believes the experiences she brings to her studio can help her students become more well-rounded and accomplished musicians. Cathleen’s approach to vocal pedagogy includes proper breathing technique, musicianship, and stage presence to name a few. Her favorite part of teaching is helping her students learn good technique while also making singing a fun and rewarding experience.
Teaching Styles: Lessons with Cathleen are fun, challenging and informative. Cathleen expects her students' best effort for their lessons and their practice time. She understands that learning to practice is one of the lessons young students in particular need to learn. That's something she takes seriously in her teaching. She also understands the importance of enjoying music and tries to help her students relate to the music.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello
I try to strike a balance between music lessons being serious and being fun. I expect my students to practice almost every day and I expect that the parents will be part of keeping them accountable for scheduling that practicing. Lessons are a combination of learning technical skills and learning songs, which usually are mostly classical songs with a few contemporary songs thrown in for motivation.
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