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
I encourage my students to include the music in their everyday schedule. They also receive assignments to compose musical questions and answers, transpose melodies, as well as listen to recordings. I use duets and play by myseelf to inspire their imagination. I also recommend attendence local music performances to help develop student's ears and form their music tastes.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello
Piano: I prefer Faber Piano Adventures, but I can be flexible if the student is in the middle of another series already. I have also taught the young beginner series by Faber. Strings: I use a traditional approach, but I am not tied to any particular method book. I can supplement whatever is being taught in school or the lessons can stand on their own. I have taught anywhere from Kindergarten to adult ages. Guitar: For children, I prefer the FJH Young Beginner Guitar method, but for adults I would prefer Hal Leonard if the student is looking to learn both chords and melody using folk music. I could also teach guitar based on gospel and Christian praise music if the student prefers. I have taught students with an interest in rock music, but only to give them the basic foundation skills of chords and notes to build on with another teacher who has more of a rock music speciality.
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.
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.
I always start by assesing the students muscial interests, and we begin to discuss the fundamentals of singing depending on the students background. I encourage students to take notes or record lessons or both! For younger students I provide assignment sheets to help then stay on track between lessons. I encourage students to practice 2-3 times a week and we tailor together what that studen practice will look like. Sometimes I suggest students do no more than listening and 20 minutes of concentrated practice, and with more advance students we discuss the expectations to move forward at a reasonable pace.I try to be as flexible as possible with repertoire because I want you to like what you are singing!
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