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, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: My philosophy is to have high expectations for students but to make sure that lessons are a low pressure environment. From the very first lesson I stress rhythmic accuracy and note reading. Although it's nice for students to have impressive or flashy pieces to play in a performance some teachers have a tendency to focus on one piece too much and neglect the overall skills of the students. Every student I've taught has been able to learn note and rhythms and to understand what they are playing and not just spoonfed a few pieces. My goal is for students, no matter how long they take lessons, to be able to learn any piece they want (obviously relative to their level) on their own as long as they have sheet music. For my private students I use the method books Fundamental Keys by Rachel Jimenez and the Piano Adventure series by Nancy and Randall Faber.
Teaching Styles: Other than the very first lesson, whenever starting a new piece I have the student sightread through it before I play it for them so they develop their reading. I play along with students and/or have them count out loud while I'm playing before I introduce the metrenome. Even though my job is to essentially tell students what they are doing incorrectly, I always make sure to praise them and point out what they are doing correctly. Some students are more sensitive to criticism than others so I have to be careful to not upset them while still helping them correct their mistakes. Although how quickly a student progresses is dependant on how much they practice, I've even been able to get good results from students who by their own admission don't practice much during the week. I never yell at students; learning an instrument is a difficult endeavor and a student can't make progress if they are afraid of making mistakes. Learning an instrument is a process that by its very nature is filled with making mistakes unless someone only plays pieces that are at or below their current level. I make sure that I have a good relationship with my students so that they feel comfortable enough to "put themselves out there" because that's the only way they can advance.
Traditional classical method
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
I like to motivate the students to learn. I will teach fundamentals and theory through teaching guitar, voice or piano. However, the most important matter for me is the passion that I have for performance and I pass it to my students as I teach music. I like to make the lesson fun, including the student's interests for every age and level.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele
For beginning students on instruments, I begin with a method book, usually Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Guitar and Ukulele, and Piano Discoveries for young beginning pianists, and Piano Adventures for older beginning pianists. From there, I follow my students' interests. For voice, we begin with breathing techniques and vocalizing, and then follow the student's interests from there.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Organ, Synthesizer
I typically use the Alfred books for young beginning students. In these books, children learn the geography of the keyboard and learn about the contours of musical notation and by the end are using both hands. For adults, as well as intermediate children and up, I prefer the Michael Aaron series for intermediate and beyond. For beginning adults I use the Aaron Musical Primer. I also use the Aaron Technic for advanced performers.
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