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, Drums, Recorder
All students in my music program are introduced to the Quality Music Instruction Curriculum. The books in this curriculum, allow each student to advance at his/her own pace while maintaining consistent progress. In addition to the Quality Music Instruction Curriculum, lessons are supplemented with the Bastien series. I lay the foundation for music by teaching all of the necessary rudiments of music such as scales, fingering, chord structures and then I incorporate music that's appealing to the students. After a few months, the students are prepared to perform in my recitals which are held twice a year.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar
I develop individual curriculums for each student for growth depending on strengths and weaknesses to further the development in the lessons. This way students don't stay stuck in a particular musical wall and therefore eventually become free to express themselves on whatever instrument they've chosen.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: I use exercises from "How to Train Singers" by Larra Browning Henderson. I studied with her personally.
For the piano, I use the Alfred books. They offer a variety of books for students of all ages.
Regardless of instrument, I place a strong emphasis on technique and can also offer training in theory.
Teaching Styles: I spend half the lesson doing exercises, including breathing, humming. These help to develop the muscles for proper singing techniques. The singer is not singing fully at the start of the lessons, these exercises are like calistenics for the muscles. These have amazing results - students who begin without any singing voice can bloom using these.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: The body is the first instrument, and thus I always begin children with a whole body approach to music, including dancing, singing, and keyboard skills. Although this is typically done through Let's Play Music from ages 4 to 6, I incorporate much of the Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly methods even with older beginners. Once a child has built a solid foundation of music fundamentals, I will begin to introduce technical piano skills. I like to use the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures series, with other repertoire as needed. A student who has a solid grasp of the piano may progress to voice training as early as 10, whereas a child who hasn't studied piano or music fundamentals shouldn't begin training the voice until post puberty. Repertoire for the voice is always a custom plan for each student, the desired style, and the maturity level. For adults, I begin with Faber and Faber Adult Piano Adventures, and then continue to whatever style most interests the student. Adult voice training begins with scales and exercises, laying a firm technical foundation, after which we can take on whatever style about which the student is passionate. Music and passion are synonymous for me, so I always use the motto, "If you don't love it, don't play (or sing) it!"
Teaching Styles: I feel like music is our greatest form of self expression. The voice is the most intimate instrument, because it is a physical part of you and each voice is as unique as the student's fingerprint. Teaching voice, to me, is like helping a student to unwrap a beautiful gift they have been given. It is imperative that the voice student and teacher trust one another, for without a relationship of trust the student will not fully be able to open the gift and see what's inside themselves. Piano is easier, in that it is outside of the body, but I do try to help the student think of it as an extension of self. In all my teaching, I encourage the student to express the music for which they have the greatest passion. Allowing the student to progress at his or her own pace, I help shepherd the musical discoveries by setting realistic goals for each lesson. If the student is young, the parent is a welcome addition to the musical discovery process, and I educate the parent and the student so they can best help each other during practice at home. Whatever the age, I always praise a student's hard work and the courage it takes to open themselves up to success at developing musicianship.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Teaching Methods: I use the "Little Mozarts" series with 4-7 year-old piano students, and prefer the "Bastien" method for the older kids. I intersperse the lessons with theory and listening exercises, and interpolate movement and outside songs to keep the lessons as fun as possible. In the singing lessons, I start with the fundamentals of breathing and resonance, but we start singing songs and duets right away. Usually, I choose one song, and the student chooses another one to work on.
Teaching Styles: I like to set realistic goals and go step-by-step, in order to avoid frustration. But an occasional challange is also important, and I encourage my students to perform for their close friends or family. I also encourage exploration with listening, movement, coordination, and academic exercises.
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