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
Teaching Methods: I use method books a lot, since most of my piano students are beginners. I can teach classical, jazz, pop, and gospel to vocalists and pianists alike. I also work with the students and families to learn what they want to learn. I make learning music fun.
Teaching Styles: I am a laid back kind of person who is quite patient. I taylor lessons to what the children like, with the exception of beginners who need to learn the basics at first.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Mallet Percussion
Teaching Methods: It's important to cultivate a student's musical knowledge by building upon their current foundation. Similar to the way children learn a language, music students of all ages should start by listening and singing/playing before learning to read and even write. Combining this natural approach with a focus on how and why to develop good technique helps students get the results they're looking for.
Teaching Styles: I help my students develop their own practice habits that help them to make music a practical part of their everyday life. It's important that students use healthy, smart habits from the beginning to avoid issues that can slow down development. The most important part of learning music is keeping it fresh and enjoying the process.
Instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Clarinet
Teaching Methods: As a musician, it is important to refine performance, technique, and style. I like to find out what the student's goal or difficulty is in each of those categories. Then we plan a recital usually 4-6 months away. I ask the student to choose 4-5 songs that they enjoy and that feel would be a feat to perform. I choose 1 song that I think would challenge them in each of the musician categories. Then we work to prepare the 5-6 songs for the recital. The idea is to have an attainable goal to achieve within a certain amount of time. This requires the student to create succesful practice habits outside of lessons and the recital gives real world experience. For students I have had for more than a year, each recital showcases their improvement.
Teaching Styles: In learning music, it is very important for students to have the freedom to explore and cultivate their own artistry. It is my job to guide their development with proper technique and discipline. When first meeting a student, I learn what their interests are and meet them at their level. Then I devise a strategy based on who they already are as a musician that will help them to advance.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Organ
Teaching Methods: Instruction methods are chosen according to the needs, abilities, and desires of the students. Instruction materials differ depending on the age of the student and the ability of the student. An emphasis on my part is exposing the student to material of the highest quality. This will often mean the exposure to some of the simpler classical pieces written by the great composers fairly early in their musical journey. I encourage a wide variety of material for each student.I also provide an extensive lending library for additional sightreading at home.
Teaching Styles: I strive to maintain an organized and positive environment for my students. I present a warm, encouraging presence; I very seldom provide the answer for a student. Instead, I will lead them in asking a series of questions which will help them arrive at the correct answer. Even though I have high expectations of every student, I meet them where their ability level and interests are. It is very much of a partnership between me, as teacher, and the student, as an individual.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: In my voice lessons, I want to feel that the student is doing what they want to do, not just what I tell them. With this in mind, I work with the student to find songs or pieces that they want to try and sing. If it is an appropriate level of difficulty, we will work on it straight away. If it is a harder piece, We gradually work towards it, whilst simultaneously tackling other pieces with similar traits. For piano, I like to have a blend of book work (usually Faber and Faber) and extra curricular. If this means I am arranging a piece of popular music so that it is accessible to the student, then I will do that.
Teaching Styles: My students will enjoy their lessons, especially if they are taking the time outside of the class to practice and hone in on their skills. My main attitude is that this should be a time away from traditional school or work, where a student can relax, have a good time and learn new techniques and nuances of music performance and theory. I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement. No performance is perfect, but no mistake is without encouragement. The practiceroom is a place where a student should be encouraged to try new things and dare to learn new music.
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