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
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.
Instruments: Guitar, Voice
I first taught guitar at the unlikely age of ten. To my surprise, my first student became very proficient very quickly and still plays today. The idea that anyone has the potential to do something well really sold me on teaching. There are standard ways to learn this instrument, but when a reliable method falls short, it's up to a qualified teacher to get their students to achieve their goals. The guitar has a poor reputation as a serious instrument, when it fact it is quite difficult, even physically un-natural to play. Bad habits can not only set you back, but take a great deal of time and effort to un-do, and can even cause physical pain or damage. I can't understate the importance of selecting a guitar teacher who has extensive experience with physical technique, and how it can free the guitarist from sluggish learning, frustration and most musical limits in their playing.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Combination of Dalcroze, Koda'ly, Shulwerk and Suzuki methods. Shillinger approach to Jazz studies.
First and foremost, having fun is the most important aspect of these lessons. If the student really enjoys singing, learning, and developing their gift, we will have a ball. I am mostly self-taught when it comes to singing, and in my lessons I strictly enforce the use of the student's ears. I found that the ears are a VERY important factor when it comes to music in general. When your ears make that initial connection to music, and then the rest to follow will positively set the students well on their way for musical greatness. For all my students, in order to get a sense of where they are musically, I ask for a performance of a song that best showcases their abilities. From there, I will know exactly what needs work, what their strengths are, and what to introduce to their repertoire. From the first encounter, I will then develop a lesson plan that will ensure success from the willing student.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola
For violin and viola, I base my beginning instruction in the Suzuki Method and philosophy. The latter refers to the concept that ANY human being can learn music provided the right environment is created to facilitate the learning. I am a firm believer of this philosophy. As students get more advanced, I incorporate Music Reading (theory) as well as repertoire outside of the Suzuki method. I also make sure the students and their families are participating- or willing to look into it- of activities outside of the lessons that enhance the musical development and enjoyment: joining a choir or an orchestra, attending concerts, participating in recitals with other students, etc. For voice and piano students, I combine several methods according to the students needs. Voice students in particular would benefit from my experiences growing up as a singer since very young (from boy soprano to grown-up baritone). The development I went through allowed me to experience for myself a vast repertoire, which is the basis of what I teach in my lessons.
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