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, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar
The most satisfying moment as a teacher is when a student finally "gets it", and for students, I find that lessons are the most fun when the student feels capable and not overwhelmed. I like to challenge my students and encourage them to exceed even their own expectations of their abilities. With this in mind, my overall teaching philosophy emphasizes gaining technical mastery over the student's chosen instrument, strong music reading and theory skills, along with creativity and improvisation to turn them into well rounded players who can hold their own in just about any music setting from the stage to the studio.
Instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Recorder, French Horn, Tuba, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion
Teaching Methods: For begining student I typically start with a book called Essential Elements. I supplement some of the things in the book with other literature and hand written exercise to help enhance learning experience. For Adults I try to find what genre and music style they would like to work on. This then allows me to plan a custom learning experience that best suits them and what they're looking to gain from the experience.
Teaching Styles: To make the learning experience fun and interesting. I first introduce concepts; then connect to well known songs and music that allow you to understand and appreciate the vital concepts and themes being illustrated. Together we set realistic goals, learn from where we may have missed the mark, and celebrate our achievements. This allows me to tailor your lesson so that you may gain the absolute most at of each and everyone.
My very first voice student ever is still very near and dear to my heart... he was not born with this supposed magic singing gene that often mystifies singing as some exclusive bloodline art form. He sang in a couple choirs but canonical pedagogy never taught him melisma like Stevie Wonder, use the brassy aryepiglottic sphincter posturing of Amy Winehouse, or how to use whistle tones after puberty like Mariah Carey.... just the standard posture and diction. By learning the anatomical mechanics of these understudied techniques and tonal modifications, along with patiently catering to his individual learning style, he learned how to do these things and more. Having no natural background in singing, this student himself actually taught me how to teach from the ground up. I have carried this insight from private lessons at my alma mater in 2011 to my present studio position, which is open to ALL genres as I have taught this student the elasticity to handle the vocal demands of just about every genre I have ever experienced. I take great pride in this, but I knew things would only get better from that first student.... seeing as he is me.
Teaching Methods: My teaching philosophy is that I meet each student at the level of their need and help them achieve the level of their desire. I have been a classroom teacher for a number of years and therefore have learned the value of planning and differentiation of instruction.
Teaching Styles: My style of instruction is centered around encouragement and motivation. I believe that it is my calling to help each individual student realize their dream.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin, Clarinet, Recorder, Acoustic Guitar
Teaching Methods: I generally use the Alfred series for teaching piano. For teaching voice I may use a combination of books based on what style of music the student wants to focus on the most. For guitar, violin and clarinet, I use typical beginner books that introduce the fundamental fingerings, chords and notes for that particular instrument as well as basic music terminology. In addition, I sometimes create some of my own unique exercises and materials to supplement these books based on the student's needs.
Teaching Styles: I love teaching students to learn to read and play music! It is exciting to see each student develop a passion for music as he or she learns to play his or her instrument better! My approach to teaching is to meet the student where they are and help them progress at his or her own pace. I try to provide lots of encouragement and praise as well as helpful advice about how to improve their music skills. I use positive incentives such as stickers when possible and I tailor the instruction based on the student's interests and needs.
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