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, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Conga, Latin Percussion
Teaching Methods: I write all my own lesson materials focusing on what the student needs to know to play, understand, and enjoy music to achieve their goals. I have used several method books in the past but find them all limited or focused on styles or technique that is not what the student wants or needs to learn. I can teach from any established method if that is preferred, but instead enjoy challenging the student to understand what music is and how music is played on their chosen instrument, not just to read.
Teaching Styles: I have a very personal and relaxed way of teaching that helps each student enjoy and advance on their chosen instrument at their pace. I prefer 60 minute sessions to have the time to fully evaluate and advance from the previous lesson and to move on to new material. I use the student's preferred style of music to teach them how to play, and expand their styles and technique from there. I teach private one-on-one lessons or can arrange group classes with other students of like interests.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Ukulele, Recorder
Teaching Methods: Piano: Piano Adventures and supplimental materials fit to student interest. Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Basics, Rock Guitar Methods, Jazz Method and supplimental books and TAB Voice: Berklee Warm ups and various song trax for individual singers
Teaching Styles: lAll lessons begin with warm ups, for Piano that's Technique Bk, for Guitar it's the spider warmup to increase flexiblilty in fingers, and Voice its vocalizations. Then we review previous lessons, pieces and then move on to new material. I make sure that students understand the new material before the lesson is over. I like to have fun in the lessons and make sure that the student is having fun also. Lessons are a safe place so it's ok to make mistakes. That's a part of learning.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: Our first lesson will be a "get to know you lesson." I will ask questions such as "What kind of music do you like?", "What are your musical goals?", and " Have you ever taken lessons?" I want to know everything there is to know about your history and likes and dislikes in music. For the following lessons, we will start off with music theory because as a musician it is VERY important for you to understand how to read, write, analyze, and count music. Once we are done with theory we will move on to warm-ups. Each student is different so each student will have their own set of warm-ups. My goal is to extend my students' range in a healthy way. After warm-ups we'll move to singing.
Teaching Styles: I find that music theory is very important in learning how to sing.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: I incorporate a variety of method books and approaches to learning music, believing that there is no one method for every student. For piano, my favorite methods are Faber and Faber's Piano Adventures, but I enjoy utilizing supplemental material from a variety of genres.
Teaching Styles: I absolutely love watching a student who has tried to understand a concept suddenly light up, smile, and say, "Oh, now I get it!" I believe that a teacher should try a variety of ways to help a student understand and "own" their musical knowledge. I set high standards for my students, starting where they are and encourgaing them to go beyond what they think is their personal best. I have students write goal and wish lists down throughout the year, setting small, reachable goals and then larger goals that may take longer to reach.
Teaching Methods: I believe that each students is at a different level so you have to tailor everything based on that. I believe that reading music is extremly important in the development of singing as well as enjoying music. I believe that each student should know key signatures as well as what notes are on and off the staff. For all students I focus on the following: Breath, Correct Vowel Placement. I believe that if you have solid breath foundations then you can produce purer vowels and in turn if you have purer vowels then you have longer lasting and easier breath production. There are obviously more factors than just these two, but I find that if you can do those two things well then getting the others aspects of singing come much easier.
Teaching Styles: I encourage lots of questions from my students. I will also ask them to tell me what they felt in there voice when I ask them to do something. I believe that the voice teacher is only as good as his student can understand what they are actually being asked to do. I set goals for my students, and ask that they practice every day for at least 30 minutes on various things that I may ask them to work on such as scales or a new song ect.
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