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.
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As a soloist, I have performed in operas and opera scenes at the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. I have been a payed performer for Tulsa Opera Chorus and Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. I have been in church music for the past 7 years, and am currently the director of music and organist at First Christian Church in Moore, Oklahoma. I love teaching voice to all age groups!
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: Voice Lessons: I start my lessons with vocal warmups and excercises to help strengthen and develop a students vocal abilities. After vocalizing, I begin working on the repertoire that I have assigned the prior week. The songs that each student will sing will depend on what style he/she may be interested in performing or studying. I always choose age appropriate material, and a piece that the student will enjoy. I will also help a student with any outside pieces for school or the community. Piano Lessons: For beginning students who are very young, I start with Bastien Piano Basics or Hal Leonard Essential Elements. For adults/teens, I use the KJOS Bastien book for adults or the upper level books by Hal Leonard. I also have my students play popular pieces or holiday pieces of their choosing in addition to their classical repertoire. After each student has progressed and understands the concepts, I will introduce some basic theory ideas and listening/identification skills. I also believe in working on scales and arpeggios to better develop a student's understanding of keys and coordination when playing.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style specifically fits each individual students needs. Every student has different challenges that they face during their musical education. I also know that each student works at his or her own pace. I like to give praise and rewards to my students that work hard to accomplish a goal to help instill confidence and desire to continue along their creative journey.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Recorder, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Mallet Percussion, Bassoon, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
I use a Practice based incentive program to develop healthy musical habits. I listen to the goals each student wants to achieve and set up steps to accomplish the goal. While in a lesson I establish basic musicianship, while developing and shaping a performers self image. Warm encouragement and helpful criticism are used to create a safe testing ground to forge and hone new skills.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet
Teaching Methods: Music is a language! I teach music in a similar manner as we learn to speak. We learn to speak through trial and error having no wrong words and music should be taught in a similar fashion, where there are no wrong notes. We learn our speaking style, manner and/or accents by what we hear and this concept also applies to music; therefore listening is a crucial part for advancement and the pleasure of learning. Each person being an individual needs a base method along with tailored supplemental material. During a lesson I look for one or maybe two things that I can offer the student to improve upon, because when one feels overwhelmed one tends to avoid and music is definitely not something to be avoided.
Teaching Styles: Music is not made by the instrument be it voice, piano, trumpet or any other. Remember music is made by and comes through The Musician! I teach about how to be a musician. When students feel like musicians it fosters a greater sense of ownership and accomplishment bringing the joy needed to advance exponentially. As a students finds his or her internal "musician" we, teacher and student together, are moving along the same path making performance easy rather than a worrisome struggle.
I will also include in lessons information on basic music and musicianship. Once a student's level has been established, it is my goal as an instructor to help a student discover their true voice through the usage of the bel canto technique of singing. This technique is the most efficient form for the voice and body and allows the singer to develop their full potential. Once a proper technique has been established, the student may branch out to any genre that is desired, feeling secure in their ability to sing an abundance of repertoire without fear.
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