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, Violin, Viola
My teaching style comes from a combination of my own extensive training (both in pedagogy and performance), my experiences as a performer, experiences with community involvement, and what I have learned over the years in various teaching capacities from other fellow teachers and parenthood (I co-teach violin to my daugher). Patience, dedication, constancy and love of music are essential for a successful partnership between a student and myself. For younger students, I try to establish good dynamics not only with the child but also with the parent. The parental involvement at home is essential for succesful, loving musical development- no matter how "talented" the parent may or may not be. Frome early on, I encourage the student to love and respect what is being learned, while at the same time encouraging him/her to develop critical thinking- and listening.
Instruments: Guitar, Voice
With the small devotion of 30 minutes a day to your practicing, I can make a novice player become a good guitarist, and a good guitarist into a great player. For beginning pre-teen students, I most often begin with the Alfred Auberge method. For those who can already read music or have played another instrument, the Mel Bay method is a good start. For adults, I often use the Frederick Noad books Segovia Diatonic scales and Giuliani arpeggios. For intermediate and advanced students, I often use the period-based methods of Frederick Noad while introducing the larger works in the guitar repertoire.
Instruments: Guitar, Voice
Establishing what they know already so our time spent together is more efficient. Then we discuss the student's goals and I create a custom gameplan for them to achieve it as quickly as possible. Connecting with a student on a personal level and be open to guiding you, rather than forcing you, into a curriculum. Look for other intagible benefits too, like being able to record your lessons to track and even making demos of your songwriting. My favorite part about teaching is becoming a mentor for aspiring musicians and helping them achieve their musical goals. Having FUN making music!
All of my students work on tried and true Bel Canto and Swedish techniques. I will give each student special vocal exercises to work on at home. I generally assign songs from The 24 Italian Songs and Arias songbook and I use Musical Theater Anthologies. Some of my more advanced High School students work on Opera arias.
Learn how to make a secure beautiful sound. We will talk about the basics of singing…Breathing, support, and shaping a proper vowel. To be a secure singer, you need to develop beauty, quality, and healthy production of the tone throughout the voice. We will work on proper breathing, support (they are different), “placement of the voice”, verticality of the sound and vowel modification. Although proper singing is similar for everyone it isn’t exactly the same for everyone. That’s why you need a teacher with a good ear. Then we can apply what we learn technically to the music that you sing.
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