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: Guitar, Voice
I am a working musician and actively published musicologist. My career as a concert musician began in the 1970's with youthful performances around the US and Canada. In early 2006, I was included in Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in Education in America, and in 2009 was added to the roster of International Who's Who in Music. I attended Wittenberg University (sacred music) studying conducting and orchestration with John Williams and Ian Polster, New York University for humanities, and the Mannes College of Music (MM classical performance and theory), studying with Robert Secrist, Frederic Hand, Charles Kaufman, Julius Levine, Yakov Kreizberg, Leo Edwards and Marie Powers and completed my graduate library studies with Jane Gottlieb at the Juilliard School. My scholarly work has been focused on the performance, documentation, historiography and promotion of music and performing arts. As a music annotator, analyst and critic, I have worked for over 15 years with major arts agencies, technical journals and CD labels in performing arts media, technical writing, editing and proofreading, following a career as a successful classical touring musician. In 2010, after living 25 years in Manhattan, I moved back to where I was born – Bergen County. Working in my teaching studios in both Teaneck and New York, I specialize in teaching and coaching up-and-coming young musicians, college-bound guitarists, adults with backgrounds in other instruments, in classical, acoustic and crossover styles.
Teaching Methods: I have been told by my students that am as much a coach as I am an instructor. I make lessons fun and informative. I am always respectful and understand that students progress at different speeds. After 3 months with me students can expect to have better pitch, better breath control and more confidence all round. I use my own curriculum and record each student to CD. This means the student can take the lesson home and continue the learning process there.
Teaching Styles: Several of my students have gone on to have careers in the music industry. One of my students is Candi Lynn who was kind enough to give me a "shout out " on the sleeve notes of her first CD. http://www.candilynn.com/ I set realistic goals for my students and I'm always honest. Success is 90 percent perspiration and 10 percent inspiration. Hard work always pays off. I work to find out what a student's strengths are and help develop them. My lessons are fun, but you won't get an easy ride. If I feel you have potential I will push you. I am only as succesful as a coach as my students are as vocalists.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
For voice I like to break down lesson times into two "half" sections. The first is warm-up and technique. I teach 3-5 simple exercises aimed at improving quality, dynamic range, and vocal flexibility. For older students I can add difficulty to these exercises over time to further improve the instrument. The second section would be devoted to repertoire. I allow students to bring in pieces they would like to sing, as well as material I think is right for their voice type. For beginner piano I usually start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. At this stage it's important to teach not only technique, but also general music. When a student reaches a proficient level of fundamentals I will assign simple solo repertoire.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
The body is the first instrument, and thus I always begin children with a whole body approach to music, including dancing, singing, and keyboard skills. Although this is typically done through Let's Play Music from ages 4 to 6, I incorporate much of the Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly methods even with older beginners. Once a child has built a solid foundation of music fundamentals, I will begin to introduce technical piano skills. I like to use the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures series, with other repertoire as needed. A student who has a solid grasp of the piano may progress to voice training as early as 10, whereas a child who hasn't studied piano or music fundamentals shouldn't begin training the voice until post puberty. Repertoire for the voice is always a custom plan for each student, the desired style, and the maturity level. For adults, I begin with Faber and Faber Adult Piano Adventures, and then continue to whatever style most interests the student. Adult voice training begins with scales and exercises, laying a firm technical foundation, after which we can take on whatever style about which the student is passionate. Music and passion are synonymous for me, so I always use the motto, "If you don't love it, don't play (or sing) it!"
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Teaching Methods: Combination of Dalcroze, Koda'ly, Shulwerk and Suzuki methods. Shillinger approach to Jazz studies.
Teaching Styles: Takes into consideration each students individual personality and level of musical aptitude. I teach practice techniques for unstressful learning.
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