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
Teaching Methods: When first meeting a student, I evaluate their level and speak with them about their expectations for the lessons. Then, I make a plan for the student’s lessons and encourage them to enter competitions. All the while, I stay updated with my student’s thoughts on the lessons and help the student have fun! I am very flexible with my methods of teaching as I know that students have different wants and needs.
Teaching Styles: I enjoy instilling a love for music in my students and helping them develop as musicians. Through my experiences teaching, I have learned that students have many different ways of learning and so I try to teach using diverse methods. I find that this not only makes my students learn and retain the information better by activating different parts of their brains, but it also helps the students enjoy the lessons more! It is important to me to get feedback from my students to know what they think of the lessons so we conduct the lessons in the most productive manner. I understand that beginners typically get frustrated and that is understandable. I try to keep the lessons light, yet still challenging, to keep the students from getting burnt out at the beginning.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Teaching Methods: The core curriculum I use is the Alfred Basic Piano Library for piano students and the Alfred Guitar Books for guitar students. I teach beginner to early advanced piano and beginner guitar. Many of my students also sing. I help students with vocal exercises and musical pieces of their choosing, as well as songs that would be good for their unique voice and style. I like the Alfred piano method, because there is an entry point for students of any age and level of ability. The books are enjoyable and the information is presented in a logical and sequential way, which allows for steady progress. My piano students complete four books on each level of Alfred, e.g., Lesson, Theory and Technic, plus Hymn, Praise Hits, Top Hits or Christmas. I use handouts for chord studies and also teach students to play from lead sheets (fake book style) and learn improvisation. I use other printed materials in the genre that the student enjoys and is interested in. I especially enjoy helping would-be church pianists learn to enhance their hymn-playing, how to identify chords in SATB music for improvisation, and other skills needed to make church music beautiful, worshipful and exciting. With guitar students, I use the Alfred Guitar books and also teach tablature, fingerpicking and accompaniment styles.
Teaching Styles: Learning to play the piano is a great activity for children, teens and adults. It raises general intelligence and enhances eye/hand coordination, spatial relationships, personal discipline, problem solving, stress management and mental alertness. I tailor my teaching style to the needs of each student based on their age, ability and personal musical goals. I am very patient and encouraging. I believe that music should be a fun, fascinating and rewarding experience!
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: For my piano students I typically use Alfred's Piano books for both children and adults. This series of books, I believe, does a great job of creating a starting point for younger and older students. Along with those books, I encourage the study of scales and other warm ups. For my voice students I partner with the student to find songs that the student will love to sing. My instruction for vocal technique is based on getting the student to have a free, beautiful sound through the use of breathing and vocalises (warmups).
Teaching Styles: My goal is to help my students to be passionate about music! I encourage routine practice and together we come up with a realistic standard for progress. I want my students to enjoy their lessons and to look forward to the next time we meet. I want my students to believe that they are truly capable and that there is no limit to their progress once they fall in love with what they are doing: making music.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: I'm comfortable teaching students ages 4+ but prefer starting at 7. Most of the time I'll use John Thompson series adding knowledge of harmony, rhythm and scales. I tailor my lessons to specific interest/needs of the each student. Currently I'm writing my own methods (voice & piano) in a series of progresive books/videos.
Teaching Styles: My style of teaching is relaxed, patient and encouraging but goal oriented. I want students to enjoy their lessons in a relaxed fashion while keeping them motivated to achieve their potential. I set realistic goals: short, mid and long term. This aids them not become overwhelmed with material or expectations.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar
Teaching Methods: From over 15 years of teaching, I've learned that my students excel when they learn what they want to play, from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Pop. For a beginner who has no previous playing experience I start off by building their technique. If they practice daily and diligently for as little as half an hour, within two weeks they are strong enough to start playing songs in their genre of choice. To achieve these goals, I create custom lesson plans with accompanying theory, technique and scales based on what songs my students request to learn.
Teaching Styles: My students are driven and excited, no matter how old or young because of my teaching style. They show me the music they love and I translate that into piece meal lesson plans and exercises to get them there. I'm also a strong proponent of having a solid technical foundation, where students learn their techniques and scales--the hows and whys of music.
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