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: For beginning voice students who are children, I start by doing a few vocal warm-ups so that I can determine what we need to work on and how they are producing the sound. From there, we will select a solo repertoire appropriate to the age. I find that traditional American folk songs and other simple but beautiful music can be a good way to begin learning healthy vocal technique. We will also do short theory exercises tailored to go with the student's repertoire so that the student is actively building musicianship skills that will help them to sight read music more easily in the future. For adults of any skill level, we will also begin with a few vocal warm-ups, and then see what repertoire the student wants to work on so that I can tailor the repertoire to their interests to keep things interesting and fun.
Teaching Styles: Every person learns differently, and as a teacher it's my job to figure out the best way for a student to learn; This has to do not only with methods of teaching, but also with the pacing of teaching. Some students need to feel immersed in one piece for long stretches of time, while other students need to feel engaged by working on several pieces for shorter increments of time. Once we've developed a pace that feels comfortable, we can begin setting achievable goals. I want my students to feel comfortable and inspired to learn. Part of achieving that kind of a learning environment is setting goals that the student can feel good about so that the student can feel they are really accomplishing things and progressing.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice
Teaching Methods: I use many different methods according to each student's individual needs. I ask them what type of music they enjoy listening, their favorite artists and what do they desire to accomplish. Then I pick the methods that are appropriate for their age group. I use Alfred's Piano Method, Hal Leonard's Guitar Method, Suzuki Piano Method, and many others.
Teaching Styles: I like to inspire my students to listen, read, feel, create and interpret music. I encourage them to practice and perform at our bi-anual recitals and also motivate them to attend concerts on a regular basis. This will help them to succeed as students and musicians. I truly enjoy my profession and I'm always developing new musical teaching ideas.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: Children who I start with as beginners are introduced to the piano using Faber and Faber's Piano Adventures. For students whom are very young and shy their first recital is often done as a duet with me or an older sibling. Appropriate repertoire is introduced once the basics are understood. Music theory is introduced nearly immediately. Music lessons must be fun in order to succeed. If I find that students are not practicing or not having fun, I try alternative methods. One particular method is not going to work for all children; therefore, I tailor my methods to meet the needs of each individual child.
Teaching Styles: It is my mission to ensure each of my students comes away with a love of music. Since no two children are the same, no two children cn be taught using the same method. I do not expect all children to advance at the same pace, so lessons are individualized to meet the abilities of each child. Gentle corrections are given while praise is given for new skills learned. Clear instructions for how to practice and what to practice are written down for students to refer to over the week and I am always available if a student has a brief question during the course of the week. A student's success is my passion.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: My philosophy is to foster student growth and creativity, through the learning of Bel Canto exercises and allowing students to make their own repertoire choices. We release the voice through learning how to release tension and sing with a healthy sound, and then we apply that to the style of repertoire that you have chosen. My number one priority with my students is that they are singing with a healthy and clear tone, and that their voices will be versatile across all singing styles. Improvisation and aural skills are also very important to me, as you will definitely need your ears to become a successful performer!
Teaching Styles: I love teaching. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a student's voice open up and the joy on their face as they improve. After the initial lesson of getting to know you and your voice (or piano abilities), I will begin to teach you different exercises that we will use to get your voice into healthy habits. I do not work out of a method book, so this will challenge your aural memory (it's a good idea to record your lessons!). A few weeks in, we will pick a song for you to apply these habits you have been fostering through the chosen exercises.
Teaching Methods: For beginning students who are children (3-7 years old), I typically start with the nice songs, which involve dance, animal sounds, musical games, simple percussion instruments, clapping, funny- playful movements. With the older children (8-14) we start learning staff, keys, music notes, basic scales, more complex songs, but still keep the playfulness. If I teach in person - I usually play guitar, so I can move with the students. Teenagers (15-18) are abe to set their own goals, but they're still following the basic music theory approach. They learn scales, intervals, vocal warm-ups, basic improvisation, repertoire (based upon requested style), different vocal techniques, arpeggiation and articulation exercises. For vocal technique I mostly use Bob Stoloff and Michelle Weir books, but I am always adding new material following today's industry. I also incorporate bacic production and arranging techniques, so my students have an opportunity to produce their songs and creat online profiles with their songs. Adults (18+) are learning based upon their previous musical background: during our first lesson we set our goals and we directly work towards them. Every lesson includes PDF handouts, homework, separate e-mail with week's listening list, transcribing material.
Teaching Styles: I love teaching, and my teaching style reflects today's industry and styles. Incorporating production, arranging, harmony elements into my lessons makes students more eager to discover their own style and try new things. I love to create a nice relationship with the students, find out about his/her musical goals and passions and encourage him/her to explore his/her creativity to the maximum. I am always creating a friendly environment, so students can feel comfortable and willing to keep studying music. I am a young, friendly and warm person. Little kids like my energy and adults like my professional approach and hard working.
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