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, Guitar, Voice, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Organ, Synthesizer, Recorder, Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, Keyboard
Teaching Methods: My methods of choice for instruction are many due to the amount of instruments that I teach and the many levels of mastery within each concentration.
Teaching Styles: If you wish to educate, you must inspire first. Each student is encouraged to proceed at a pace that is suited to their aptitude, goals, schedule and drive. Positive acknowlegement of achievements, clear communication and demonstration of techniques, opportunities to play with others at a similar level of growth and an atmosphere of musical community are key to the progress of my students.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Violin
Teaching Methods: Traditional: Alfred, Bastien, Faber
Suzuki and Yamaha trained
Teaching Styles: Private lessons
Teaching Methods: First off, I make sure that my student has a strong foundational understanding for the breathing mechanism and how it functions. I emphasize that singing is not that much different than speech, in that we never run out of air when we are talking, so why should it happen when we sing? My philosophy is that a healthy breath and body produces the healthiest sound, free of anything extraneous. Many students come to me with an upcoming audition, and so I like to explore performance techniques within the song, such as character development and acting/gestures to make for a well-rounded perfomance. I often "tie a bow" at the end of lessons, summarizing everything that was covered and asking the student to articulate a list of things they will work on for next time.
Teaching Styles: I often begin by asking the student what got them started singing in the first place. That initial point of musical inspiration is key to artistic development. It is easy to get bogged down and frustrated by the technique of singing, so re-invigorating that initial passion is key. If I assign a piece for a specific techinical purpose, I always let the student have full veto power if that piece does not speak to them in any way. I also incorporate exercises having to do with the body as a whole: singing on the ground, or sitting on an exercise ball can really engage the breathing mechanism in a new and enlightening way. Our voice cannot be separate from our body, and so I emphasize that we have to keep the body in good shape so that it works for us and not against us.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Drums
Teaching Methods: VOICE/SINGING/SPEECH STUDIO I am offering singing lessons using a natural, easy-to-understand, experience-based holistic and scientific method. The aim is to freely express the natural and style-free voice, which can be consciously applied to any musical style. Sing with ease, energized and flowing breath, solid technique, resonance, projection, diction, range and poise. No previous experience is necessary. Adults and children of all ages, voice types, backgrounds and levels from beginner to professional are welcome. I taught singers from such diverse backgrounds as opera, musical theater, pop, soul, R&B, bluegrass, rock, heavy metal and public speaking. DRUM STUDIO My drum studio is open to adults and children of all ages, backgrounds and levels from beginner to professional. I maintain a drum studio in Somerville. PIANO STUDIO I am a member of Faber Piano Teaching Adventures Club, and teach using the comprehensive Faber Piano Adventures, suitable for all children and adults from beginner to late intermediate levels. I maintain piano studios in Somerville and Quincy.
Teaching Styles: Helping students express themselves with artistic and technical freedom.
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.
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