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:
Teaching Methods: For all lessons, I create a lesson plan based off of each students levels and abilities to do warm-ups, breathing excersies, diction, vowel sounds and music pieces. For beginning students, I focus more on warming up the voice, breathing techniques, vowel sounds, posture and overall instruction to the songs they pick. For more advanced students, we work on their range, tone, vowels, diction, breathing if needed, foreign language and overall instruction to the songs they would like to sing. I encourage students to pick songs that they love or that they want to learn so that each lesson is filled with excitement and fun while allowing them to grow in their gifting.
Teaching Styles: The best part of being a teacher is seeing your student get and understand what they are passionate about. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student grow in what they are learning, however, its important that we go at a pace that is comfortable for each student. Each week students will be given a small goal that they are able to reach for their following lesson. These goals will challenge each student while giving them a sense of accomplishment. Being a teacher is all about seeing a student progress which in turn gives the student a sense of enjoyment and inspires them to keep going.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: For piano study I use traditional book methods. The books I teach from are Bastien Levels Primer to Adult Beginner. My vocal methods are taught using interactive multi-media and traditional methods combined building a repetoire of songs while focusing on technique.
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is an active and open learnig environment where I enjoy fostering creativity while reinforcing the discipline required of learning an instrument. I like to see students advancing in performance while learnig the fundamenals and basics of music theory.
Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Ukulele, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Teaching Methods: I do not only teach the instrument alone, I want to produce total musicians, not just an instrumentalist. I believe in "wholistic" teaching - teaching music, theory, appreciation, history AND performance!
Teaching Styles: My teaching style is wholistic in approach.Starting with the basics and fundamentals, and then quickly move on to performing and hopefully writing and teaching others as well.
Instruments: Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Euphonium
Teaching Methods: Music in the school system is taught backwards. If you're a beginner, you were put in a beginning class. this makes it very difficult for students to advance quickly because they aren't playing music with people who are more advanced than them. I make sure the students have the ability to play the instrument before they learn a ton of theory, because knowing how the wrritten form of music work without being able to play them is recipe for frustration.
Teaching Styles: The way I approach teaching music is very simple. I just think of each student as myself when I was their age and think how would I want to learn it if I were to learn it again.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: My usual lesson consists of three things: technique work, classical unpinning, and modern styles. A typical lesson might be to have you play your assigned scales and exercises (Hanon, Czerny, Duvernoy, or the like for you advanced students) play the assigned classical piece (good for building/solidifying technique) and then play something more modern or popluar like rock, jazz, broadway, easy listening, etc. Good technique, or facility, as they say, is good technique. Once honed, that can be used to play or sing any style. I have taught and used successfully many method books such as John Thompson, the Bastien series, and Alfred for piano and Vaccai and 24 Italian Art Songs for voice. Ultimately what we decide to use is up to the particular learning style of the student and how fast you want to learn. It bears repeating: no matter how much talent you have, you must be willing to work and practice. Otherwise, you are just wasting time.
Teaching Styles: My general teaching style is very approachable, easy going, and yet demanding. That means that I believe in positive encouragement during the lesson, but expect the student to work on their own outside the lesson. I can even teach you in Spanish! I am also able to teach online via Skype and have private students taking that way with me now. The greatest thrill for me as a teacher is when that "ah-ha" moment comes to a student and they really get it. There is nothing like encouraging budding talent and being a part of that.
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