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, Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder
Incidentally, I started teaching when I was still learning myself; in grade-school, on the recorder. I learned early on that my ability to play by memory and through ear afforded me a stark intuitive advantage over peers my own age; naturally, they came to me during our shared lessons to inquire about my talent. While neither of my abilities was necessarily a teachable factor, they did endow me with the ability to "know" my music - through a bit of compositional translation, I was able to share tidbits of knowledge among my colleagues. Namely, sheet-music for favourite songs, tunes, and melodies which they could then read and master visually what I had picked up audibly. Seeing the joy on my classmates' faces was always a pleasure of mine, so I indulged in it wherever possible, eventually taking it to the internet and indulging learners across borders, and from there, my lessons have evolved from mere musical distribution to regular and consistent technical tutoring.
Teaching Methods: NYU Vocal Pedagoy Methods
Teaching Styles: Friendly and Informative
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
I use the "Little Mozarts" series with 4-7 year-old piano students, and prefer the "Bastien" method for the older kids. I intersperse the lessons with theory and listening exercises, and interpolate movement and outside songs to keep the lessons as fun as possible. In the singing lessons, I start with the fundamentals of breathing and resonance, but we start singing songs and duets right away. Usually, I choose one song, and the student chooses another one to work on.
Teaching Methods: My approach to lessons differs significantly from student to student. After initial skills and vocal health assessments, I choose repertoire for them bases upon their abillities, age, and musical interests. While I think that vocalises and technical exercises are important to the learning process, I believe it is essential for students to be singing music that they are passionate about at all times. In this way, they can learn to love the process of improving. I supplement lessons with vocalises, either taught to me through previous teachers or from books by pedagogues such as Vaccai, Siebel, Marchesi, etc., as I see necessary.
Teaching Styles: My goal as a teacher is to show students the joys of singing, while instructing them how to be technically proficient and vocally healthy. Through the process, I encourage singers to appreciate what their strengths are and to recognize their weaknesses as challenges. I like to focus on one technical issue at a time, building upon the current strengths without overwhelming the singers. In this way, they can learn to love the process of improving. In essence, I drive my students to improve and set attainable goals so that they can approach singing in a smart, healthy, and happy way.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Teaching Methods: 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.
Teaching Styles: I believe one of the most rewarding feelings is seeing a student progress in talent and passion for music. I enjoy getting to know all of my students and find out what drives them, what their goals are and aid in achieving them. I have an infectious smile, broad knowledge, strong work ethic and positive attitude which will foster a lifelong enjoyment of the arts. I look forward to every lesson and in continuing our musical journey!
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