Making Music

Making Music

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24 years in business

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I have been teaching privately in southern Orange County for two decades now and have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages, 4 - adult. Every student has unique ways of learning and progressing and I tailor my lessons to the individual for optimum success.

My teaching of keyboard skills incorporates notes, sight-reading, theory, ear-training and composition, providing a strong foundation whether studying for fun or to eventually pursue professionally.  Vocal students learn breath support and vocal techniques that open and strengthen their singing voice and emotional connection. Method courses for both disciplines involve songs/pieces students want to learn, enriching their enjoyment and motivation, while providing a warm, supportive atmosphere that helps free their natural potential. 

Some of my musical experiences include participating in the St. Moritz Festival in Switzerland, solo performances and choir competitions during college, performing at business and social functions, showcasing an original song selected by the Songwriter's Guild of America, and singing the national anthem at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

I earned a music degree and a teaching credential from the University of California, Irvine.

I also belong to the Music Teacher’s Association of California that offers several programs, recitals, festivals and Certificate of Merit for students to participate in.

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Temecula, CA 92591
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I would see where you are in the process. Do you have any experience? Have you ever had lessons? I ask what your goals are and what kind of music you enjoy. From there we pick the right method course books, and supplemental music as we go along to help you reach your goals. In singing, the most important part is having excellent breath support and finding the richest, most resonant part of a student’s voice as well as techniques to gain emotional connection to what you’re singing because this is more important than a flawless voice.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Years of private instruction as well as a degree in music, a teaching credential and many experiences performing gives me the experience to teach music. Additionally, the most important skill is having the ability to explain and instruct in a way that makes it easier and more successful for the student. Not all people that can do can teach!

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $30 for each half hour lesson. Lessons are weekly.

How did you get started teaching?

I taught afterschool Keyboard classes in the Saddleback and Capo Unified school districts Parents wanted their children to continue their music instruction so I offered private lessons with individualized attention.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students of all ages. My goal is to help students discover their full potential and to enjoy making music. The main goal of lessons is for students to have fun and play the songs they love. However, I provide students  a strong foundation, teaching correctly and effectively so that if they wish to pursue music professionally, as well, they’ll be prepared.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I’ve been asked to describe a certain event I’m fond of. I will say that Shawn Mendes’ recent album and new covers of songs lately have been very moving to me because I hear how deeply talented he is, how far he’s come and will continue to grow and how inspiring that is in the music business and for young people. It reminds me of students I’ve taught for years that finally went off to college but during their last recital and even during lessons brought tears to my eyes because of how beautifully they played and how far they had come in their music training. Notes and measures become moving works of art, expressions of the human condition we can all relate to, that impact us in positive ways. That is what music is all about.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It is important to find a teacher you feel comfortable with. As a teacher, I am supportive, patient, and create a warm, encouraging atmosphere. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Ask a teacher what their policies are on practicing, pricing, and teaching style. Do they allow their students to choose music they are interested in, along with the fundamental requirements. Do they have a thorough approach, not leaving gaps in their instruction. For example I’ve encountered students who play beautifully but when presented with a song of equal difficulty, cannot read the notes, or perhaps they have no knowledge of theory and how music is put together with no understanding of chords, harmony  or improvising. 

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