I will craft lessons specifically to meet the goals and needs of the student. Lessons can include musicianship, music theory, compositions, or anything else the student wishes or requires. For young children, lessons and practice will often involve games to achieve learning goals. Each lesson will be high quality, productive, and enjoyable.
I love being able to share my love of music with everyone! There is nothing better than watching my students enjoy making music.
I also enjoy the freedom to build lessons that suit students--it takes a certain type of creativity to craft plans that work for each individual!
I have been consistently impressed with Ms. Hoffrnan's thoughtful, thorough, caring and creative approach to teaching. Her patient, calm, and gentle demeanor make her an extremely likable person who relates well to others. She always strives to do a good job and is interested and good at analyzing and exploring options to achieve the best end results for her students.
My two sons took piano, clarinet, and cello lessons with Ms. Hoffman and they very much enjoyed them! My younger son started piano with Ms. Hoffman when he was 4 and cello when he was 6. He has kept up with both and very much enjoys playing. My older son started clarinet and piano with Ms. Hoffman when he was 9, and within two years was selected to be principal clarinetist in the top group at the local youth orchestra! She not only taught my sons how to play their instruments but also how to practice so it wasn't a chore. The personalized curriculum she used kept my sons interested and successful. They both looked forward to their lessons!
The first step is starting where the student is--I will ask questions, play games, or use other activities to assess the current skill level of every new student. Then, I design a curriculum that will help them reach their goals as easily and positively as possible.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida (2011)
Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (2013)
Orff Certified (2018)
General Music Teacher, Band, Orchestra, and Choir Director in Pennsylvania and Colorado.
Private Lesson instructor since 2005.
Lessons are $20 per 30 minutes, $25 for 45 minutes, or $30 per hour.
I knew I wanted to teach music beginning in middle school and singlemindedly reached toward that goal throughout middle school, high school, college, and graduate school. Music has the ability to change lives and I love getting to share that!
As a music teacher in public, private, and charter schools, I have worked with a great variety of students. I am happy to work with anyone to achieve whatever goals they might have.
I was lucky enough to get tickets to Elton John's Farewell Tour! The concert was so much fun and he was riffing with the other musicians. It was great to see him on stage and to hear his creativity in improvisation!
Find a teacher with whom you connect and feel comfortable. Be prepared to do work outside of lessons if you want to be successful. This mean setting aside practice time (and daily practice is the best plan). Be willing to tell your teacher what YOU want so they can plan accordingly.
Remember that practicing is a learned skill and it doesn't have to be boring or hard. A good teacher will not just teach you the instrument, but also how to practice for success (so it doesn't take forever or feel boring). A good twenty-minute practice session can be more efficient and productive than three hours of poor practicing.
Music is a challenging subject, but if you pursue it, plan to spend awhile (more than one or two lessons) seeing if you like it. It takes time to get over the hump of learning to practice and move past the beginner sound.
What goals do I have?
Where am I now and where do I want to go?
What do I enjoy or want to try about this?
What do I dislike or what am I afraid of about this?
Do I have any limitations or barriers to overcome?
How much time and energy am I willing to dedicate to this?
What sort of teacher do I want?
Is there anything specific I need to tell my teacher?