I am Covid19 vaccinated and also have a background check! I have been teaching piano, strings, and band instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and drums) for more than 30 years in the public schools as well as privately. I have instructed large groups and ensembles, as well as smaller musical groups in and out of the public schools. Performing in various Jazz groups throughout the state has enhanced my teaching knowledge in music education. My Masters degree in music education has enabled me to develop as a well rounded instrumental music teacher, and also as a flexible individual when it comes to understanding my students' musical needs. It is this vast experience which enables me to educate people with an open minded manner.
The student decides how fast he/she will progress by practicing very hard, or by working at a more moderate pace. Once again, I always participate in the learning process, as this method of teaching will enhance the private lesson, and a mutual enjoyment and respect will develop! The student must convey to me what he/she desires to focus on, and there will be a "win/win" situation which is always preferred. Of course, I am very relaxed when I teach, and as a result I can create a very informal atmosphere for the student, which encourages a comfortable learning environment!
Able to read music
Student has instrument
Interested musical styles
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I normally use the Standard of Excellence method books for many of my students; however, I am open minded to adjusting to each individual student's musical needs, whether it be Jazz, Classical, or whatever style music the student is focusing on. Other excellent methods are the Ed Sueta Book, Rubank Method, Breeze Easy, Achievement in Excellence. For Drummers, I prefer the Haskell Harr Method, or the Buddy Rich Method Book, as well as the Breeze Easy Method Book.
For piano instruction, I prefer the John Thompson Piano Method and also the Bastien and Faber Piano Methods.
I always play my instrument along with the student so that he/she can hear how the music is supposed to be played in regards to the notes as well as the rhythm! This way, we all have fun learning!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelors Degree in Music Education: Western CT State College
Masters Degree in Music Education: Western CT State College
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing depends on the length of the lessons and the distance which I have to travel.
How did you get started teaching?
My love for music was abundant since I was a young child.
I wanted to share my knowledge with other people, particulary young students.
What types of students have you worked with?
Students of all ages and backgrounds...and who wish to learn all styles of music....jazz, classical, blues, etc.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Tony Bennett concerts along with many Jazz concerts!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look carefully at the teacher's background and experience, and the musical styles which he/she is able to teach you.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What style of music do they want to be really proficient in.
What they wish to accomplish with their new talents.
What instrument do they want to be proficient on.
How much time will they have available to practice.