Clearwater Music Lessons, Inc.

Clearwater Music Lessons, Inc.


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Hi! My name is Mark Johnston and my passion is to help students fall in love with music. I teach a well-rounded curriculum which provides students with a solid music foundation. Kids and adults will learn how to read music, will learn proper technique and will understand the theory which supports the music they will learn how to play. Lesson materials are supplemented as quickly as possible with music the student wants to learn how to play whether it's classical, pop, country, jazz, etc.I am an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor with 25 years experience. I have a Masters Degree in Music from Illinois State University. I have experience with the Suzuki method for strings and have experience teaching band. I was also a contemporary church music director for cutting-edge services for 15 years.Let me help you discover the joys of playing music!

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Clearwater, FL 33761
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

If the student is new to the instrument we will start with understanding the parts of the instrument, then how to hold it properly, then begin to work on proper technique. They are quickly introduced to notation so they will learn how to read as soon as possible. I move students along quickly so they will be able to play music they want to learn as soon as possible.

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

I have a Master of Music Degree and have been teaching for 25 years. I also have experience teaching band. I have taught Suzuki violin at college. I also have professional band experience, playing keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, and singing.

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

Yes, all 30 minute lessons are just $20. Most books are included in the lesson fees.

How did you get started teaching?

I witnessed several violin students in the Suzuki program at one of the colleges I attended who had very poor technique. Because of that they sounded pretty bad and weren't enjoying playing. I offered some simple tips for most of them which corrected they main issues with their technique. It was a joy to see their eyes light up when their tone improved and they actually sounded good. I have always enjoyed seeing students fall in love with music.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with ADHD students, the elderly, people who thought they could never play an instrument well, casual learners to very committed students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My student recitals are always awesome! Some kids are nervous while others are confident but all leave with a sense of pride.

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

Find someone who listens to your goals and has the education and experience to help you reach them.

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

What are my goals? How soon would I like to reach a certain level and how much time do I have to devote to practicing? What kind of personality am I looking for in a teacher?