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1 employee
32 years in business

About this pro

As the owner and creator of the website, I have over 25 years of experience teaching.  Now  offering online video instruction with live video chat in the areas of: piano technique, performance technique, music theory, ear training, and improvisation.  My "Jam Factory" program is not just for piano students, it teaches all students how play in all 12 keys fluently and effortlessly.  As a former public school HS band director, using a theme and variation apprach to learning, I also offer group and individual lessons on all the wind instruments. These unique materials make it possible for students who, with various skill levels and instruments, can engage in serious learning while at the same time enjoy the process of learning along with others.  I am permanently certified to teach public school K-12 music and have a Master's Degree in Music from the oldest and largest school of music in the US, The Crane School of Music.  

I retired about a year ago, but when I saw how great the need has become nationally for quality music instruction, I just had to go back and further develop my programs.  It is so gratifying to see how well 25 year old stratigies materialize to produce students who actually flourish at what they do. I especially love writing arrangements that students request.  They are so engaged when they play songs that they themselves chose.  With the current technology, we now have the global capability while at the same time maintaining the personal individual touch.  This allows even the most disadvantaged kids to learn how to play well, something that is truly meaningful to me.

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Kansas City, MO 64137
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  • Naomi Vaksdal

    The program fits with all skill levels and is engaging enough to hold the student's attention for all ages. A great program for both the beginner as well as advanced player!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I am most familiar with dealing with medium sized groups.  Whenever possible, I try and join students together so that they can relate their progress to each other.  I find this  makes things more interesting for both students and teachers.  Groups of 5-15 are preferable.  It also helps to lower the cost to the individual while increasing time spent practicing together, which is the key to long-term success.  I am simply teaching students how to practice.  My materials make group learning a perfect environment within which to excell.  I love to service entire homeschooled groups or private Christian schools.

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

By starting piano lessons at the age of 4, music performance has always been a way of life for me.  I completed a Bachelor's in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in 1989.  While band directing in the 1990's, I completed a Master in Music degree also from Crane in 1994.  Shortly after completing my Master's I completed the coursework for a Bachelor in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta in 1996.  I found that program to be very useful in developing music business ideas that made money.

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

Pricing is going to be a fraction of any other program because I learned how to teach groups of students as efficiently as individuals, passing savings on to students.  At $40 per month for a website subscription, this would be an excellent value, however to get the number of students I am seeking, I have reduced the monthly subscription rate to $25/month.  Homeschool families only need to pay once for the whole family.  Written copies of the materials are also available but not altogether necessary to learn the material, they are for enrichment and sold individually on the website, prices vary.  I am currently still working on the website and welcome anyone who wants to review the materlas at this time, no password is necessary.  I want to get restarted quickly and build a large number of students, even globally.  This is the notion I find fascinating--Indian kids practicing along with Japanese alosng with Scandanavian practicing along with American kids.  On the surface, most teaching methods look about the same and much of the quality depends on the teacher's classroom management skill.  I took a lot of time developing a very unique approach where all I do, is teach students how to practice effeciently.  The materials do not require any further input from a teacher.  This is the most productive long term way to learn how to play.  Regarding pricing, I allow stuents to try the materials for about a month free.  Go to: to try it out.  Each of 12 lessons can be accessed from that page.  The band program is still under construction and should be done around 8/18.  Once you are confident that these are the types of materials you want to master, contact me and we will set up a monthly fee and begin scheduling video lessons.  In the even that you want even more presonal instruction, we can discuss making those arrangements.  Plan on paying me in the $30/hour range for that service.

How did you get started teaching?

I had a great band director in High School and he inspired me to follow in his foot steps.  He so convinced our community of his program's virtue that they gave him almost unlimited funds to persue his goals.  Our little town of some 30,000 people had a wind ensemble that toured Europe and was paid for doing it, it was that high a quality group.  With today's technology, progrms of that caliber can be created throughout the world if managed correctly.  Join me in our pursuit towards excellence in music performance.

What types of students have you worked with?

Being certified K-12 Music, I have worked with every school aged student including: gifted and talented, learning disabled, and even severly emotionally disturbed.  I particularly liked working in the inner city, not necessarily because of the great achievements made, but because of how the kids responsded once they knew I was the real deal.  

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

There are techers who know the materials but don't want to be bothered sharing their knowledge or make it too difficult for students to learn.  Then there are teachers who can't teach, they just don't know the material and couldn't impart knowledge, even if they wanted to.  And there are teachers who both know the material and are also willing to impart that knowledge to their students.  Get one that knows the material well and wants to share their knowledge with students.

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

The longer I do this the more I am convinced that I am in the business of making students believe in themselves and their ability to learn.  Don't ask merely about facts, they can be found using the internet and a search engine.  Ask how I am going to make you a great player.