I have over 40 years experience teaching people of all ages, from beginners to advanced. My background includes decades of professional training. This has led to a deep knowledge of music, from classical all the way to folk, Celtic, jazz and blues. I have advanced certifications in teaching music as well. Most importantly, I love teaching people of all ages and levels or experience. Furthermore, I'm on board with whether you want to learn to read music or play by ear--because either approach is valid and productive, not to mention fun.
I am also a counselor, and I bring my expertise of listening and supporting people into each lesson. Finally, music is my passion as well as profession, and I bring enthusiasm and joy to every lesson.
One way that my teaching stands out is that I offer students a wide range of experience and expertise--from the highly technical, theoretical approach to the art of intuitive self-expression.
Please go to my website at www.LaurelEmrys.com for more information.
Playing music and giving people the chance to learn is one of my greatest joys. I love the challenge of finding ways to be flexible and sensitive to exactly what my students need to learn most easily and have the most fun in the process. In my experience, anyone who has the desire to make music can find a way to do so, and that is always my goal with every student. There is no one right way to learn or enjoy making music! Fostering each person's uniqueness and joy is my goal, no matter what your age or level of experience. Because I play and teach several instruments (piano, flute, harp, voice, music theory) my students get to try out a wide range of possibilities, if they like!
We loved how well Laurel related to Ellen. In fact, she did a great job of teaching her (11 years old) and myself, so that we could learn the flute together. It was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend her as a teacher.
Laurel took extra care to meet Dimitri's needs, and because of her expertise and inspiration, he was able to stick with it, even when it got hard. Now he just loves playing the flute and is getting pretty darn good at it too!
First, I listen carefully to what a new student wants, in terms of lessons, types of music, and modes of learning. Then, I match up what they are looking for with what I offer--which is an unusally wide band of possibilities because I've been playing music virtually all my life. I am always willing to be flexible and creative in my approach, because what I think is most important is that the student be inspired and enjoy themselves.