This service stands out because it not only provides a lesson on the instrument itself, but has the potential to include music theory and/or music history, should the student be interested in adding those aspects of music into the private lessons. Every week, I always confirm ahead of time to make sure the lesson is still scheduled as planned, and I always send a detailed lesson plan of what to have prepared for the following lesson, and what to expect to learn in the coming weeks in case the student wants to look ahead.
I enjoy imparting my knowledge onto students who are eager to learn about all aspects of music. Additionally, I love learning from my students, and thoroughly enjoy watching them make breakthroughs and musical connections.
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My daughter loves working with Taylor! She looks forward to her lessons. Taylor is specific, while also be encouraging. My daughter has learned a lot, not only about playing the clarinet, but also notes, rhythms, phrasing, etc. Taylor is a wonderful musician and a very gifted teacher. She is funny and down to earth and one of the finest people I have met. We feel very lucky our daughter studies with Taylor and I highly recommend her!
Taylor is an amazing teacher. She has a sunny positive attitude, and makes lessons fun so that my daughter can’t wait to have the next lesson despite the work involved in learning and playing the flute. In a few months, my daughter learned how to play several pieces (even starting from barely able to make a sound). It is a difficult instrument that can be frustrating but Taylor loves it and transfers the love for music and flute to her students.
Taylor is wonderfully patient and attentive with my ten year old son. She encourages his interest in music and he always looks forward to lessons with her. Taylor makes herself available in between lessons whenever he has questions. We are lucky to have her as his teacher.
It is always super fun during Taylor's lessons and I like how she gradually leads me to harder pieces and notes. Taylor is also really nice and helps me if I squeak on my clarinet or get a note wrong!
First I'll ask the student if they have any prior knowledge in music or on the instrument, and we'll take it from there. If the student does have any foundation, we'll build up from that point. If not, with woodwinds, we usually start with parts of the instrument, how to safely put it together, take it apart, cleaning procedures, and the first sounds will typically come from mouth piece exercises.
My received my Bachelors degree in Music, and my Masters Degree in Music Education (k-12). I've taught elementary instrumental k-5 at an after school program in Harlem, student teaching k-5 on instrumental, chorus and general music on the Upper East Side, and High School band at Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts. I also still give private students to 6 students a week via facetime/skype (flute, clarinet, and recorder). I have also previously taught beginner piano.
My standard pricing is $50/45 min and $60/hr.
I first got started teaching back when I was in high school when I had my very first private flute student, and really solidified that by the time I reached my undergrad in New York when I taught through the non-profit program Harmony.
I've worked with slightly younger than elementary students all the way to high school gaduates. Some from very affluent areas, and some from areas that are not so affluent.
I would advise students to look for teachers with experience and a love for what they do. Aside from their credentials and certifications, does it seem like they get joy from teaching and sharing their own knowledge with students?
Do they seem like they have various ways to impart their knowledge to various types of learners?
Students should consider what type of learners they are before speaking to a prospective teacher-maybe they're a student that learns things more visually or aurally and asking these questions to the teacher can help create a clear path for the student going forward. Students should think about their physical set-up, and ask if it's conducive to playing this certain type of instrument (lips, arms, braces, etc). Students should also consider asking what typically goes into a daily or weekly practice routine as a beginner musician.