I worked with Mrs. McLaughlin for about 2.5 years. She's a thorough vocal teacher. She teaches the basics of breathing and developing muscles and skills to become a better vocalist. Highly recommend!
I want students to be comfortable and at ease with me as a teacher. I encourage questions and dialogue as to what is being taught in a lesson. I have often been asked as to how long the student should practice. For beginners I tell parents in particular (piano) that the student may only practice a minimum of 10-15 minutes a day. That may seem like a short amount of time, but you need to remember that the music will not be that difficult and will not be too long . . . so four pieces of music, along with finger exercises will not take that long. I have also found that if the students are not forced to practice for long periods when beginning, they usually will come back later in the day and do the lesson again, because now they have a basic idea of what to do on the instrument. As for voice students that is a different story . . . students are learning to control air flow, correct bad habits and learn to possibly sing in a different language. With all that, a student is using muscles that they are not use to controlling. So if the student were to practice too long and become physically tired, it is inevitable that the student could start practicing incorrectly and using the muscles wrong. So I encourage voice students not to sing longer than 20 minutes at a time. In this way students can build up the muscles in their mouth, throat and diaphragm.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Piano and Voice. I began teaching piano in 1974 and voice in 1976 in Modesto, California. I have been a professional accompanist for Modesto J.C. 1968, Modesto Performing Arts, 1968, Sierra Repertory Theater, 1982, Eugene, OR. Children’s Theater 1986, church pianist, Berean Baptist 1996-2000, church pianist, Life Springs Christian Church, Las Vegas, NV. 2005-2018. Vocally- 1978 – Engelbert Humperdinck, Hansel & Gretel/ the mother/ Modesto, J.C. 1981 – Monetti, The Medium/Madame Flora (Baba)/ Eugene, OR./ Hult Center – My Fair Lady, Eugene Performing Arts – Renaissance Performing Arts Group 1996-2000.
Yes, A complete lesson year includes 36 weeks of lessons in nine (9) months (September to May). Depending on the time of year, some months will have as many as five lessons, some as little as little as three (3); but the monthly tuition will remain the same for the lesson year. If students study during the summer this is based on the number of lessons based on the month . . . considering vacations.
Annual nine-month tuition fees are $1,260 and a $30.00 per student registration fee is due in September. The tuition fee is then divided into nine equal payments of $140/month. The student is provided with a private 30-minute lesson each week, plus two annual recital performances. Method books are purchased separately. Students begin with a 30 –minute lesson, longer lesson times may be made available as the student advances and comprehension increases. The $30.00 registration fee is used to cover the cost for the two recitals in the year. Payments are due at or by the first week of each month.
I was encouraged by my piano and voice teachers to become a private music teacher.
I have worked with students as young as 5 all the way to 77 years of age. Male and female, Experienced and no experience, and in one case, in voice, a tone-deaf male who after about 6 months was able to hear and sing repeated scales and melodies.
Please, look for someone who is educated and experienced in piano or voice. Teachers who are educated and experienced will charge more, but you will learn the necessary basics and should get educated in music theory and history to help you understand the music you are performing. People who are not qualified to teach usually charge much less and usually cannot help you achieve the goals you are looking ford. Also make sure to ask what their method of teaching covers i.e. classical, pop, jazz, theory, scales etc.
Ask yourself are you ready for the time commitment it takes to become proficient in your instrument? Do you really want to learn the instrument or is someone else pushing you?
Are there other musicians in the family?
Do you own, rent or lease a piano or keyboard?
How recently was it tuned or serviced?
In addition to lessons, what other involvements will be on your time schedule (after school activities, sports, church, evening events, etc)?
Are you willing to commit to practice 5 days a week (each time a minimum of 20 minutes a day to get started?)
Then eventually progress to 30 or more minutes considering the difficulty of the music?
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