ALL LESSONS WILL BE ONLINE!!! THIS MEANS YOU WILL NEED A RELIABLE INTERNET CONNECTION, A WEBCAM AND MICROPHONE, AND A DESKTOP/LAPTOP!!!
I am a student at SUNY Fredonia and I am studying music education so that I one day may be a music teacher in New York. I specialize in all kinds of percussion as well as classical guitar and bass. Below you will be able to see what I can teach. On top of everything, I also have knowledge on how to teach (specific methods that have been tried and tested and are still in use by professional teachers today).
I enjoy helping people discover their innate ability for music. Everyone can be a musician. They only need to either: have a teacher that can help and nurture their musical growth or be so dedicated and love it so much that they are willing to learn on their own.
Ben really connected well with my son. My child had a guitar for a few years but never really was interested until lately. He's a shy kid but was able to open up to Ben rather quickly. It's been 3 months since their lessons started and my child loves playing the guitar.
The first lesson will be a trial lesson. I will use this lesson to work with the student to figure out a good place to start and how to proceed from there. For the student, this will also be a chance to decide if they like me as a teacher.
I will also take this lesson to assess if I can teach the student anything. I am an amazing musician. But I know that I am not the best at what I do. If I was, I would be performing on big stages, and not filling out this page.
Beginner to Advanced Lessons: Guitar, Bass, Percussion
Beginner to Intermediate Lessons: Piano, Music Theory
Beginner Lessons: Flute, Violin, Viola
Baseline: 30$ per half hour lesson. Full hour lessons are 45$. Lessons should be weekly and scheduled at the same time each week.
I got started teaching my senior year of high school when I needed some extra cash. In my neighborhood there were quite a few children eager to learn a new instrument. So I picked up teaching guitar at first, then I branched out to percussion and bass. During my collegiate years is when I added piano to the repertoire.
I have worked with ages ranging from 7 years old to 50+. I believe that it is never too late to learn an instrument. I have also worked with students with special needs.
Part of going to college for education is observing and helping teachers. There was one time when a teacher I was helping seemed overloaded so I offered to help with a flute lesson. The student was struggling with a specific rhythm. After spending the entire lesson on rhythm as a concept, the student was immediately better at that rhythm as well as other rhythms that I threw her way. The next day, she told me that the teacher was so happy. She was the only one playing the rhythm correctly.
I believe that any student looking for a music teacher should make sure that their teacher is someone that they can get along with. It is never a good idea to take lessons from a person that you do not respect. That goes for myself as well. IF you do not like me for any reason, do not waste your money. I would be more than happy to help you find a teacher that would be best for YOU.
Think about the commitment. Learning an instrument and how to read music is hard. It really is a new language. You're learning how to read a new system, how to make that written system into sound, and how to form musical ideas that make sense.
You should also know what you want. Do you want to be a well-rounded musician? Do you want to learn for fun? Are you trying to impress a group/person? Know your 'why am I learning this instrument' so you can pick a good teacher for you.