I would consider myself to be methodical and thorough so as to sequence learning for optimal results. I do my best to adapt to learning styles and music preferences. I have years of experience in public and private settings both as a teacher and a performer.
I am currently working with a student who appeared to have some learning disabilities at first. Note reading came very slow and there didn't seem to be much coordination. In the last couple of months something seemed to click. Hand eye coordination has improved dramatically and they are tackling more challenging music with each passing week. It's pretty exciting to watch someone bloom like that.
Mrs. Woodring has been teaching my daughters piano and violin for almost two years. We are amazed at how fast and well our children have learned to play. I'm most appreciative of her ability to tailor to each child's learning style and keep them motivated. Her positivity and high energy make learning fun and keep my children engaged. I would recommend Mrs. Woodring to those looking for an educated, experienced and gifted teacher.
Barbara was always willing to give me a lesson and scheduled adequate time for it. She is very nice to work with. I wish she had pushed me a bit harder so that I could have made more progress.
On piano; keyboard orientation (groups of twos and threes), finger patterns (five fingers starting on white notes) and using proper posture and hand position. I use method books chosen to match the students age, personality and leearning style plus my own technique diagrams and charts. I encourage students to enter festivals and contests and perform as early as possible. And of course, lots of variety in music selection.
On violin: instrument orientation (parts and function of the instrument), right hand bow hold, left hand shaping on the neck, bowing and finger patterns and developing the ear. I use the Suzuki approach with younger students and adapt that for older students and adults. Traditional classical music, fiddling, music for church and music for the orchestra are all explored and developed.
I have a bachelor in music education from Boston University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance. I have attended a minimum of 10 Suzuki workshops plus years of independent piano workshops and Texas Music Education Association conventions. I have accompanied choirs, band students and orchestra students for years and continue to serve as a church pianist. I am currently the pianist in a piano trio and preparing a recital in the fall. I have also played in community orchestras in Irving, Sherman, Longview, Marshall and in Arkansas.
For years I charged $40 a lesson, but considering the going rate in Dallas and my training and experience, $50 is about as low as I would go.
I started teaching after college forty years ago. Currently I am teaching school full time as a high school orchestra director as well as elementary strings teacher. My private teaching hours are limited during the school year, however I am set to retire in June of 2018, after which I hope to build a more active studio.
I've taught everything from 3 year old violinists to 60 year old beginning cellists (yes, I play cello as well). Some students just do it "for pleasure" but many are motivated by festivals and competitions. Each year my piano students are encouraged to participate in National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions. Many students over the years have prepared 10 piece programs from memory for this event in the spring. I am actually a judge for the piano teachers' guild and have judged piano in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisianna and Texas.
I teach two sisters who just participated in the Carrollton Music Teachers Association (an MTNA affiliate) "sonatina" festival. They both rose to the occasion and brought home first place ribbons. I just joined this association this year and am most impressed with their operations and festivals.
Observe a lesson, read up on the method and make sure you have an accoustic piano or a weighted keyboard for piano. And for violin, buy something over $200 that is not painted! And if that is not an option, you can always rent to buy instruments.
How much time are they willing to practice? Will they attend lessons faithfully? Are they willing to work through beginning steps before jumping into a particular style they are longing to play.