My philosophy is that learning music should be an enjoyable experience. Lessons should be like a therapeutic experience that enriches your life.
Music changes people's lives, and I've seen it happen. I have even seen improvement in my students with Autism. Learning to play an instrument can be one of the most rewarding things you can do in your life.
My favorite part about what I do is the beautiful relationships I have built with my students and their families.
My exposure to music began at the age of 9 when I began playing violin. In college I was involved in the vocal program and that shaped me into a professional singer. I taught myself to play the piano, and I continue to work on my skills. Music is something that comes naturally to me, and I enjoy bringing it into the lives of my students.
Aside from learning technique, among other things, my students learn sportsmanship. They learn how to treat other musicians with respect. The musical world can be difficult for emerging artists, therefore, it is important that us as teachers lead our youngest students by example.
I enjoy meeting new people and watching them grow as musicians. I've established strong connections with my students and their families.
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I first like to have a short interview to talk about the goals my new students has. We talk about what genres he/she is willing to explore. We decide on a consistent lesson day/time, and make sure those technicalities are taken care of.
For voice, I start off with a simple warm up to begin assessing the student's current level. I usually have the student bring a favorite and well known song to our second lesson, because I find that students are able to display their true singing personality this way.
For violin, our first lesson is more about how to take care of our instrument, or finding one if the student doesn't already have one. We then proceed to the method book of their level.
For piano, we will go right into the method book for your age. We start by learning about posture and begin to play some new tunes.
Being a violinist has helped me with my singing and I am able to learn music very quickly. In my college chamber choir we learned to sing in a very unique way. My director taught us music in a way that we would be able to teach others. A lot of my teaching technique comes from how I was trained in chamber choir, and through private lessons. I have sung with many church choirs as a paid singer, and as a section leader. I have also been a featured soloist on many occasions.
I worked at the Boys & Girls Club, and learned how to work with children who were 5 years old to 17. This helped me understand how children of different ages are.
My undergraduate psychology courses have also helped me understand people in a deeper way and I am able to build strong relantionships with my students because of it. It had also helped me with patience, especially while teaching kids with disabilities.
I have also a attended choral and conducting workshops, and always continue to work on my craft.
My pricing is as follows, and is the same for all subjects:
In Studio- 30 Minutes @ $30.00;
45 Minutes @ $40.00;
60 Minutes @ $50.00
I started teaching one violin student while I was still in school. I realized that I was very good at it, and my student was experiencing a lot of success. It came to my attention that private instruction is very important to students, and I decided to do it full-time.
I've worked with students as young as 3 and as seasoned as 70, and everything in between.
Mayny of my students are beginners and have never even picked up a violin before coming to me.
I also teach students with Autism.
I've also worked with students who want to prepare for auditions.
My favorite memories are from my student recitals. It's amazing to watch these emerging musicians improve. At the end of the recital we always have a lovely reception where the students and their parents get to mingle and learn more about eachother. I like to believe that I am helping build a stronger community.
This is a no judgement zone. I will always give the best of me. What I ask of students is that they come in with a positive and hard working attitude. It's not always going to be easy, and it takes patience. Do not expect to become a superstar overnight...becoming a great musician takes dedication and commitment.
If you are looking to do this as a hobby, this is the place to be! Many of my students are looking to find an activity for fun, and that's ok. We will take it at your pace.
I do not expect perfection, and neither should you. Many times we set the bar too high, and become discouraged very quickly. If you are seeing progress every week, that is exaclty what I want to see.
Do not compare yourself to others. Every one learns at a different pace.
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