Robinson Music Studio

Robinson Music Studio

20 years in business

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My journey to become the teacher I am today
I love teaching, I love children, and I love music. After an apprecticeship with the local elementary music teacher when I was in high school, I decided I wanted my emphasis of musical study should be teaching music to children. I graduated from BYU with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Elementary Education, with organ as my primary instrument of study. I took advantage of every opportunity along the way to gain experience: volunteering in local schools, teaching orchestra, teaching arts/music in a partnership with classroom teachers, and teaching in the BYU music preschool. I learned so much from two professors with contrasting viewpoints, giving me the flexibility to decide what I really believed to be successful as a music educator. I had the unique opportunity to student teach at an elementary school with two seasoned full-time music teachers, complete with a piano lab, and orchestra program, and an amazing choir. Again, the opportunity here provided more breadth to my education and views. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Educationa and Elementary Music Education, I taught elementary school music in the Alpine School District for two years. After having my first child, I took a break from the public school scene, but continued to teach private lessons and music preschool out of my home. In the fall of 2016, I took a job as an Elementary Music Instructional Coach with the Davis School District. This coming school year, I'll continue to work for the school district, I'll teach one day a week of private lessons, and I'll teach a music preschool class.
I am first a teacher to the student, and then a teacher of music. I know that each student is an individual with unique strengths and needs.

About a pianist and musician
I began taking piano lessons when I was eight years old. In junior high, I learned to play the cello and the bass. My family moved to a really small town when I began high school. Since there was no orchestra, I learned to play the bass guitar, a few percussion instruments, and the bass clarinet in the concert, jazz, pep, and honor bands. I sung in the school honor choir, and I also continued cello study my junior year and was in the Montana All-State Orchestra. 
     At BYU, I studied privately on the piano my freshman year, and then switched over to the organ after that. I played bass in the BYU Symphony Orchestra and in a jazz band, and I sang in the BYU Women's Chorus. I really wanted to learn how to play all the string instruments, so I took a class and learned to play the violin and viola as well. I play the piano for weddings and other special events and have played the cello for a community opera. One of my newest experiences is accompanying the Catholic and Protestant services on Hill Air Force Bass. I absolutely love music and I the joy that it can bring to people. Music expresses what words cannot, and it communicates to all people. 

I love teaching and I love music. I'm passionate about giving students the tools they need for success.

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Layton, UT 84040
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Every student is unique. I seek to understand the students goals and their current skills and knowledge, and we make a plan from there.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Elementary Education

FAME Certification

Utah Teaching Licence

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $85/month for weekly 30 minute private lessons. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching piano lessons when I was in high school. I love teaching music and not I teach students of all ages and abilities. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I'm currently teaching students from 2 to 72 years. I teach piano, voice, organ, strings, private, and group lessons. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite events are the little moments in each lesson, where a student can tell he or she has made progress: their eyes light up, they smile, and the feeling is the best of all.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

A good teacher is worth the investment. I've had too many students come from other teachers that were doing their best, but just didn't really know how to teach music and/or the instrument. Its important for your teacher to understand both the instrument and how music works, as well as understanidng how to teach.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students and teachers should discuss goals, commitment, and expectations (communication, payment, practice, recitals, the teachers qualifications, etc.) together.