I'm on sabbatical for a bit, focused on spending as much time as possible with my daughter in the first couple years of her life. Back in the saddle in the late spring and summer of 2018. Stay tuned!
Unique One-off or Package Lessons
I have a modular approach to lessons and learning. It's great to have a long-term teacher, but it's also and super-useful to get a shot of knowledge in a workshop or single lesson or three, and then hit the woodshed and work on all that stuff. So in addition to regular weekly and bi-weekly lessons over the long term, I also offer workshops and one-off lessons or packages. Below are some examples:
Up and Running: A popular package for beginners of any age. Four lessons to get you pointed in the right direction.
Jamming & Improvising 101: All musicians improvise. Learn what it is and how to do it without all the baggage.
Jazz Improvising: From the absolute basics on up through tri-tone substitutions and other more advanced concepts. Available in four installations (I, II, III, and IV)
Music Reading: Learn about all those squiggles and dots in a fun, no-pressure way, applied to your own instrument and music of choice.
See the Single Track Studios online for more detailed and up-to-date information on what's available.
Research shows that the best teachers are different, depending on the level of the player (Sosniak, 1985). For example, beginners benefit from teachers who provide strong encouragement, effusive praise (where warranted), and who help students have fun with music. As the student progresses and becomes more focused, the teaching style becomes more focused and specific as well.
I alter my teaching style to provide the best possible experience for each individual. This means finding just the right blend of fun and work for each student depending on their ability and goals. Work can be hard and fun, but for beginners it should be mostly about the fun.
We focus on general instrument technique, musicality, and performance, of course. My lessons--regardless of instrument--also include a focus on rhythm and reading skills, basic piano and/or guitar skills (or other harmony instrument), as well as fun and helpful forays into improvisation, composition, and arranging. We also focus on powerful non-musical issues such as goal-setting (and achieving!) and mindsets.
Technology & Tools
In addition to standard music technology (metronomes, tuners, recording devices, etc.) I use a smart pen with all my students. This allows for quick and easy audio files, linked to handwritten notes. While not essential, this resource is a great way to keep track of progress, and fuel steady improvement. Watch a demo of how it works here.
Instruments & Subjects
Trumpet: Beginniers to advanced players.
I love working with comeback players. Dig that horn out of storage and take a lesson!
Beginners of all styles
Gypsy jazz and jazz rhythm guitar
All Band Instruments (yes, all of them)
With years of experience as a beginning band teacher, I can help your child get started with the very best habits and mindsets on any instrument.
Beginners to advanced. Any instrument.
See my workshops or one-off sessions at the Single Track Studios web site to see what's coming up.