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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.
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