Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting
With 4 years of professional teaching experience in the field of percussion, I am able to offer personalized, one-on-one lessons for drum set, concert percussion, marching percussion, mallet and keyboard percussion, and more!
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Trumpet
Hi there, my name is Patrick, and I am now a new resident of the Asheville area. I am a music teacher of Trumpet, Piano, Voice and Sound Recording with more than 20 plus years of experience. Below, I relate some of my experiences and philosophies as a teacher of music since 2002.
I have worked with adults and children, with beginners, and with more experienced players looking for a push or a new direction. I have developed many different teaching methods based on what each of my students wants to get out of lessons. The heart of most lessons I teach is learning to play or understand songs. Usually, I rely on my students to select the songs they wish to study, which I then transcribe to make personal arrangements fitted to their abilities. Of course, I will suggest or recommend songs at times. I also supply relevant exercises and music theory to accelerate the learning process.
I differentiate between concepts and skills, while stressing the importance of mastering both. As important as it is to understand the intervolic relationships in something like the major scale, this knowledge does little for the pianist if she or he cannot pick out the notes to the different scales in real time. In observing that each person demonstrates unique learning patterns and abilities, I have learned that some people will come to understand the conceptual through mastery of memorized tasks while some will succeed with technical mastery only after achieving some conceptual understanding.
Having first begun singing at 22 years old, I know first hand that it’s never to late to start singing. Having some experience in school but not fully as a professional till in my 20′s, I have learned from some of the top professionals in the South Florida area. My first vocal lessons was with Gloria Estefan’s back up singer Jon Secada. Jon has his first hit “Just Another Day” that stayed at #1 for several weeks. His one lesson really helped me use singing in my gigging around town. From that time on, I have used this technique for all my students. focusing on JUST BREATHING, has helped many of my students.
Teaching Sound Recording
Working in the early 1980s with recorded music and computers, I was introduced to the new wave of recording at its birth. At Miami Dade Community College, I taught and assisted students in Composition, Sound Development, and Sound Recording using Mac computers and PC’s. As of this day, I personally teach recording in Logic Pro, Bias Peak and Mastering using Waves plug ins and having finished products in Mp4 format and or CD’s.
I have a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from Appalachian State. I taught band in Rowan County for 31 years. I also have experience in college and University Teaching. I've also performed trumpet for many years including Solo work, Brass Quintet performance. I played with the Salisbury Symphony for many years.
Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory
I have been playing piano for about fifteen years, and studied music at Montreat College for four years. I am currently working to finish the final requirements of a Bachelor’s in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance. I work at McDonald’s, but that’s just to pay the bills. My wife and I live in east Asheville, and had a baby on June 1st! I love to teach, and I love music. My passion is to share the gift of music with those who want to receive it, in order to keep the beauty of this gift alive.
The study of music can be very beneficial. It can enrich your life by providing an outlet for personal expression, increasing self-esteem, and exercising your brain in ways it is not used to. With time, musical studies can even increase your IQ and ability to multi-task. For children and youth, musical activity can help to increase grades in other classes. One can reach a broader perspective of the world in which we live, and see the cultural significance of music throughout the centuries. Specifically, learning to play the piano is an important step towards becoming a skillful musician. The principles that you will use no matter what instrument or musical style you decide to play are easy to learn, because you have all of the notes right in front of you on the keyboard!
No previous experience or musical knowledge is necessary. I will assign appropriate repertoire according to the skill level of the student. Basic books (Lesson book, Theory book, Performance book, and At-Home book) will be provided at the expense of the student/parent/guardian, and any extra repertoire will be provided by me. I will primarily be using Alfred’s Premier Piano Course as a core curriculum for younger students, and Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One course for adults. If the student has a preference for a different set of method books, I will be flexible.
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice
My name is Michael Benitez. I graduated from the SC School of the Arts at Anderson University with a B. A. in Music. Now, I am working as a music minister at Grove Stone Baptist Church in Black Mountain, NC. In college, I was the bass section leader for a choir that performed with Kenny Rogers as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, that premiered a Johnny Mann original composition, and that sang on an international choral tour to Peru.
Along with choral works, I have also been highly active in theater. I have been in seven community theater productions, two college musicals, one college music revue, one operetta, and many other college music productions.
I have taught private voice lessons for the past few years, and during that time I have learned something. My job as a teacher is not just to teach basic techniques, but rather to inspire students through my teaching to want to learn how to sing. Therefore, I take care in making lessons both educational and fun.
I teach a variety of different lesson types, and I try to make each lesson match the student. I want to make sure you enjoy coming in for lessons and trying new things. I hope to sing with you soon!
**Note** Until the close to the end of November, my hours are less than normal. However, if you need hours during the day. Please let me know. After November, my availability will increase to regular daytime hours.
Piano, Music Theory
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