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Bass Guitar, Drum, Music Recording, Piano
As the son of a professional pianist from New Orleans, I was born and raised in a musical household. I began playing drums at age 6 and gradually began writing my own music on piano and guitar. I studied Jazz Performance at VCU, where I earned a B.A. in Jazz Drum Set & Piano Performance. After college, I spent 7 years performing, recording and touring in Austin, TX. In 2007 I started taking private music students and began teaching other subjects in public & private schools. My wife and I moved to Durham in 2011.
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I like to let the student guide the lesson. Tell me where you are and where you'd like to be, and I'll offer my unique experience to help set long-term goals. Over the course of our lessons we will break those long-term goals down into achievable short-term goals and create your musical path forward. Every student is different, and I never teach the same lesson twice. I strive to inspire and support my students to develop a lifelong relationship with the music they love.
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Dedicated Music Room: amps, guitars, drum set, keyboards, music stands, music library. Parents can sit in on lesson.
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My degree in Music Performance helps me teach a wide variety of styles, including rock, blues, funk, country, classical, jazz, bluegrass and pop. My specialties include working with young students (age 4+) as well as adult beginners (I've had students in their 70's and 80's).
Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin
Violist Maria F. V. began her music studies at the Carabobo Music Conservatory where she played in the Infantile & Youth Orchestras, and in the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra. She then transcended her studies to the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory and into the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She has performed with different other orchestras such Venezuela Youth National Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Peru National Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and Latin-American Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Eduardo Salazar, Joshua Dos Santos, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.
She holds a BM Performance degree from University of Kentucky, and a MM Performance degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked as Teacher Assistant under Scott Rawls. She has attended several music festivals within the United States and Internationally such as: Cincinnati Conservatory Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Viola Workshop, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Center in Canada, Parma Conservatory-Italy, Musica en Compostela in Spain, and many others. Back at home in Venezuela she is considered founder of el Sistema√Ę¬¬Ä¬¬ôs Carabobo Music Conservatory. Her Major teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Margaret Karp, John Graham, and Scott Rawls.
As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.
Apart from the academic outcomes the student will obtain at lessons, my intentions as a teacher and artist is to incorporate and welcome the student in the fantastic music world and literature. One of the many purposes of music is the idea of the student developing a sense of responsibility along with following tasks in a didactic and dynamic manner. I love bringing and promoting the idea and the philosophy of enthusing and inculcating a leadership position of the student in the family, and building most importantly a harmonic and artistic environment among their relatives and into their homes. I love to program and propose little student recitals in where the student will have the opportunity in performing the pieces worked throughout the teaching sessions in a little concert for their friends and family. Every student loves the fun in which they get from these opportunities and from their performance experiences. I do believe that the learning and instruction of music is an important influential factor in participating and in the development of many other abilities and skills; in the expansion and promotion of creativity, the adoption of a more discipline attitude for other arts, it helps to easier approach other academic courses, and to focus on developing the tools and creativity to participate at their schools and anywhere else.
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About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would also incorporate a new student to my studio-transfer students-, who would have used other materials and methods with his/her previous instructor. In this case I would continue using his/her methods to examine the level and content learned and practiced. Then, it is in later lessons where we might establish and suggest other good methods and books to which the student might be ready to switch or scale up to.
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Books, Stands, Metronomes, Chairs, Tuning & repair equipment, and more.
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Viola, Violin. Chamber, private, solo, & orchestra.
Basic Math, Drum, Elementary Math, Math, Percussion, Reading, Ukulele, Xylophone
My name is Alli and I am a recent graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in child development and family studies education as well as a degree in psychology. While my education program focused on birth to kindergarten education, I am a fully licensed teacher from birth to 6th grade. I am currently working at The Little School at Duke as a preschool teacher in a 3-year-old classroom, but I'd also like to supplement this job by working with children in any way that I can!
I have 8 years of experience with single-handedly teaching music to 100 kids per summer, ages 3 - 12, every summer at my local church. Even though it's not a paid position, I always find myself coming back because I love interacting with all the children. It's a really rewarding experience seeing how far they come at the musical performance at the end of the camp! I've also babysat for a family of 3 (ages 7 - 13 and one of which has special needs) for 4 years and tutored various middle school and elementary school students in all subjects for 4 years.
This year was my second year working at the Carolina Friends School Summer program teaching camps for children ranging from 5-13 years old. This year I singlehandedly created and led a ukulele camp, teaching 6-8-year-olds how to play ukulele and it was a great success! I have recently been giving private ukulele lessons to children and would love to add more ukulele lessons to my schedule if that's something your children are interested in as well!
I've been playing ukulele for the past three years as a member in The Carolina Ukulele Ensemble at UNC Chapel Hill and I've been a member of the advanced ensemble since I helped create it in the fall of 2013.
I've also been playing the drums for fourteen years. I started taking drumset lessons when I was eight and have played in several bands (one of which was a contemporary worship service band that played weekly for four years). I also participated in concert bands for nine years playing percussion. I was on Northport High School's drumline my four years of high school playing marching bells and I played the fourth bass drum on UNC Chapel Hill's drumline for three years.
I love children, interacting with them and helping them, which is why even after working as a preschool teacher full time, I'd still like to be able to find work babysitting, tutoring or giving music lessons to children. I am very responsible, caring, reliable and lots of fun, so your children would be in great hands!
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