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Cello, Fiddle, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
I have been playing the violin since I was eight years old, and singing since I was nine. Beginning only as a hobby, I quickly became bored with my steady diet of classical music. Finally, I found the right teacher, and began learning alternative styles. She directed me to the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camps, where I studied with top violinists from every genre, including folk, jazz, rock, and many more. By the time I reached high school, I couldn't imagine what else I would do with my life. I auditioned for and was accepted into various city youth orchestras, honors orchestras, and county orchestras. I also continued to sing, and auditioned for and was accepted into various honors choirs, including city youth choirs and All-State Choir. While studying classical styles with Juilliard graduates, I also continued with my alternative styles, performing as a guest artist with Grammy Award winning rock violinist Mark Wood and the world famous folk group, "Barrage."
I went to college for Music Education at West Chester University, continuing to be active in the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as choirs and opera productions. While in college, I also studied the cello, viola, bass, and other instruments. After four years, I successfully completed my student teaching assignments and obtained my Bachelors in Music and Teaching Certification.
Today, I teach fifth and sixth grade orchestra in a North Carolina Middle School. I believe music, just like life, is boring without variety. That's why I not only perform a variety of styles, but I teach a variety of styles as well.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are carefully planned and detailed towards the individual students' needs. As a former Music Education Major, it has been drilled into my head that I should always have a plan - and I always do! However, I have also been taught that deviation from the plan is sometimes necessary as well.
I am a laid back teacher who is strict when necessary. I lay out my expectations in the first lesson, and reinforce those expectations throughout each of the following lessons. I have goals for my students, but I also want to know their goals as well. I'm always looking for my students' input on what they would like to learn and in which areas they would like to improve. Rather than forcing my students in the direction I want, we work together to achieve common goals.
When teaching via Skype, my communication is clear and concise. For younger students, I do require a parent to be present in case any hands-on adjustment of the instrument is required. I utilize my camera so that everything I am trying to convey is visible from all angles, and so students can clearly see what I am talking about.
Classical music is still an important part of my curriculum; it is the genre from which all other music has stemmed. If my student is not interested in classical music, we will learn other styles in addition to classical styles so that my students will not become bored. I also supplement my lessons with music history in order to teach the context behind the pieces.
In addition to practicing, my students are given music theory homework, listening activities, singing exercises, and music history research. This additional work is meant to create a well-rounded musician. It should never take more than 10-15 minutes to complete these assignments; I don't want to overwork my students.
As a whole, my lessons are interesting, well-rounded, and well-planned.
*** Studio Equipment ***
At the moment, I am unfortunately unable to teach from my home.
*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to a student's home, I expect my students to have their own instrument, music stand, method book or music, pencil, tuner, and metronome. I will bring an extra pencil, tuner, and metronome. However, since these are all tools that a student will need at home to practice, I expect my students to have them. If there are financial difficulties, I will discuss them with my students' parents.
Skype students MUST request me as a contact BEFORE their lesson so we don't waste the first lesson time trying to find each other on Skype. If my on line students are unsure how to use Skype, please let me know so I can help you! Skype students should have the same materials on hand as those students to whom I travel for lessons. I will email any worksheets or recordings necessary for practice. Since I will not be there to provide extra materials if a student does not have them on hand, it is imperative that my Skype students are always prepared.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and baroque, as well as rock, Celtic fiddle, and other alternative styles.
Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
I am not only a Grammy winning musician with over 15 years of touring and recording experience, but also a classically trained performer and instructor. I teach various instruments covering all styles and levels and believe in making your learning experience fun and interesting.
Music and the adventure in learning music has been my life's greatest experience. As I travel on that journey, the greatest thing is being an instructor and having the opportunity of taking my students along and sharing the gift of music and feeling the joy of discovery as we play, perform, compose and whatever other elements of music that come before us as we advance towards our goals.
I invite you to hop on board, buckle up and get ready for one of the greatest rides life has to offer.
*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy with regards to teaching and sharing my experience with students, is firstly to create an environment where learning is fun. This serves to keep a student interested and motivated to learn.
How I do this is to allow the student to choose the music they are interested in, then for myself to provide them with the tools necessary to learn and perform their music. These tools include the theoretical and practical information, knowledge and technique needed to play the songs, then recording and performing these songs and learning by listening back as well as practicing to backing cd's.
I have over the years been fortunate enough to learn several instruments and not only perform and record them but also work them into my teaching program. I teach voice to beginners and intermediate students. With a focus on correct breathing and projection techniques, then we utilize professional backing tracks for practice and recording.
*** Studio Equipment ***
#1) Music studio room w/ f/w electronic piano, pa system, electronic drums, and seating for parents
#2) Same as above
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own instruments to practice.
*** Specialties ***
My official training is in the Segovia technique of classical guitar, but I have performed and taught varied genres from folk to country, rock and pop. Jazz and Latin are included in my repertoire, and I also have experience in gospel and contemporary Christian music. I won a South African Grammy in 1992 while performing with the group Jo Day.
Audition Prep, Bagpipes, Flugelhorn, Music Performance, Trumpet
Christopher has been teaching privately for the past 5 years. In that time frame, he has taught dozens of students on both trumpet and bagpipes. He is currently teaching out of his home studio in Fayetteville, NC. He has taught students of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to adults. Christopher believes that everyone deserves to know the joys of music and is capable of achieving musical satisfaction in their playing. His teaching includes a combination of fundamentals, theory, and standard repertoire to give his students a complete knowledge of how to be a great musician. Christopher also gives seminars and clinics on brass playing and continuing music after high school/college.
Christopher takes the time to learn the goals of each of his students, and creates a customized plan to help them achieve those goals. Through this customizable, methodical approach, students are taught technique, tone, performance practice, professionalism, theory, music appreciation, and how to succeed in today's musical landscape.
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