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What will music lessons do for you?
Problem solving and Memorization:
My students learn problem solving skills that they need to help them practice their instruments efficiently. Music helps students develop more areas of their brains and increases the capacity for better memory and problem solving. The skills they learn in their lessons can be applied to how they study for school and aid in memorization techniques. Music can also be similar to solving puzzles and putting it all together.
Can't read music yet?
Skills learned: I teach students how to read music and music theory as they learn their instruments.
Students learn how to perform for audiences and play for their own enjoyment. They learn how to work with other musicians and learn about stage presence for performances.
Not sure what music you or your child like?
I find the music that creates passion and interest in my students, so that they want to practice. Sometimes the students don't know what type of music they like, so I expose them to a variety of music until we find what they enjoy playing.
Sharing Music with Others:
I throw 2 or more student recitals a year. Participation is optional and intended to be a learning experience and a chance to share music with others.
Music as a Social Outlet:
I encourage my students to participate in local youth orchestras and their school orchestras. One youth orchestra that I send students to goes to Italy every summer to perform at the Vatican.
I prepare students for their orchestra auditions and help them with orchestra music.
Special Methods I use:
I teach the Suzuki method and follow the technique used by Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian (former Julliard School of Music violin teachers).
I have been teaching music for over 13 years in private lessons and at Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools.
In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where I also studied conducting, music theory & history, and piano.
I studied teaching music in college, via other teachers, and went to a 12 week teaching seminar called, "In Search of: A Guide to Violin Excellence" where teachers talked about how to teach students to practice and learn skills that will help them jump levels in technique.
I studied the violin privately for 19 years with violin teachers from the Julliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I also attended music camps like the Montecito Music Festival and Musishare's former Chamber Music Festival of 2004.
I studied the piano privately for 4 years then studied piano courses in college to take the piano proficiency exam that was required for my music degree.
I perform frequently with the Montage Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and Symphony Irvine as Assistant Principal Violist.
Performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band.
Concerto competition winner in 2004 and performed Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.
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Violin and Viola Method Books I use:
Suzuki Method books 1-10 for Violin and 1-8 for Viola. I use the book called "Notespeller" to help students learn to read music. I also use Craig Duncan's "First Lessons" books as an alternative to the Suzuki Method. For young children, I use the Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Violin because it has pictures and lyrics to go with the songs. It introduces a new note, string, or technique gradually and has large notes for the students to read. Solo Works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Kabalevsky, Weiniawksi, Vivaldi, Bartok, Bach etc. Scales and etudes by Flesch, Kreutzer, Fioriollo, Paganini, Gavines, Dont, Wolhfahrt, Whistler.
Piano: Faber & Faber Piano books and Bastien's "Scales, Chords, and Arpeggio" books. I also teach using collection books with Disney music, pop songs, and classical music. I also use "Kaleidoscope Solos" by John George for beginning adults and older children. I also use Burgmuller and Hanon Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises and books by Bastien.
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Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. (See my pictures to view the picture of my studio).
*Beginning to Advanced Violin and Viola.
*Beginning to Intermediate Piano.
*Beginning to College Course Level Music Theory Lessons
*Music Styles: I teach classical, baroque, 20th century, pop music, movie music, bluegrass, Irish Fiddle, Scottish fiddle, and rock songs.
My musical education began while sitting on my mother's lap as she taught piano lessons. I began studying cello with a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic at age 9, and at age ten, I followed in my mother's footsteps to play the flute. I played all three instruments, (piano, cello and flute) until high school when it was became clear to me that I wanted to be an orchestra teacher. With this dream in mind, I began playing the violin as well.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1989 and again in 1999 with a Master's degree.
As a youngster, I was the youngest member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas City Cello Choir performing with these two groups for eight years. I was chosen from applicants nation wide, to perform in Carnegie Hall and travel Europe with "America's Youth in Concert" and I was a three time All-Stater.
While attending Drake University, I played in the Drake University Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, and I was the winner of the Young Artist Competition awarding me the honor as featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 I began playing with the Encore String Trio. This trio plays on a regular basis for weddings and receptions.
I currently play cello in the Encore String Trio, and viola in the Long Beach Community Orchestra.
My teaching experience includes nearly 30 years of private teaching. I've had the pleasure of teaching all areas of music; elementary general music, band, choir and orchestra. During my 20 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools, I implemented many innovative opportunities for my students such as children's concert which drew more than 700 people in attendance, strolling strings, cello choir and a viola choir, all of which proved to be very motivational for the students. My goal of teaching is to make music fun for all.
I believe music should be fun. I provide you with several playing opportunities throughout the year, ranging from solo to group playing. I provide large group playing opportunities at Christmas and at the recitals. Every group playing opportunity is accompanied with food and games for all. This studio is FUN!
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Whether you are studying for recitals, competitions, a music career or just for fun, you can expect equal attention to technique and musicianship in your lessons.
Lessons will be tailored to each students needs which may include flash cards, supplemental materials, ear training, sight reading, technical studies, scales, and solo work.
You are never to old to learn to play an instrument. Over half of my students are adult beginners. Because of this, I provide group playing opportunities and I organize a solo ensemble contest for my students. This gives opportunities to the adult beginners that they missed out on as a child. You will have a lesson by yourself, monthly mini recitals in my studio, and you will have the opportunity to play orchestra music as a group all right here in my studio. You are guaranteed to learn how to play your instrument, have fun and gain great friendships here in this studio. I'm looking forward to introducing you to our studio family.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers studio is in a large room with multiple windows for natural light. The room includes instruments and stands in the middle of the room.
*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method books. I am a classical player and I teach classical music.
I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and most recently, the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.
I have played in trios, quartets, as a soloist, and many orchestral ensembles playing major concertos, symphonies, and musicals. Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as a musician to enter the United States.
Since then I have lead the LADSO viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.
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I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.
I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
Nicolette has a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology, and a background in both classical violin and bluegrass fiddling. She has taught privately, in camps and schools for over five years, with students of all ages and levels. Nicolette also writes and arranges her own music both for her band, Alto, and other ensembles. In her lessons she encourages ear training, sight reading, and improvisation, to help her students become the most well-rounded musicians they can be! Whether you need basic violin training, help with songwriting, or want to learn to fiddle, Nicolette has the experience and methods to help.
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In lessons you or your child will learn basic classical violin technique side by side with American folk styles including bluegrass fiddling. Important lessons include proper left hand positioning, proper bow grip, and good posture. Selected repertoire includes pieces from the early Suzuki levels, as well as exercises and etudes from Schradieck, Hrimaly, and Kreutzer. Students will also learn tunes from the traditional old-time and bluegrass canon, to improve musicality and introduce basic improvisation techniques.
After twenty years of violin and viola performance under the tutelage of instructors from the LA Opera, the Juilliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory, as well as lifelong piano studies, I've come to see that music education is in itself a real art.
I began tutoring (and now teaching) in 2005, teaching my first music students in 2008. I see that success in an instrument lies in tapping into students' passions for motivation and incorporating mindfulness practice for improved concentration. I not only work to help students' musical abilities grow - I utilize this practice as a holistic system for improving discipline, creative capacity and self-esteem.
Though I graduated cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service rather than a music conservatory, I lead a professional chamber music group in the DC area and developed a strong familiarity with the temperaments of successful musicians and tricks to grow quickly. As an instructor in language and ethics in Los Angeles, I have worked with many different age groups and have a natural talent for motivating students' best work.
Piano: As my native instrument, I teach piano as a gateway to understanding universal fundamentals in music. Music literacy includes theory, history, aural skills, technical skills, mindfulness, and learning strategies. I am particularly skilled working with students with learning disabilities and utilize a multimedia approach to match students' learning styles. Don't be surprise to see me whip out play dough, drums, markers, and other underrated tools to tap into students' learning potentials (adults too!)
Violin: There is nothing like studying violin to learn how to refine our use of the body from posture to self-expression. But let's face it -- violin is a difficult instrument! Like my piano lessons, I use a variety of skills and approaches from my research that set me apart from mainstream violin pedagogy. I enjoy incorporating my martial arts training into my approach to strengthen the mind-body balance and empower students towards self-learning.
Viola: I have been fortunate to receive top training in viola from artists internationally and understand that the viola is not to be lumped in with the violin! Unlike many teachers who teach both violin and viola, I understand the history, repertoire, culture and unique voice of this instrument. I most enjoy working with young violists, who are learning to find their way around this unique form of artist expression.
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Lessons begin with a mindfulness activity and discussion, checking in with the student's attitudes towards practicing and their preferences in study. I utilize the Suzuki books and Alfred Music, combined with educational techniques developed by the great pianists and violinists of the past like Sergei Rachmaninov, Yehudi Menuhin, and William Primrose. We spend a short period dedicating to listening and improving theory, and then move forward into repertoire with the input of the student.
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Beginners (Up to 1 year of study)
Intermediate (1-4 years study)
Advanced (4+ years of study)
Adrianne P. received her Bachelors of Music from the Boston Conservatory and recently graduated from the University of Michigan with Masters of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music. Her primary teachers include Andrew Jennings of the Concord String Quartet, Yehonatan Berick of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and Sharan Leventhal of the Gramercy Trio.
As a musician who strives to promote the music of living composers, Adrianne has premiered many works and has had the privilege to work closely with composers including Stephen Rush, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Yehudi Wyner, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, Chester Biscardi, and David Lang. Her love of new works has sparked her enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration. Composers have used her poetry in new works, and she combines dance and music in original compositions.
She is an active chamber musician, and a founding member of the Bricolage Quartet, formerly the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet. In 2011, she received an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Norfolk New Music Workshop through Yale University. She has premiered new works with the JACK Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, and the International Contemporary Ensemble at New Music on the Point through a generous grant from the Williamson Foundation. She has also attended the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, where she had the opportunity to play groundbreaking music next to innovative works of art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Adrianne is a passionate teacher, fluent in English and Spanish, who loves to teach all ages in a wide variety of musical styles. In addition to classical music, she incorporates fiddling, movement, improvisation, and composition into her lessons. She recognizes her students' individual aspirations and her goal as a teacher is to give her students the ability to enhance their lives through music.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."