Bonnie M.

Bonnie M.

5 Reviews
Portland, OR

About Bonnie M.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


Students take music lessons for a variety of reasons - professional aspirations, fun and larks, a desire to sing or read music better, a need to improve speaking voice or confidence, a hope to play that piano that's been sitting in the house for years - and these each come with a different level of commitment. I want all my students to enjoy their lessons and their practice time while gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of music and the basics of their chosen instrument: voice, piano, or flute. If you hear a song on the radio you want to learn, note it and bring it in to your next lesson. We'll talk about it and make a plan for learning about the song, and then learning to play the song.

Bachelor's of Music Degree, Willamette University, Salem, OR 2008
Private Music Teacher since 2006
Member of National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Member of Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA)

*** Lesson Details ***
All students will learn the basics of:

If you take weekly lessons and practice in between, you will find that you've:
*developed your repertoire
*increased your vocal range or technical skills
We can also focus our time on other subjects as necessary or as interesting to you.

Lessons begin with a warm-up and technical exercises (don't worry, they're fun!) and a review of the previous week's assignments and practice results or struggles. Then comes the exciting part: rehearsing the musical selections we've chosen for you to work on! Voice students are expected to rehearse 2-3 pieces of music in a minimum of 2 languages (English and one additional) while Piano and Flute students will work through method books and then branch out into their repertoire. As instrumental works are typically longer, these students usually study one piece of music at a time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is in a separate out building easily accessible from the street. There is one room with soundproofing and basic recording equipment. The studio is equipped with a piano, music stand, and a variety of music books. There is outside, covered seating for parents. Parking is free and easy to find on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For lessons at my studio, I provide a piano and music stand. For lessons at a student home, students must provide a piano or keyboard though I can provide a music stand. All students are expected to purchase 1-3 books of music, depending on their instrument of study, and one sheet music binder. All students are to bring a pencil with working eraser and a water bottle to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Beginners are my forte! Whether you are looking for a teacher for your child or yourself, my lessons break down the complex art of music into easily-comprehended segments. At the end of each lesson, you will know what to focus on during practice sessions, leading to a successful week of study. Questions encouraged during lessons, and if a question comes up during practice I can be reached by email, too!

Want an idea of what you'll be studying? Take a look at some of the lesson books I use:
For piano, I highly recommend the Alfred's Basic library. With its combination of theory, aural skills, and technical exercises it has broad applications to all student ages and abilities. For young students, Alfred's Basic offers fun examples and alliterations which appeal to and capture the attention of children. Adults will find Alfred's All-In-One moves at a pace appropriate for higher-level thinkers while getting those fingers coordinated at the same time.
The primary focus for voice students is learning how to utilize the breath and train the ear to produce beautiful, balanced tone. A variety of books (many in the Schirmer or Hal Leonard series) are used to provide musical selections which challenge the student in rhythm, phrase, breath, and pronunciation. I require all voice students to sing in English and one other language, while experienced students will study and perform in many languages. Voice students are highly recommended to take piano lessons as well or to have a previous piano background in order to accompany themselves in practice and develop further theory skills.

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Performed by Bonnie Monk, this reflective meditation is accompanied by pictures of the beautiful Oregon Coast taken by Bonnie Monk.

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