Bonnie develops your ear by engaging your critical listening skills each time you play through a song. She engages your body by providing specific exercises to assist in making the best sound possible. Her lessons inspire you to prepare throughout the week and soar to a new level of knowledge during lessons. No matter your other goals for music lessons, her goal is to enable you to sing your soul through the medium of fingers flying over keys or voice lifted in melody.
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 includes basic recording equipment and is equipped with a piano, music stand, and a variety of music books. Parking is free and available on the street or in the driveway. Bonnie's home studio also has a cat in the home, so please alert her if you are allergic or need special accommodations.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Voice and piano students must provide a piano or keyboard. Voice and flute students should provide a music stand. Students' homes must have a quiet area for the lesson with hard-backed chairs and minimize distractions (TV sound, pets, siblings, etc). 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!
Regular lessons held during the school year cover basic information such as pitch, rhythm, breathing, confidence building, and composition. For some other ideas, check out the 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.
Providing group piano lessons at a Title 1 elementary school through the non-profit organization Piano Santa.
- Instructed students in voice, piano, flute, and general music
- Lead students toward becoming better musicians through the use of techniques and repertoire
- Bettered student understanding of music through theory application and relevant historical research
- Increased student confidence in self and instrument through performance and peer-review studio classes
- Substitute choir director
- Accompanied congregation on group hymns
- Offered solo voice, flute, piano, & percussion performanc
Served as young adult advocate for social justice working to address pernicious food insecurity in Appalachian region of
Alabama. Social justice position similar to AmeriCorps included Community Ministries Coordinator at Upper Sand Mountain
Parish, Sylvania, AL
- Organized and led children's Music Camp using Donkey Tales: A Tale of the Good Samaritan by Kathie Hill
- Wrote curriculum for and lead adults in summer Singing Classes
- Created lessons plans for and lead weekly classes in general music education for Flat Rock Elementary School, AL
- Directed seasonal productions such as Christmas and Easter Cantatas
- Planned and lead weekly rehearsals and performances of adult choir; lead congregation in weekly hymns
- Lead peers in volunteer service to the University, the Oregon Symphony, and area public schools
- Presided over chapter meetings, Executive Council, and initiation ceremonies
- Compiled various committees into cohesive framework to advance service through musicianship
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