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Acting, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet
I have been involved in music all of my life. As a child I played trumpet in band and sang in school and church choirs. My favorite movies were musicals and they still are my favorite. Music was my major in college, which included singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. I like all types of music. As a school teacher, I taught 3rd. grade through high school, everything from band and choir to musical theater. I also taught private students, of all ages, piano, guitar, voice and most of the wind instruments.
*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to learn the basics of music theory, such as melody, harmony, key signature and rhythm. I want my students to have fun by learning the kind of music they like best while learning to appreciate the kind of music that will develop their musical skills. Piano books like John Schaum and guitar books like Mel Bay's Guitar Method are good books to learn to read music and learn the proper way to play your instrument. Scale exercises are important for instrumental, as well as, vocal students. I use a practice log and CD-DVD recordings of my students so they can see and hear their progress. At the end of 6 months I want my students to play their favorite songs in 3 different keys. C, G and F Major.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room: Two keyboards, guitars, sound equipment, PA system, computers, seating for parents (he encourages it!)
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their own inst. I have one of every inst. to demo. except piano and guitar which I have 2 of each.
*** Specialties ***
Open-minded to all music. I specialize in performance. I help my students with their look, as well as, their sound. I know how to bring out the best in my students.
Ableton, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Trumpet
Miles began playing piano at the age of 7, then took up trumpet and singing shortly thereafter. He has performed with numerous musical groups in Sonoma County and around the country, at venues including the Wells Fargo Center, the Green Music Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Miles has appeared on multiple albums, including Orjazzmic's self-titled debut. Currently, he is composing the score for the upcoming internet-television series Cupid's Conundrum. He is also actively teaching piano, voice, music theory/composition, and ear training at Prune Farm Studio in Sebastopol and around the Sonoma County area.
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I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place.
There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve: Musicality, Technique, and Repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas.
While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love!
I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, lessons are much more of a dialogue than a lecture. The more active you are in this dialogue, the more you will get out of your lessons.
The first lesson is primarily spent discussing your musical goals and getting a feel for your current level of experience. By the end of the first lesson, you will have a few songs and/or exercises to practice. After your first lesson, I will prepare material based on your personal strengths and weaknesses. And if you specify some songs that you would like to learn, I will transcribe them and be ready to help you learn them at your next lesson!
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Blues, Latin, Funk, Sou/R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Electronic
Music Theory, Composition, Ear Training
Audition Prep, Ear Training, Flugelhorn, Music Theory, Trumpet
I have been teaching private lessons for over 30 years. I work with students on the mechanics of trumpet playing which lead to the ability to execute solid fundamentals consistently. This allows my students to function in a variety of musical settings with a secure foundation. Any player can improve if they apply a well-considered approach to material appropriate for their current level of development. My strength as a teacher (and player) lies in my versatility, patience, and persistence (as well as my sense of humor and ability to connect with students and players as human beings). Ear training and music theory are taught as an integrated support for trumpet performance. Audition preparation rests on the work that has occurred during lessons which is supported by consistent, daily practice.