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My students excel in everything they do because of the techniques we learn that incorporate skills to strengthen learning in subjects including: math, science, languages, reading, writing, creativity and many more life long skills. I challenge my students and encourage them to have fun most of all in pursuing their passions for music.
I am a professional clarinetist passionate about sharing the joy of music with others. I specialize in beginner to intermediate students of all ages. I teach students how to practice and why to practice in order to help them fall in love with the clarinet! Typical lessons involve scales, sight reading, and a piece that the student chooses. If you like having fun and learning about different kinds of music send me a message!
Clarinet lessons will be structured with a mix of assignments to help students improve their sound, technique, and musicality. Specific exercises and repertoire will be chosen based on the student's age and level. Students of any age are welcome to explore the clarinet in private lessons with me, whether they are preparing for specific auditions and performances, needing extra help for school, or just looking to have some fun!
After studying at Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University in MI, I have enjoyed teaching privately, in groups, and at churches, I have performed vocally and instrumentally throughout the US and in 8 foreign countries, and taught at public, charter, and private schools. It is important to tailor each lesson to a student's individual needs and ability to ensure that their experience is as rewarding as possible! *** Lesson Details *** You will learn to play with ease and proficiency while learning the Music Theory that supports your playing. You will also receive ear training, which will make learning more rapid, and more thorough. *** Studio Equipment *** Studio with pianos; parents can sit in on lessons. *** Travel Equipment *** When needed, I provide printed learning supplements or in e-mail. The student should have his/her own instrument, so they can practice regularly. *** Specialties *** Gospel, Classical, Pop, Inspirational, Sacred, Wedding, etcetera
Tired of being frustrated by the pace of self-teaching or is your child bored with the progress in school band class? Are you an adult who never played an instrument but are really interested in learning a wind instrument? Not able to express yourself creatively or don't really understand why your favorite songs or styles of music work? Do you want a more hands-on way of teaching with personalized plans just for you? Learn how to play the Clarinet with Michael! Michael teaches a variety of instruments and subjects in the woodwind family: - Saxophone - Clarinet - Flute - Improvisation - Music Theory - Jazz Studies Michael creates versatile and fun lesson plans that incorporate learning your favorite music while teaching theory, improvisation, note reading, songwriting, or any other interests! He has an easy-to-follow, fun, but yet structured and thorough plan designed for results to help the student reach their goals, rather than imposing an one-size-fits-all plan just from lesson books! Michael teaches anyone from kids to adults and seniors and encourages all students to be creative while really understanding the music they play. Michael incorporates classical and traditional music into lesson programs alongside modern styles to create diverse and interesting repertoire!
In lessons, I will teach students how to develop an embouchure and make sound, have proper technique, discuss equipment care, how to read music and develop note recognition, and ultimately, play music. The goal is to get my students playing with proper technique, so that this will carry on throughout their career and playing of the instrument. After getting some sounds out of the instrument and having decent technique, students will be assigned 1-2 songs to work on each lesson. It is the learning of music on one's own, that I believe, truly challenges the student to continue to apply information given in lessons.
My teaching philosophy is to empower students with the tools they need to become their own greatest mentor. I emphasize goal setting so that our work together has clarity of purpose. I believe in the power of carefully focused attention and intention in music-making. Let's push the limits of your playing to the next level together!
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Ariana is the best teacher My daughter has ever had. She bonded with Ariana, listened to all her instructions closely. Ariana helped her with auditions for advanced wind ensemble and district honor ba
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