My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play and teach many different instruments such as the Trumpet, French horn, Saxophone, Mandolin, Guitar, Clarinet, Voice and Piano.
I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with 2 degrees in music, Music Education and Music Performance on French horn. I am currently attending UCLA for my masters in Music Performance on French horn.
When I first began teaching, I taught at an elementary school for 3 years as a brass coach for a Montessori Academy. This is where I feel in love with teaching. I have been teaching privately for 12 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students.
I have worked for many great organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and California Philharmonic.
I currently am a freelance musician. I perform regularly with two different orchestras and am in a Brass Ensemble called the Vine Street Brass and a horn ensemble called the Thursday Horn Club. I have performed in such wonderful venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera house, in which I was able to premier a piece!
I look forward to working with you or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!
*** Lesson Details ***
When I teach lessons, I like to go at the pace of the student. I am very patient but I expect the student to practice during the week. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically. I use a lot of different books like Teaching little fingers to Play and Standard of Excellence.
For Adults, I like the Big Beginners Piano book which has easy classical pieces to play!
I teach from the rudimentary skills and build on the fundamentals of music. After 3 or 6 months, my students feel accomplished with what they have learned and excited for the next 3 to 6 months!
I usually play my instruments with the students, but being a freelance musician, I may need to save my chops for a upcoming gig. Not always, but happens from time to time :)
*** Studio Equipment ***
practice space in home w/ seating for parents and music stand. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know! The cat and dog are always put away during the lesson time.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have one music stand. I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical genres of playing.
I have been privately teaching for 11 years now. I love to teach students how to master their instrument. I especially love to teach beginning students as it is so much fun to help them grow musically.
Degree in Music Performance on French horn
Degree in Music Education