I currently teach lessons exclusively online using the online takelessons platform or Zoom. I do not travel for in home lessons. I am very passionate about music and believe it can serve as a gateway for many areas in life. It provides and assists with growth in many areas including: structure, motivation, creativity, communication, endurance, focus, and so much more! Learning an instrument is a priceless investment and is something that stays with you for life. QUALIFICATIONS: MUSIC AND EDUCATION: I am a board certified music therapist, certified play therapist, and mental health counselor. Music has always been a part of my life and teaching music is something I've consistently enjoyed. I have been musically involved my whole life, gaining experience from many avenues including band, private lessons, choirs, and musical gigs. I taught music theory and ear training at an after school music and arts business for 1.5 years and have been leading flute sectionals and teaching privately since 2015. In this time I've worked with a variety of students ranging from 4 to 60 years old. As a music therapist I am required to be proficient on my main instrument (flute) plus on guitar and piano. I am also required as a music therapist and mental health counselor to be proficient in the creation and implementation of goals and objectives, people skills, and to have an empathetic, understanding, and positive approach in all I do. I believe these skills contribute greatly to the effectiveness of my teaching. I am also qualified and willing to teach adaptive lessons for students with all types of disabilities. This includes mental and physical. PSYCHOLOGY: I currently hold my MA in Mental Health Counseling and have been a mental health counselor since January 2020. Prior to this I have worked in a variety of mental health settings including in home, in office, schools, and behavioral hospitals. TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Education experience: I taught music theory for 1.5 years and have been teaching private music lessons since 2015. I have been a certified substitute teacher in Volusia county Florida for elementary through high school and have taught flute sectionals at local middle schools and high schools. I have also been a teachers aide in two kindergarten classrooms. This job required me to teach students individually and in small groups. I also provided music groups with the kindergarteners once a week. Prior to this I was a regular dividend in a kindergarten classroom and have volunteered often in an elementary art classroom. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: My teaching style is organized yet laid-back. I am flexible, open, and positive in my approach. I am understanding of your busy schedules but do emphasize the importance of consistent weekly lessons if you decide to make the commitment. I have access to lesson books/textbooks and can make suggestions for you based on your needs and desires. If you are a beginning piano student you will need to purchase your own book. (It's about $6.00 on Amazon.) Our first lessons will be based around assessing your strengths and weaknesses. From there I will create a schedule customized to your specific needs. Your input is important to me as I am always willing to be flexible based on your personal needs and preferences. Learning music is FUN so I will make sure you are enjoying the lessons as well as getting the most out of them that you can! PRICING INFO: Flute, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons are $25/30 minutes. This is a set price. I do not haggle. I do provide sibling discounts upon request!
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2015
MA- Mental Health Counseling
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
I'm currently taking weekly lessons from Lela. It's been great fun and shockingly productive. I'm learning to play, which makes me so happy, because when I first got my ukulele, I tried two other (local Seattle) teachers a couple of years ago but with both of them I quit in frustration after the first few lessons and then gave up even trying to play the ukulele. I'm so glad I tried again. I'm 57 years old, with a musical background, but I needed to find a teacher like Lela, who works with me at my own pace, with patience, and makes the lessons fun and rewarding. She's one of the best music teachers I've ever had, and I highly recommend her to students of any age.
Great with my daughters!
I had virtually no musical ability or experience prior to my online lessons with Lela, however she has brought the joy out of finding a new musical part of my life. While I am no Carlos Santana, I'm enjoying slowly improving with Lela's guidance and look forward to daily practice.