- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4 to 18 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- July 2007
***Prospective students, please note: My availability is very limited as I have a full studio of students! Please check my availability calendar before signing up for lessons. Thanks!***
My first priority is instilling a love for the arts into any student I teach. No matter what the skill level is, I want my students to love music and learning. I believe in setting the students up for success while also challenging them to be their best.
My experience as a classroom teacher is useful in helping me understand different types of students and cater to their individual needs and learning styles. I have experience teaching both private piano and voice, as well as experience in putting together recitals and stage shows. I have a degree in music from the University of Central Florida, which has allowed me to receive diverse types of musical education as well as hands-on experience in teaching methods.
A student of mine will not only learn techniques specific to their instrument, but also a more broad range of music theory and performance knowledge which will apply to any other musical endeavor they may wish to pursue.
*** Lesson Details ***
I offer a relaxed environment where students will be given new challenges and information without feeling pressured or stressed out. I want to make learning fun while also giving them a firm grasp on the techniques and practices. I use a variety of music books and series such as Piano Adventures, but I also like to find out what type of music the student is interested in playing and cater the curriculum to their needs.
After the first set of piano lessons, most of my students will know the basics of reading music/music theory and basic practice techniques. After a few months, they will be able to read and play a piece of music on their own. Depending on the level of skill and hard work, students can progress quickly and they will love showing off their new skills to their friends and families.
In voice lessons, students have an opportunity to focus on their personal goals while being guided toward healthy singing habits and optimal tone. Students can work with me to choose their own repertoire, and we use primarily karaoke tracks so that I can focus on the vocals and pinpoint problematic areas.
Performance opportunities and recitals are given at least semi-annually, so that students can be given a chance to show off their new skills! Our annual formal recital is also a benefit to raise money for various children's charities. We also have a studio channel where student performances are posted regularly!
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a keyboard if necessary for the first lesson, but all piano students will be expected to own their own keyboard or piano within the first month of lessons. I buy method books for students and expect reimbursement, but this is a minimal expense. I provide many pieces of sheet music, folders, and additional teaching materials free of charge.
*** Specialties ***
"Head voice" singing for children, sight reading practices for piano, Broadway singing and performance, opera singing and performance
My dream job! Working with many students to develop their singing and piano-playing skills.
Worked for a few years as a classroom teacher for young children as well as 5th graders. Also did some substitute teaching in various settings. Lots of valuable experience with children of all types!
First time to take singing lesson, but we thought Monica was very nice instructor.
We've had one session with her so far but she seem to really relate to my daughter and had great tips for her. She was able to get my daughter to understand the importance of not just her voice but her overall body and how important that is with singing.+ Read More
me Monica is very nice and I see the way she Taylor's her lesson per child. Very nice teacher
Had a good first lesson. She's great at explaing techniques & what to focus on
Very helpful. Off to a great start1
My son just finished his 3rd piano lessons. He love learning from Ms. Monica.
She's his first piano teacher, so far this has been a good experience for him.
My kids love Ms Monica! She is wonderful with great patience with my boys.
Monica managed to make the lessons fun and interesting for my two kids. I enjoyed how reliable she was and it helped to make the lessons that much better.
Monica is fantastic!
Monica is very enthusiastic about both her students and the music. She has a way of making even the less exciting topics easy and fun for her students. She also tailors her lessons to the student's interests. We are very pleased with the progress our kids are making and are looking forward to another fun year with Miss Monica!+ Read More
Monica is a great instructor who really is gifted with children. She makes the experience fun and we highly recommend her to anyone looking to take lessons.
Great person and teacher. ;)
Monica is an absolutely excellent teacher. She is patient and not afraid to tackle vocal challenges. She is a very hard worker and strives to assist the student in achieving their goals.
I highly recommend her.
Best. Teacher. Ever.
I'm a college sophomore with absolutely no background in music. I decided I needed a hobby so I looked into TakeLessons, and I am extremely glad I did! Monica is an amazing teacher. She knows exactly what she is doing and can basically work with every situation. She is also so approachable and easy to talk to that the lessons are actually fun! I learned so much in just two months, it's unbelievable! I recommend it to anyone at any age to give lessons with Monica a try, I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed.
Great rapport with kids.
Monica works great with my daughter. She encourages a love for music. My daughter has made great progress in the time she has been working with Monica. She is a talented performer and singer, as well.