- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- July 2004
I absolutely love music and teaching it to others! Having studied both clarinet and piano at the University of Georgia, I am patient and encouraging with both children and adults. I have taught piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone for several years and have children of my own; so I understand that each person is an individual and has different needs and strengths. I am also the Beginning Band Director with the Athens Area Homeschool Band and assist with solo festivals and auditions and have played with the Gwinnett Community Band. I enjoy teaching beginning students as well as more advanced students. It is such a huge joy to see a student grow in their understanding of music and gain the confidence that comes with it!
*** Lesson Details ***
Please note that weekly lessons are recommended for all students. Lessons typically last for a half hour, possibly longer for more advanced students or adults. Also, it is expected for all students to practice throughout the week, therefore it is essential that each student has an instrument before beginning lessons.
For my young beginning pianists, I use the Bastien method books which start with being able to identify the notes and keys on the piano and then move to reading music on the staff. I am very patient and encouraging with young students. My goal is for them to be able to identify the notes on the keyboard, find the correct hand position, and play a few simple songs within two to three months. After six months, they will be playing songs while reading notes on the staff. They may also participate in the Spring Recital and Christmas Recital. *Please note, that I expect all beginners to have a piano or keyboard to practice on before beginning lessons. (Please look under Studio Equipment to see details and suggestions.)
For my adult beginning pianists, I use a lesson series by Alfred which combines music theory with the lesson songs and exercises. At the beginning they jump right into reading music, and within three months, the student will be able to play some nice songs. After six months, basic chords will have been introduced and they will be able play more complicated songs.
For my more advanced piano students, I use the Faber lesson series. With all students, I include music theory in each lesson, but the Faber series goes into more depth. It also covers a variety of music genres, including ragtime, jazz and classical. Also, depending on the individual, I will begin to incorporate some classical pieces as soon as they are ready. I'm always open to knowing what a student likes and pursuing songs that they will enjoy playing, particularly as they become more accomplished!
With my clarinet and alto saxophone students, I focus on scales and arpeggios, help them with songs that they are working on in band, and provide supplemental exercises, duets, or solos for them to play. I also help prepare students for middle school and high school district and all-state auditions by working on the scales, etudes, and sight reading and encourage them to participate in the Spring Music Recital.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano, keyboard, clarinet, and alto saxophone that I use for teaching, but I expect my students to have their own instrument before beginning lessons. A keyboard is fine for beginning piano students; it is not necessary to have a piano. I will be happy to recommend models and brands of keyboards to new piano students. Keyboards need to have full size keys and be 'touch sensitive' or have the 'grand piano touch', meaning how hard you press the keys will determine how loud it will sound. Some Yamaha models I recommend are: PSR E333, PSR E423, YPG 235, and EZ 220.
*** Specialties ***
I use Bastien piano method books with my younger (early elementary) piano students, and prefer the Faber piano method series with my older piano students (upper elementary through high school) which includes a variety of songs, ear training, transposing, and more music theory. With advanced piano students, I primarily focus on a variety of Classical music in addition to songs that may be of interest to them. With my adult piano students, I use the Alfred adult series which contains popular and classical songs that they may be familiar with. Each method includes music theory. I prefer teaching piano from first grade and up through adults, but have taught some five year old students as well.
I am familiar with the "Essential Elements" and "Standard of Excellence" method series for both clarinet and saxophone. I teach beginning to advanced clarinet and beginning to intermediate alto saxophone. I am classically trained on the clarinet although I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of genres.
Teach beginners the fundamentals of rhythm, reading music, music theory, and playing their instrument. Assist with concerts and solo festival during the year.
Teach piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone out of my home studio. I teach each person based on their age and experience level and help prepare them for auditions and performances. I also have spring recitals and Christmas recitals once a year.
Taught piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone at Music & Arts. I also helped prepare students for auditions and performances and encouraged them to participate in recitals.
Taught piano out of my home studio. I taught each person based on their age and experience level and held spring recitals and Christmas recitals once a year.
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Lark is spectacular! She is very patient, kind, friendly, and professional. She is able to help any student on any skill level achieve their goals. Her extensive knowledge and passion for teaching shows through her approach to instruction.
Lark is an excellent teacher with a wonderful, gentle manner that puts the kids and ease and encourages them to do their best!
Lark has done a great job working with Jessekah, and we have seen a great improvement in her ability. If Jessekah ever gets bored with a style, Lark will adapt and work with her to find something that works for her.
Patient and Knowledgeable
Lark has turned out to be a good fit for my learning style. Trying to learn as an adult can be challenging and frustrating... And I am sure it can be a substantial test for the teacher as well. Lark has been very patient and understanding as well as very encouraging. Her lesson notes are extremely helpful as I prepare for each week's lesson. She knows her stuff and also knows how to create a good environment for the student. I am having a good experience indeed.
Flexible teaching style
Lark is extremely flexible with her teaching style. As a middle aged adult who has never read a note of music, I don't have a lot of patience with starting at the very beginning. I want to start playing songs I am interested in immediately. Lark manages to work this music into her lesson so that I keep my interest. I would recommend her to anyone who is just starting out.
She is an excellent teacher. My daughter has really learned alot from her.
She knows how to work with my daughter.She has all the talent that a good teacher should have.good experience with Mrs Lark.
Mother of Natalie, the new student
We are very happy with Lark, she knows how to motivate my daughter and make it a great learning experience and also fun. She seems to have a really good attitude and also the knowledge.Thank you Lark for the lessons we had and are looking forward to more to come!
Lark is a wonderful piano instructor. Her calm and patient spirit has really motivated my daughter to become excited about playing the piano again! My daughter says she always gives her positive feedback during lessons which is so important for young musicians. She loves practicing the pieces that Lark assigns and as a result, has quickly become much more skilled at reading music which in the past, had been difficult for her. Thanks Lark!
even though i just started my lesson only 3wks, i learned a lot. she did great job.
We are having a great experience so far. My daughter seems to be challenged more now than in the past.
eager to learn
I appreciate Lark because she allows me to move as fast as my talent will take me, while insuring that I meet her standards. She is competent, professional and a very pleasant individual.