My method is one that corresponds to each student's capabilities and desires. The main method book I use for 'cello is by Samuel Applebaum and I incorporate folksongs, classical repertoire plus anything that the student is interested in playing. I do not recommend the Suzuki method - the student will learn all the notes, without marks on the fingerboard. Tone production and how to do it, is key to great playing. Simple stretches prior to playing are suggested. Since there is a lot of repetitive motion in playing a string instrument, good posture, correct bow grip (many are taught incorrectly due to mistakes in beginning books), and effective left hand technique are key to avoiding injuries and sore muscles!
Montana born 'cellist/pianist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Janice, has premiered works, toured solo & with her New American Quartet, while teaching & coaching throughout California. She recorded films, was YoYo Ma's pre-concert lecturer, was an NEH Affiliate Awardee, & she won special Commendation from City Hall in '97 during Los Angeles Week for her work in multi-ethnic communities. Janice enjoyed performing with Herbie Hancock, coaching Samuel L. Jackson for his "'cello playing cop" role, & being featured with her quartet in the Canadian documentary, "Empire of the Word". Janice is Principal 'Cell
ist with the West L.A. Sym., Center Stage Opera & with Symphony 47, also acting as their Orchestra Liaison. Janice has taught both 'cello & piano for about 38 years as well as coached youth and community orchestra 'cello sections, in Southern California. She enjoys teaching all age levels & particularly encourages one to compose their own pieces while learning the music of the great composers, in all styles, including folk music from countries around the world. Lessons will include of course basic technique: scales, arpeggios, warm-up pieces; repertoire from all periods of music including music of the present day and music that involves ensemble playing such as in duets, trios, etc. There are seasonal recitals or what I call "musical get-togethers" where the students play for one another and their families/friends, along with invited guest artists who may be featured on other instruments so the students can experience other ways of making music, including artists from other countries, possibly on their own ethnic instrument. I encourage each student to be creative & expect daily practice so improvement & advancement happens in a consistent way. If a student has a desire to learn a particular piece or style of music, then I will try to weave that into the rest of the repertoire. I aim to teach each student according to their hopes & desires in learning the instrument of their choice. Positive reinforcement & encouragement is at the top of my teaching list - exercises that help one to relax the muscles & warm up the tendons are encouraged so that overuse of the muscles, etc. are hopefully avoided! I wish my teachers had helped me in this area when I was a student because all the rehearsing & performing I did created a lot of muscle & tendon problems, which could have been avoided. Due to my personal experiences, I have gained the wisdom which I now pass on as knowledge to all my students - whether 'cellists or pianists! My bottom line is if you don't enjoy what you are doing then do something else! Music should be fun & as I tell my students, I haven't worked a day in my life music is not work for me performing & teaching music is enjoyable & inspires others which makes me want to do it forever.
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to teach hour lessons since the first 10-15 minutes are spent in warm-up exercises & tuning of course. Also incorporated is music theory so that one knows about keys, interval relations, chord structure, etc. With regards to the 'cello, one may spend some time on bow technique after warming up the left hand. Each instrument has its own needs & areas that should be addressed, prior to working on a particular piece or pieces. I like to end a lesson by playing a duet with the student which for the 'cello helps with intonation. Solo piano playing should also include playing with another person - it helps one for future occasions which may include accompanying another instrument. In addition, I encourage students to make up their own pieces then eventually record them to a CD. I am looking forward to teaching all ages and types of backgrounds.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano with music stands in my studio. Plenty of good lighting as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** For pianists, they should have a regular piano - an electric piano is not the greatest with regards to touch and dynamics, but if that is all they can afford, OK. For 'cellists, they should have their own instrument. Preferably, they should own the 'cello rather than rent unless they are growing, and one has to get a different size to fit their changing body. 'Cellists should also have their own music stand. If necessary, I can bring a music stand. Also, the area where the lesson will occur, should be well lit. I can bring a stand light if necessary.
*** Specialties *** I teach in the Western European string tradition (no Suzuki). I also coach chamber music. I teach privately, one on one, or in a group situation. My 2 instruments I teach of choice are 'cello and piano for all ages and abilities.
Danielle G. June 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very fun instructor!
Lynne M. September 30, 2014
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Janice and we are so happy to have found her! She is a great teacher and really encouraging. My daughter always enjoy going to her lessons and has really progressed since starting with her. It's always exciting to hear the new pieces she has learned as well as the one she is writing herself. Janice has a great sense of humor and makes it easy for the student to enjoy learning.
Sam P. September 28, 2014
Janice has taught me Piano from the time I was 9 years old until I was 17 and leaving for college. She gave me the best experience a young and eager student could ever ask for and now I am entered in the Music Industry program at Drexel University ! I couldn't be more pleased with her jovial manor or her extensive skill. Thanks for everything Janice !
I have played in a variety of musicals and various college orchestras and chamber groups. Because of my approach to music I don't consider classical my forte but I can still teach any student cellist a great amount about beginning to advanced playing in any style - including classical.
I am also comfortable playing a variety of styles on the cello, namely jazz.
I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.
I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I join
ed a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
I have been teaching music for over 5 years and have had experience with children as young as 5 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A status that allows you to learn whatever you want on your instrument by yourself, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.
I have had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has given me an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.
My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally I have taken a great deal of classes in California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program, where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more effective at my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.
Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.
I am also part of Takelessons Skype lessons program (lessons that take place on the internet via Skype) for those looking for a more convenient or affordable way to take music lessons from home.
*** Lesson Details *** Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.
Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.
I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.
And... all this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.
*** Studio Equipment *** Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, 2 5-string banjos, a 4-string tenor banjo, a ukulele, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a guitar, cello (a full size), electric bass, a banjo, an amp, an accordion, cords and the occasional pick to students (sorry no spare mandolin or ukulele). I would only require an outlet and room to practice in; if the student could bring a pick that would be fantastic as well! I can also bring acoustic guitars if an outlet is unavailable and if that is in fact the kind of guitar the student wants to learn.
For piano students, it is best that they have their own piano or keyboard at their home; if the student is unable to obtain a piano for the first few lessons I do have a mobile keyboard but would require a fair amount of setting up.
*** Specialties *** Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.
Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.
My name is Ray - I'm 27 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 13 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching I work as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music, and students very much enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
Learn fundamental technique in a variety of different styles with an emphasis on the underlying theories that make up the musical world.
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.
*** Lesson Details *** My desire to share my passion for m
usic is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson plans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius. MBox recording interface. Audio Technica condenser microphone. Sennheiser dynamic microphone. Fender precision bass. Kala ukulele. Gemeinhardt flute. Rogue mandolin. Takamine guitar. Ibanez performance series guitar. Epiphone SG guitar.
*** Specialties *** My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
Kylie R. September 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Joshua is making ukulele lessons very enjoyable for my 12 year old daughter. She took piano somewhere else before this and is really enjoying this new experience. She just keeps saying how fun it is!
Synnove T. September 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
Josh was right on time and created an instant rapport with my daughter. She is looking forward to continuing work with him.
Satchel F. August 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
He's very nice and a great teacher. I'm learning a lot.
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Phoenix, AZ teacher:
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anda is an amazing instructor, she is so patient and is always encouraging. My schedule can be chaotic but she is always very flexible and accommodating. Another huge advantage is being able to use Skype, I wasn't sure how it would work out, but it has been great! I am learning the correct techniques and making improvements weekly! I would highly recommend her to anyone!"
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ourney with the cello takes us!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Deborah
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Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Julie
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n took me from a complete beginner to understanding complex concepts covering all aspects of playing the cello. Her basic instruction, as well as insights to guide my understanding of how to hold the bow properly, correct finger position, swinging movements, appropriate weight, etc, took me further than I imagined. Throughout our lessons Megan stay tuned in to my instructional level, while accelerating my understanding of how to move towards excellence. Megan truly exemplifies "beginning with the end in mind." I highly recommend Megan as a Cello instructor."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Laura
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nfident in her school orchestra program with the help that she has received from Corby."
Cleveland, OH teacher:
Review by Mark
"Sandy Kiefer is an outstanding music teacher. My daughter and I have known her for years and have grown from absolute beginners to the thoroughly competen
t intermediate students of the cello that we now are. Sandy has an amazing range from her own professional music making across varying group sizes and genres of music to her expert command of the Suzuki curriculum. Sandy also has an extraordinary capacity for making music lessons fun, especially for younger children. Sandy is adept at evaluating what motivates her students and adjusting her style to suit the individual or the group as the case may be. I would not hesitate to recommend her to students of the cello of any skill or age, beginner to advanced, young to young-at-heart."