Over the years, I have developed a verbal and visual approach to teaching that works very well for most students, but especially for online lessons. Through the beauty of the internet, we aren’t limited to the teachers we can find locally. Instead, we can find one with whom we really resonate. One where our learning style matches the teaching, and where we can grow in all ways musically related. We can even take that teacher with us on vacation, or when we move.
A typical lesson consists of checking student’s progress, addressing any immediate issues and working on skill building.
One student may have trouble hitting a C#, so we’ll work on those. Another may be very tense so we’ll spend some time helping them relax. Maybe they play too timidly and need a confidence boost.
The beauty of private lessons is the ability to truly customize everything to suit the student’s needs.
My goal is to help students get well on their way to a lifetime love of learning and making music.
In 3-6 months after beginning with their instrument, they should be:
- Reading music consistently at a level appropriate to their progress.
- Developing an understanding of rhythm and meter.
- Placing their fingers properly, and reliably for the most part.
- Developing correct posture and holding their instrument and bow in a relaxed manner that suits their body type, and facilitates the freedom of movement required for great music.
Music offers significant benefits, my favorite is the joy of making music! Developmentally speaking, here are some of the things that it offers:
- Develop critical thinking skills. Music requires that you listen for the right pitch, decide what to do if it’s wrong, and adjust accordingly. This prepares kids for a lifetime of problem-solving and approaching things with a logical mind-set.
- Improve hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills. It’s hard to get those little fingers to cooperate! Learning to place your fingers and hold your bow correctly helps develop this in a fun environment.
- Improve language skills. Surprised? Here’s the truth: music is a legitimate language. It has grammar and syntax, and specific rules for writing it. It also has symbols that represent sounds. Studies show that musicians learn foreign languages more easily than do non-musicians.
- Improve math skills. Music is math. We count, deal in time, and work with fractions.