approach to working with students
a teacher I want to provide an experience which is fun and inviting.
I am interested in teaching people the music that they love and
are really connected to. Usually I have students bring in their
favorite music, either on CD, cassette or in a song book, then I
teach them that music. Using this music as a spring board I focus
on giving students a solid foundation so they can learn how to play
scales, arpeggios, chords, fingerpicking, improvisation, ear training,
theory and how to read and write music. In addition I also recommend
method books to help supplement the lessons. Everything that is
necessary to have a solid foundation and have music become an integral
part of your life.
two people learn alike so my teaching methods are very responsive
to a student's needs, rate of learning and desire. Lessons have
an informal quality to them and often creative lightning bolts can
be seen in the room as both myself and students are laughing, and
loving the process of learning and teaching music.
me there is no greater phenomenon than the exchange of information
between one human being and another. In a sense it is a collaboration
where together you learn how to teach and study. Because every person
is so different and has different needs, it requires a lot of sensivitiy,
patience and willingness to use creativity and try things out.
heightened contact between myself and students is one of the main
things that sparks my life. The feeling of being able to learn something
new and to teach what you have learned is worth getting up in the
morning each day and shouting Yes!
Monthly Offerings for Students Taking Lessons
Is An Endless Ocean" Lecture Series / Monthly Class
To complement the individual lessons, once a
month we offer a 2-hour group class, devoted to the broader aspects
of music, such as working with rhythm, voice, the body, improvisation,
and more, featuring the staff of the School and special guest speakers.
The lecture series is available as a benefit to all enrolled students
in the school at no additional charge. Click here for more info.
At the Encouraging Hands Music School, the goal is
to give students the fullest musical education possible. Included
in the cost of lessons for children is a monthly group class which
incorporates a variety of subjects including
- ear training
- work with movement
- music history
- playing in an ensemble
- exposure to ethnic music from around the world
These classes are meant to conjunct with the
individual lessons and cover material that cannot be treated in
one on one lessons.