Instruments

Piano Lessons

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Piano lessons are the foundation of learning music, especially for beginners. The development of theory, note-reading, ear-training, rhythm, proper technique, and musicianship provide a comprehensive knowledge of music that can later be applied to any instrument and style of music. We recommend 4-5 years as the earliest age to begin private piano lessons as a longer attention span and the ability to retain materials is becoming more natural at that age.

We offer piano lessons to students of all abilities in all styles from beginners to very advanced students. We have a variety of students – some who want to play just for fun and some who shine in festivals and competitions. Our students always have a say in which type of repertoire they play – we have many students who prefer classical music while many students prefer more contemporary or popular styles of music.

Regardless of repertoire choice, all students’ training will be founded with proper technique to create a beautiful tone and ease of movement. We also have many adult piano students who have a variety of goals. For younger students, parents are welcome to drop their child off for lessons, sit in the waiting area or observe the lesson in the teaching studio.

It is necessary for each student to have access to an acoustic piano or a digital keyboard with 88 weighted keys to practice on each day. Each student is encouraged to purchase an acoustic piano if possible, since nothing can take the place of its touch and sound. Please let us know if you would like suggestions or recommendations when deciding what to purchase.

Guitar Lessons

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Contemporary guitar lessons are offered to students of a wide variety of ages, levels, and styles of guitar playing and performance. We also have many self-taught adult students who have hit a wall and are now looking for some direction. We have been very successful helping these students break into the next level of playing knowledge and skill while keeping it light and relaxed.

Instruction will be based on what individual students or parents of the students are looking to achieve. All students will learn foundational concepts such as basic chording, notes, theory, tablature basics, strumming patterns, and rhythms before moving on to more advanced concepts. Students are encouraged to pick out songs that they would like to learn. We begin enrolling most guitar students at age 6 or 7 depending on the size and maturity of the student. As usual, parents are welcome to drop their child off for lessons, sit in the waiting area, or observe their child’s lesson in the studio.
All students will need an instrument to practice on at home. If you need recommendations on what to purchase, we are happy to help! Many students simply meet with an instructor for the free trial lesson without an instrument and then the instructor will give them information on what to rent or purchase.

Voice Lessons

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Students may enroll in voice lessons to study any style of singing – from pop and jazz to classical art songs and arias. We believe that anyone can learn how to sing if they are trained to use their instrument properly. Our vocal instruction emphasizes the development of proper vocal technique to protect the voice, improve sound production and help gain confidence for personal enjoyment and/or public performance. Students learn how to increase their range and utilize basic posture, proper breath support, and correct diction. Emphasis is also placed on stage etiquette, poise, and presence.

10-12 years old is generally the youngest age recommended to begin private voice lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not ready for the rigors of formal vocal technique. For children younger than 10, we have several choral groups available to help them learn how to use their voices properly and safely in a fun, relaxed environment.

Violin, Viola, Cello Lessons

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We offer private lessons in violin, viola, and cello for students of all ages and abilities. We generally begin enrolling students in violin and viola at age 4 or 5 and cello around age 6 depending on the size of the student. Our approach to instruction leans more heavily toward a traditional approach of learning how to read notes as opposed to the Suzuki method which relies more on learning by rote. This ensures full ability to read music when a student is presented with the opportunity to join ensembles in the classroom at school or in the community.

We have a variety of strings students – some who want to play just for fun and some who shine in festivals and competitions. Our students always have a say in which type of repertoire they play. We have many students who prefer classical music while others prefer more contemporary or popular styles of music. Many don’t know what they want to play yet – they just want to learn the basics and take it from there. Regardless of repertoire preference, all students’ training will be founded with proper intonation and bowing and fingering technique to create a beautiful, vibrant tone and ease of movement. We also have many adult strings students who have a variety of goals. For younger students, parents are welcome to drop their child off for lessons, sit in the waiting area or observe the lesson in the teaching studio.

All students will need an instrument to practice on at home. If you need recommendations on what to rent or purchase, we are happy to help!

Woodwind And Brass Lessons

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We offer private lessons in trumpet/cornet, french horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe to students of different ages and at varying levels of skills and experience. Although there are special cases, most students are not physically ready to begin studying a woodwind or brass instrument until they are 9 or 10 years old. In private lessons, students will progress at their own rate and will be taught a variety of critical skills such as basic breathing, correct posture, fingering techniques, and listening skills. Emphasis will also be placed on developing good practice skills and habits.

For those completely new to music, general concepts such as note-reading, symbol recognition, rhythm, and musicianship will be taught as well. Our brass and woodwind students have developed impeccable tone and technique under the watchful eye of our experienced instructors.

While we do have several students learning the instrument just for enjoyment, most of our woodwind and brass students are also members of a band, orchestra, or other ensemble at school or in the community. They are at the top level in their sections and display a much greater knowledge and skill than those who do not study privately. There are simply so many details that can be improved in a setting where individual attention can be given.

All students will need an instrument to practice on at home. If you need recommendations on what to rent or purchase, we are happy to help!

Drums and Percussion Lessons

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We offer private lessons in percussion including focus on drumset, snare drum, mallet/pitched percussion, hand percussion, and marching percussion. Lessons are offered to students of different ages and at varying levels of skills and experience. Although there are special cases, most students are not physically ready to begin studying percussion instruments until they are 7 or 8 years old. In private lessons, students will progress at their own rate and will be taught a variety of skills critical to percussion playing, based on their instrument of choice. These skills include basic hand/foot technique, rhythmic analysis, melodic/harmonic analysis, and correct posture. Emphasis will also be placed on developing good practice skills and habits. For those completely new to music, general concepts such as note-reading, symbol recognition, rhythm, and musicianship will be taught and understood before advanced concepts will be introduced.

While many percussion students are just learning to play for enjoyment, some may also participate in school band, orchestra, or other ensembles within the community. Students that take private lessons tend to be at the top level in their sections and display a much greater knowledge and skill than those who do not study privately. There are simply too many percussion instruments for a general music teacher to cover during rehearsal. Most band and orchestral students only have to learn one instrument, but percussion students will encounter a wide range of instruments such as snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, xylophone, bells, triangle tambourine, timpani, and many more. Lessons and Studio Class will give the student a chance to obtain the appropriate amount of instruction for each instrument as needed.

All students will need an instrument to practice on at home. Drum set students must own their own drum set and band and orchestral students will need at least a snare drum and maybe a set of bells. These are often provided and/or rented by your school music program. If you need recommendations on what to purchase, we are happy to help! Students are welcome to schedule a free trial lesson with an instructor and learn at that time what to rent or purchase.