My focus is on making the lessons a great experience for the kids (and adults). Getting their skills up is first priority, but I do it in a fun and effective way that leads them to look forward to, not dread, the lessons. For the slightly older kids, I draw upon my interest in pop music and other contemporary genres and have a wealth of 'hip' and interesting music at hand to keep them self-motivated. Once beyond the basics, I tailor the lessons to the individual student according to their musical interests rather than force-feed unenjoyable music.
After the most basic skills are learned, I'm not reluctant to teach untraditionally. By that I mean that I am quick to introduce ideas that I think will spark the kids' interest. Whether it's taking a couple of moments to teach a student how to play drums with their fingers on their electric keyboard or picking up a guitar and playing along with them during piano lessons, I've got a lot in my arsenal to inspire the students.
Most of my students come as beginners and I use a rather uncommon series of sight reading books that is excellent for ensuring that the kids will learn easily, fast, and have fun doing it. For more advanced kids or adults, I've got an almost endless supply of fun and unique contemporary music to expose them to, aside from whatever radio songs (or other) they may request.
My aim is not to just get the kids quickly proficient on the instrument, but to leave the parents with no doubt that they chose the right teacher for the best all around experience for their child.
Please contact me for more specific info regarding travel, pricing, or any particular lesson related question. Typical lesson cost does include a small premium for the benefit of doing the traveling, but I do what I can to keep things palatable for those with budget constraints. Many of the families I teach are comprised of 2 siblings and in those cases I work things out cost-wise to benefit the family.
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