Music Lessons That Actually Work
Are you tired of taking endless music lessons, focusing on learning things that seem just out of reach, or maybe not in line with your real musical interests?
When I teach, I try to connect you with the music you love, and show you how to teach yourself. You'll find yourself on a path to playing that is satisfying and suprisingly easy.
Music is a language, and like any language, one should not start out learning to read without having a basic grasp of how to communicate. The languages which can only be read and not spoken are called dead languages, and music is far from dead.
I teach my students how to carry on a musical conversation with other artists. We focus on building skills like you would any "second langauge," immersing ourselves in a music dialogue. We learn the basic syntax of music, what makes it work, as well as what the constraints are, and then experiment with new prhases, idioms, and genres.
At the end, the student is ready to learn to read and write, and we often record new music together.
Ocasionally students arrive with a strong understanding of music and extended harmonies. Other times students have learned to read first, but still don't really understand what they're saying when they play back.
Whatever your place, you'll find some unique perspectives in my teaching to open up more musical doors to you. Lead guitarists can discover new scales, pianists can grow in their chording abilities. I often work with vocalists to help them unlearn bad habits.
Learning In Studio
I have a music studio with a rear-entrance, and hold my lessons on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 8 p.m. My studio has drums, bass, guitars, piano and keyboards, as well as many other instruments including trumpets, banjo, Irish penny whistles, accordians, percussion, and more.
I teach these instruments, and also avail my recording software and microphones to you in order to improve your playing and performance.
I have been teaching people to read and write sheet music for years on my two music web sites, NotationMachine.com and ReadSheetMusic.info. You're welcome to take advantage of these web sites to learn.
Lessons have finished for the summer, but registration is open for September.
Beginner and Intermediate group classes are available during the summer. View the classes page for more information and to register.
Since September, 2009
Since starting with Heather I've seen her vocal power grow ... more