Love's Music Lessons, LLC
About this pro
I have an avid passion for teaching children to learn how to play the piano and/or flute and develop a joy for music that will last a lifetime. I focus on classical music, but I can also teach jazz and popular music. While I do not follow a set lesson plan my music lessons focus on developing proper technique, learning major and minor scales, cadences, sight-reading, ensemble training, music theory and ear training. Lessons focus on specific areas but are tailored to fit the individual needs of the student. I may introduce one classical piece as well as a jazz piece, folk tune, hymn or music that is part of the student's heritage. Overall, I want my student to enjoy music and become passionate about what they are playing. I am a classically trained musician with a BA and MM in classical music who can teach all genres. Additionally, I am flexible and accommodating. My overall focus is on the student. I want my student to enjoy what they are playing and to develop an avid passion for music. Technique and sound are first and foremost, but ultimately, the student needs to develop musicality which comes from the heart. This is what differentiates my teaching from other professionals in the area. I enjoy teaching young children and helping them to develop an avid passion for music that will enrich and enhance their lives. I have a significant amount of experience teaching the younger beginner with no previous music background. There are a number of teaching techniques that work well with children between the ages of four 1/2 and seven. In October 2009, I experienced the Suzuki method by attending a course entitled, "Every Child Can" at Temple University in Philadelphia. The course described the way children learn to speak their first words and how this relates to learning music. I also experienced the Yamaha Music Method, which incorporates solfege singing (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti) to enable young pianists to learn how to read notes on the music staff. I have developed my own curriculum by incorporating techniques used in these methods. I am amazed at how quickly younger students learn new concepts and grasp the basics of piano playing and developing piano technique.
7 years in business
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Due to competitive pricing, I can only give a range of what I charge. However, I currently offer lessons in increments of 35, 40, 60, 70, 75, 80, and 105 minutes. Due to my expertise and skill in music, I currently charge $70-$80 per hour. Call me directly at 571-405-9670 for exact pricing.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Many people are unaware of how to select a qualified piano teacher. There are many teachers who believe they can undercut professional music teachers in the area by offering piano instruction at a significantly reduced rate. They sincerely believe that students will contact them because they charge less than everyone else! My advice to prospective clients is to remember that you get what you pay for! Your child's first piano teacher is the most crucial because he or she will train you on appropriate piano technique. I have acquired students in the past who studied with a piano teacher for two years and never learned anything about proper technique and hand position! This should be first and foremost! Find out if the teacher you have selected has a degree in music and in the specific instrument they are teaching. Also, make sure the teacher has a degree from an accredited university. Find out about the prospective teacher's teaching background. Ask lots of questions! How long have they been teaching? What experience do they have in teaching the younger beginner? This is especially important if your child is between the ages of 4 and 7. Don't settle for a teacher simply because he or she charges less than professional music teachers in the area. This may be a red flag that they are in need of students and/or they do not have a sufficient educational or performance background in the instrument they are teaching.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?It is important for customers to realize that teaching piano is an art. It takes a skilled professional to teach piano to younger beginners. Somehow the teacher needs to get those tiny little fingers to curve and produce a rich sound with firm fingertips. At the same time, the teacher needs to teach the younger piano student to develop and play with accurate rhythm, follow appropriate articulations (slurs, ties and staccato markings), understand musical notations (fermata, D. C. al Fine, D. S. al Coda, etc.) and use the pedals. All of the above must be coordinated at one time. Customers must understand that every student is unique and it is often more challenging to teach younger beginners with no previous music background. However, the younger beginner can often be the most rewarding group of musicians. I absolutely love teaching the younger beginner.