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Composition

Write your own compositions, songs and music with your own individual personality that's unique

Improvisation

Learn to create music on the spot that sounds good and fits with whatever song you are playing. Learn the art of spontaneous music making!

Arranging

Think like an orchestra, band, or a producer. Once you've written or composed your music, it's time to arrange it with different instruments so it sounds like a professional  recording.

Ear Training

Learn how to listen to music and be able to instantly play it on your instrument

Develop your child's musical identity

Instead of creating an automaton who performs endless covers, let's work to make your child unique and develop their individuality in music

Music lessons should strive to create an individual identity in music, not a well-oiled cover artist.

Everyone is different and it's my job to help your child discover his or her musical identity!

A person's musical identity is shaped by the music they listen to, the environment they are in, the sound that they want to create, all guided by their ear and their heart. Everyone can do it. It's self-directed and the best teachers are the ones to help unlock it by showing them how to teach themselves!

We will work on composition, songwriting, improvisation and arranging at a high level, not just popular music. A great musical personality should study all the great works of music from all the genres (Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, R&B, Blues, Folk and more!).

This is done with the gentlest of touches and nothing is forced on the student, everything is done with their interest placed highest above all. Nothing can be learned without interest.

No Exams

In line with my philosophy of music education, standardized testing is ineffective

To make a child take a music exam is to force an arbitrary structure on a child instead of guiding their individual interest in whatever direction they are drawn to in music.

One of the problems with music exams is that they do not account for a student's interest and tend to operate on a "this-is-good-for-the-learner, they-must-do-it-this-way"approach.

Music exams also tend to skew too much to performance, often accounting for up to 60% of a grade. You can teach someone to memorize a piece of music but what do we find 9 times out of 10? The student will forget everything the moment the examination is over.

Music exams delay musical development because once the deadline is on the calendar, memorization takes precedence over meaningful study of understanding how music works. Once a student realizes they have to prepare for an exam, they will be much less inclined to learn important but superfluous-to-the-exam musical skills. As an example, important skills like accompaniment, improvisation, ear training, composition and improvisation are left completely lacking.

Music Exams turn students off to the great classical music tradition in the same way that literature class in school turns students off the great works of Shakespeare which is a tremendous shame.

What's worse, after the completion of a music exam, the student is given a  false sense of accomplishment because now they are told that they have reached a high level of proficiency but they still lack the ability to perform extremely simple musical tasks. This leads to frustration and contributes to quitting.

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