First and foremost our goal is always to assess the needs of the student technically, physically and emotionally in the moment. Each student is on a different path and at a different point in their individual artistic journey.
A typical voice lesson: No matter the age or level of the student, each lesson usually starts with a few technical warm ups, vocally and physically. We talk about music and what the student has been listening to and likes to sing along with. The same technical goals we work toward in classical voice training can be achieved in any style of music with careful attention to the breath, proper structure and resonance balancing. The important thing is that the student is finding joy in the music they are singing as we are building the foundation of a healthy, sustainable tone.
A typical piano lesson: Beginner to intermediate students generally work out of the Faber and Faber method books. Advanced students choose from standard classical/jazz/pop repertoire. All students focus on healthy technique at the instrument through careful attention in their repertoire. We check in with the prior week’s assignments making technical and musical adjustments and then move forward accordingly. Making the connection from the page to the mind to the hands and vice versa is a challenge in the early going. So, we spend much time practicing in ways that strengthen these pathways. Also, further work in ear training, sight-reading and theory is done at the keyboard, on paper and vocally.
A typical string instrument lesson:
All lessons will start with a brief tuneup and warmup using scales or intervals with a metronome. Depending on the pursuits and experience of the student, the direction of lessons can vary between technique, transcription / ear training, learning written music, or composition. Review from previous sessions will also be incorporated based on which areas of improvement or pieces of repertoire are being focused on.
A typical music production lesson:
The primary focus of lessons will be on the basics of microphone types and their operation, and interfacing with the DAW to record good audio. Intermediate students or those who don't play an instrument can learn to use MIDI and programming digital instruments. All students will then work on post production, including how to mix levels and use plugins to produce a finished product they can be proud of publishing. Principles of songwriting, arranging, and music theory will also be incorporated as needed.