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Innovative Music Lessons

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words
and that which cannot remain silent.”
Victor Hugo

Music is about more than just reading notes off a page. Music involves, feeling, self expression, aethetics, flow, emotion, movement, centeredness, and most importantly connecting with self and others.

I teach students:
- to improvise
- to compose
- to read
- to be musically responsive
- to collaborate with others
- to understand music through their own feeling and movement


I work with each of my students to help them recognize their unique life spark and give that a vehicle of expression.

I encourage and guide students to develop their sound instincts!

Learning music skills is important: reading, writing, sight singing, counting, compostion, theory.
I use multiple modalities to teach the fundamental understanding and language of music - this understanding can then apply to any instrument.

For Individuals:

Cello
Flute
Piano
Drum set
Hand drums
Guitar
Electronic Music ( Ableton Live, Protools, Garage band, Sibelius.)

For Groups:

Group Drumming

Enrichment through Music
Music and Movement


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the youngest age that you teach?

There are many differant factors- maturity of child, how involved a parent wants to be. I find 4 year olds can generally start having productive lessons.

How important is practice at home?

For some kids, practicing alone is quite frustrating and unproductive. For some families, I recommend that the child practices to accompany a parent doing a chore such as washing dishes or folding clothes. Their practice is then being of service. For some children, I use various computer based feedback games. This greatly regularily of practice.

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Teaching at:

Montessori Middle School, Norwalk; Temple Sholom Preschool, Greenwich, CT; Christ Church Preschool, Greenwich; KEYS Program Roosevelt Elementary School, Bridgeport, CT; Horizons at Greenfarms Academy, Westport, CT; Chabad of Riverdale;

Education:

M.A. in Expressive Therapies, Lesley College; B.A. in Music and Psychology, WCSU; Music For People Teachers Training; Certified "Drumbeat" instructor- (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Attitude and Thoughts); African Drumming; Taiko Drumming;

From Philosophers

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."
– Plato

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."
–Plato

"Without music, life would be a mistake."
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."
–Victor Hugo

"If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer."
– Confucius

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."
– Albert Einstein

"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife."
– Kahlil Gibran

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."
–Lao Tzu

From Scientists

"Early musical training does more good for kids than just making it easier for them to enjoy music, it changes their brain and these brain changes could lead to cognitive advances as well," study researcher Yunxin Wang said in a statement. "Our study provides evidence that early music training could change the structure of the brain’s cortex"

6 Benefits of Music Lessons

Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction. By Angela Kwan

Taking music lessons:

  • Improves academic skills.
  • Develops physical skills.
  • Social emotional skills.
  • Refines discipline and patience.
  • Boosts self-esteem.
  • Introduces children to other cultures.