Lessons are available for ages 3+ and can be designed for toddlers, kids, teens, adults, and seniors. All levels are welcome, from absolute beginner to advanced.
A basic lesson consists of technique, theory and performance, and lasts for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. In addition to learning songs, students work on a variety of musical concepts like scales, chords, sight reading, ear training, rhythm, improvisation, arranging, song writing, practice techniques, performance prep, etc.
Each student is expected to practice at home, though length of practice depends on age and level. I will go over practice techniques and each student will have a list of exactly what to practice for the week (younger students will need parental guidance). In some cases a practice log is useful.
Method books allow the instructor to monitor progress. They are arranged in a particular order, where songs become gradually harder and new concepts are introduced at appropriate intervals. Books are recommended for every student in addition to other repertoire.
Some method books used include Faber & Faber, Bastein, and Alfred. While students do learn out of method books, additional sheet music is provided to challenge students and expose them to different styles. Students may also request specific songs to learn.
Students are encouraged to make a list of songs, artists or bands that they like. The list may comprise specific pieces to learn, or simply give an idea of the student's musical taste. I do my best to accommodate these requests and provide the songs at a level the student can play. Playing familiar songs can be a huge motivating factor!