What do I mean by Organic Music? I call my teaching style "Organic" because your lessons will grow directly from the seeds of your goals and interests. With young children I incorporate games, singing, and access to a variety of musical instruments.
Individual Music Lessons: I can teach beginners age 5+ in ukulele, piano and songwriting. For guitar I prefer students age 8+. I'll work with you to tailor your lessons to suit your specific interests, goals, and prior knowledge. Lessons are usually half an hour, once a week, but can be tweaked to fit your schedule and needs.
Family Music Lessons: Remember before there was internet, before there was TV, before there was radio? Nope, me neither. But I've heard that back then families used to get together and play music in the evenings. We can bring that back with family music lessons. Maybe you want to learn guitar and your kids want to learn ukulele. Maybe you want to learn to read music and sing along to the song your kid is learning on the guitar. I would love to help your family learn songs that you can all enjoy singing and playing together in a family jam.
Adult Group Classes: I don't have any scheduled yet, but stay tuned for this in the future. If you know a group of people who'd like to take a class together, let me know and maybe we can work something out.
The Organic Women's Chorus A relaxed, no-audition chorus for any woman (gender spectrum welcome, primarily female-identified) who loves to sing. No experience necessary. You will become a better singer by singing on a regular basis! Really and truly! Please visit www.meetup.com/organicwomenschorus/ for more information.
Preschool Music & Movement Classes: Props, instruments, singing, movement, and mindfulness will energize, then calm, a preschool group while exposing them to a variety of songs, rhythms, music styles, and cultural traditions. Stay tuned or get in touch for more information or to propose an idea to me.
Other ideas? Get in touch, I'm happy to work with you to see if we can create a music lesson that's right for you, your family, or group.
My Philosophy on Practicing: While I know that lots of practice makes one a better musician, I encourage parents NOT to force your kids practice if they don't want to. If they are truly motivated, they will practice, and their music time will be joyful. When forced to practice, many children grow to hate their instrument, and we don't want that! Instead, parents can show an interest in the instrument. Be a role model for music practice. If you play the same instrument (or another instrument), you can role model daily practice, even for 10 minutes. If you don't play, you can ask them to teach you what they learned. Tell them how much you love to hear them play, but let it be their choice. Setting up a daily routine can be useful as long as it doesn't become a daily battle.
For adult students, I assume that you're pretty self motivated and will practice if you have time. I also assume your life is really busy and I won't judge you if you haven't practiced as much as you wanted to. It's all about making music joyfully and having fun.