Mark is an incredibly patient & child-oriented teacher who focuses on the individual child's strengths and builds on them in a positive environment. My child took to his style of teaching from his first class, and ever since has become very confident and even more motivated to learn piano and even other instruments. Thank you very much for inspiring him and bringing out the best in him.
Kamini, Mom of Student
To get started one does not need to invest in a full 88 key piano with weighted keys. In fact, a portable keyboard with 61 to 76 keys is about all that is required for the first 2-3 years of study so long as it is touch sensitive and a sustain pedal can be plugged in. Children can start as early as 5 or 6 provided they can comprehend everything involved in reading notes and understanding how rhythm works.
The vast majority of my students want to play their favorite hits, form a band with their musical friends and jam or with their church praise & worship band. As they usually have no intention of playing with a symphony orchestra, I use a curriculum that helps them to understand the theory behind how popular music is put together. This gives them the freedom in a very short period of time to begin improvising using only a lyric sheet with chords.
Mark's teaching style brings out the very best in my sons musical abilities. It allows him to use the core fundamentals and curriculum taught in class to be applied to his personal interpretation of pieces he loves to play on his guitar and sing. Mark brings out the Rock Star in him within a safe and stress free home studio setting. Happy student and very happy parent. Thank you, Mark.
Karen Usha Gray, Mom of Neil, Classical Singer and Recording Artist
When kids are starting out on guitar they can usually fit comfortably into a student size guitar at about age 7. Nylon strings are recommended for the first month or two as their finger tips are often not tough enough yet to press down on thin sharp steel strings.
I often get asked if it's okay to start on an electric as it is often presumed that one graduates from acoustic to electric. Although anything can be played on either an acoustic or electric, certain styles just come across better on one over the other. Get an electric for hard rock or an acoustic for folk music. Even for those wishing to learn finger styling on a nylon string it is best to learn using a steel string with a pick when starting as coordinating the PIMA fingers while learning to read notes can be rather cumbersome.
As there are so many ways to approach the guitar and certain approaches work best with certain genres of music, I help students by focusing on those approaches depending on their musical goals.
Thank you for training my voice. God bless you. I will never forget you and I appreciate all the wisdom you have taught me.
Shahana Ross, Recording Artist/Singer/Songwriter
We all have some level of natural ability when it comes to singing. One person may have an amazing sounding voice but can not hit one note right. Another, the opposite. Things such as projection, breath control, diction, range, pitch and tonal quality can vary drastically from individual to individual.
I draw heavily on methods introduced in the 1980s which teaches one to sing using their body energy.
I have various vocal students who are invited regularly to perform at functions at community,church and school events. As mentioned on my home page, one has already released a CD!
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