WOC Academy Teachers Philosophy

WOC Academy Teachers Philosophy

From Ms. Sharon:                                    

As a singer and a voice teacher, I believe:
– that you must breathe deeply from your mouth and fill your lungs when you sing
– that you must relax your shoulders when you breathe and sing
– that your jaw and throat be relaxed when you sing
– that you must engage your diaphragm when you sing
– that it is important to warm up your voice every time before you sing
– that it is important to practice pitch matching and intervals to train  your ear
– that you must learn to sing correct vowels and proper placement of notes
– that it is important to try to broaden your pitch range
– that you should practice sight reading
– that you should memorize music
From Ms. Rachel
As a vocal teacher I believe that proper technique and learning  basic fundamentals (such as breath and breath support) is most important for anyone at any age who wishes to learn how to sing or improve their skills.
These skills will not only allow your instrument to fulfill it’s utmost potential, but also guarantee it’s longevity and care for the rest of your life. ( Not only in singing but day to day life and speaking too!)
I believe in encouraging each individual to truly discover their own genuine sound and to not emulate another’s all while enjoying being creative and the art of music.
From Ms. Olivia
When you become a violin student at Wind of Change Academy, you shall expect the following:
-A clear understanding of the violin instrument and the types of music played with the violin
-Knowledge of how the instrument is correctly played and the correct posture needed to play the violin
-Discipline in learning from the Suzuki method or other method the teacher feels fits you best
-Individualized teaching method based on the students wants and needs
-Correct fingerings, hand position, and bow hold
-Memorization techniques and ability to read the treble clef
-Positive and energetic learning atmosphere
From Ms. Christina

-Great musicians are made through dedication, consistent practice, and self-discipline. Be the musician you want to be.

-The violin is a versatile instrument despite the common belief that it is strictly made for classical music. To really grasp the full
potential of an instrument, a student must explore all genres of music, especially of genres they are personally interested in.

-Violinists have been traditionally taught to read and perform other people’s music. Writing your own imaginative compositions are crucial in mastering the violin.

-Scales and arpeggios will be among the most important topics you’ll learn. Arpeggios are broken chords, which form the basis of all popular songs.
-Learning about key signatures and music theory will make you the most versatile musician possible.

-From classical, to country, to rock and hip-hop, no genre excludes string-instruments.

From Mr. Steve

For all wind instruments and percussion instructed by Mr. Steve:

Books used for woodwind and brass instruction will be the Breeze Easy methods I and II by John Kinyon. Percussion students will utilize the Alfred’s drum method books I and II by Sandy Feldstein and Dave Black. All of these method books are published by Alfred Publishing. Drumset students will use The Drumset Musician by Rod Morgenstein and Rick Mattingly published by Hal Leonard. Additional solos or duets will be provided by Mr. Steve.

Lessons will emphasize proper tone production, breathing, and instrument-specific posture. Drummers will be taught matched grip sticking, and later traditional grip stick position. Students will be taught to read music at their own pace. Since band instrument students will be playing with groups of people, attention to adhering to tempo and rhythmic reading will be highlighted during instruction.

Sightreading will be covered in lessons at the individual student’s ability level. Memorization of scales and arpeggios will also be highlighted to improve overall technique. Occasionally, short etudes and solos at the students skill level will also be memorized. We will also work on any band/orchestra music from school which needs attention. Audition literature for school will also be covered.

Drum students will be taught the snare drum, drumset, bongos, and other auxilliary percussion. Keyboard percussion instruction is available on the small Glockenspiel in studio. Play along CDs will be provided for drumset practice at home when the student reaches that level of performance.

My teaching philosophy is that learning music should be fun. As skills improve, it should become even more enjoyable, as the player is able to perform higher levels of literature. Students should attempt to practice daily. This is especially true of wind instruments, since there is physical effort required to produce a tone. The best any student can do is always good enough for me. Their best effort should be a result of their practice at home with their instrument. I love to see students surprise themselves with their own progress. I also like to inject humor into lessons to keep things light.

Instrument specific equipment recommendations:Trombone mouthpiece – beginners should use a Bach 12C or equivalent

Drum sticks – 5A sticks are a great start. “Junior” sticks are fine for young students with small hands.

Please, let us know if you have any additional questions about WOC Academy Teachers Philosophy!