I am looking to expand my private studio and am accepting additional violin and viola students both for this summer and for next fall. At present, my studio consists of one middle school aged student and several high school students from neighboring districts. In the past I have taught students aged 5-adult and am comfortable working with all abilities.
If you or someone you know is interested in improving their playing technique, learning new music and having fun, please send them my way. I have attached a link to my latest newsletter which you certainly have permission to share.
Newsletter Link: CLICK HERE
Thank you in advance for passing this information around!
Are you ready to get started making music now?
Well, it's official...I suck at blogging. I am mildly better writing for my business page, (www.luminoussounds.com) but I often find myself short of topics to write about. I give authors a ton of credit. To write about something that is completely original is very challenging. To do it frequently, is simply impossible as far as I am concerned.
If you are reading this and don't speak to me regularly, you may be wondering what I have been up to. I am looking forward to sharing some of my journey with you in coming posts. I have always used this website for professional reasons (education, consulting and performance), but I really just want a place to write about what I want to write about and have fun doing it. I want to share photos, ideas and topics that make me happy, or make me curious and not have to worry about it not being "professional" or suited for my business site.
I will be writing in the coming weeks/months about my life's journey. Everything from happy moments to the most gut-wrenching times will be covered. Career, family and friends will be covered. Animals, mainly my dog will obviously be covered...and photographed...and video'ed.
I hope you will take this journey with me.
See, I've started already ---->
For the time being, most students on Long Island are blessed with the opportunity to learn string instruments during the school day once they reach the intermediate school grades. Unfortunately, with the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, the emphasis is shifting from a "well-rounded education" for all students, to an education based in Math, ELA, and the Sciences. While each of these subjects is integral for the development of a college and career ready child, the development of the "right brain" is what is going to be able to take these students from academia, and enable them to become the innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their respective fields.
It is my opinion, that due to the need to comply with the CCLS, school districts across the State will be forced to reevaluate and restructure the school day, to increase the amount of time spent preparing for CC State Assessments. Many parents and education advocates have already begun to speak out against the reduction in recess for elementary aged children, the ridiculous curriculum in the early grades and the word problems found in the middle and high school math curriculums. If our State continues to subscribe to the Common Core, I feel strongly that many, if not all elective (not State mandated) music and art courses will be removed from our school offerings in order to make room for more STEM, not STEAM courses. Sadly, without the "A", most of these students will not possess the creativity and intrinsic motivation needed to actually do anything innovative with their science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds.
As a music educator, I encourage you to seek out activities that will enhance your child's right-brain development. It is my belief that under our current State leadership, that your child is probably not receiving the amount of creative education that they require and deserve. Private lessons (in any creative discipline) are one way of replacing what is being lost in your child's school day.
Here are some additional articles on the topics of Private Instruction, the CCLS and the 21st Century Learning Initiative.
"What's the Right Age to Begin Music Lessons?"
Thank you all for visiting my site. If you are interested in hearing some of my live recordings, you can click on the media link from the drop down above. There is an audio player there where you can hear a Bach Sonata, two movements of the Bloch Suite 1919, and the Gordon Jacob Variations for Solo Viola. Thanks again for checking it out.
Hello and thank you for checking out my website and newly created blog. I have never written a blog post before and am not totally sure what one does write in a blog, but I am taking a stab at it. I figure that I will use this as a venue to share music education information, advocate for newly discovered artists and post and respond to articles that I happen to come across that might be of interest. Thanks again for checking out the site and I will update everyone again via Facebook and Twitter when I have something new to share. Have a great day!