FREE 30-minute Lesson Audition to all prospective students.
Students receive detailed lesson notes I send from my MacBook at the end of every lesson.
Goal-oriented lessons based on the desires of each individual student.
Beginners learn to read music via the Mainari Method: Notes on the Instrument, Counting and Rhythms, Warmups, and Beginning Tunes, then I use a Traditional, Western Classical methodology to build a solid foundation and healthy technique, including SuzukiMethod elements.
Interest in other musical genres, including Celtic fiddle and/or popular songs, is welcome.
Introduction to Note Reading for Alto, Bass, and Treble clefs.
Music Theory: Circle of fifths, key signatures, order of sharps and flats, intervals, steps, chord spellings and triads, chord progressions, major and minor scales, modes, etc.
Aural Skills: Recognize steps, intervals, scales, rhythm patterns, and chords at first hearing.
Rhythm: Understand the function of time signatures, learn how to count any rhythm, understand how it fits in a tempo, and be able to practice with a metronome.
Music History: Go back in time to learn how string-playing has evolved over the centuries; which composers were most influential to our instruments and why; as well as era-appropriate performance practices.
Youth Orchestras: Play with other dedicated individuals of a similar skill level and age, while experiencing the sound of a symphony orchestra's instrumentation and harmonies.
Recitals: Monthly recitals in cooperation with the MSSL at a local Senior Living Home; participation encouraged.
Chamber Music: Play with other students at your school or within the Junior Chamber Music organization in trios, quartets, quintets, etc for the most intimate forms of ensemble music playing.
Exams: having previously prepared students for the local MTAC CM exams, the Royal Conservatory of Music's exam has fantastic criteria for different levels of players to be examined multiple times a year and their performance graded with constructive feedback.