I created Learning with Lynda years ago to establish my private, online and group music lesson practice. Over the past 18 years, I have taught hundreds of students. Many of my piano and flute students have stayed with me 5 years or more and developed into accomplished musicians. Some even went on to become college music majors. Over the years, I have worked to refine my methods to not only include solid music reading, theory and technical skills on both instruments, but also to incorporate improvisation and songwriting. I’ve seen many students struggle for years with music reading and the classic repertoire. But, when jazz or improvisation was introduced or even favorite pop songs, I witnessed many of them take off and own their music development in an entirely new way. Since my upbringing was purely classical and I didn’t start to improvise until after college, it took me a while to feel comfortable with music improvisation. At first I would freeze up. How could I play without reading the notes? I’ve not only become a great improviser myself, but also evolved my teaching method to make playing by ear an essential part of my student’s musical development. It’s through this ‘free play’ that we often find what we need from music and how it speaks to us. Everyone who decides to take on the practice and play of music is working to find their own balance between the technical knowhow and the spontaneous, creative expression that music embodies. I try my best to help guide children and adults towards becoming a well-rounded musician whether they express interest in learning to read music only or becoming a songwriter.
The use of technology is also an important part of the music learning process. I use many iPad apps that offer music theory and ear training drills. Also, for those interested, music sequencing Apps like Garageband are explored. iOS Music App development has been a huge asset to the music education community at large and I’m happy to get more kids involved in music technology with these easy to use tools.
More detailed music lesson information can be found on the LearningwithLynda.com Website. I offer private lessons in the Long Beach and greater Los Angeles area. I am available for online lessons via Facetime or Skype as well.