Teacher Spotlight: Jonny – Drum & Guitar Teacher in Anna, TX

We are so pleased to introduce Jonny, our talented guitar and drum teacher in Anna, TX!

 
Teaching Background:
 
Jonny is a multi instrumentalist, with experience in guitar and drums. He has studied both instruments for roughly 18 years, including 10 years of on-stage experience, with two professional acts.
 
Educational Background:
 
Growing up, Jonny’s first instrument was percussion. Excelling on the drum kit, he gravitated toward jazz and marching band in high school, where he earned a spot as the first freshman quint tenor player in school history. He later went on to play as a touring drummer for a Dallas rock group.

Although he first enjoyed guitar as a hobby, Jonny began studying theory and writing original music throughout his teen years and now plays regularly around the southwest with his band.

Teaching Style/Special Skills:   With a bachelors degree from Texas tech in exercise science, it’s his minor in psychology and coaching that lend a hand to his teaching methods. His lessons are all about the student’s interests and goals pertaining to music. Whether it be ear training, theory, or just learning how to jam along to a few of your favorite songs, Jonny can get you to where you want to go and knows how to have a great time along the way!

Jonny is a great teacher. If you choose to have him come to your home for guitar or drums lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Jonny. If you live in another city or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

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Teacher Spotlight: Regina – Piano and Voice Teacher in Dallas, TX

It is our pleasure to introduce Regina, our spectacular piano and voice teacher in Dallas, TX!
Regina, Piano and Voice Teacher in Dallas, TX
Educational/Performance Background: Regina holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Dale Dietert. Regina completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she studied with soprano, Linda Poetschke. She started her musical journey at a young age, singing in the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio for 12 years. Regina has twice been a semi-finalist in the Texoma NATS competition and won first place in her division at the South Texas NATS competition. Regina has sung concerts with the Texas Baroque Ensemble around the state of Texas including Handel’s Messiah and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Regina was the 2017 recipient of the Roy and Sue Johnson Opera Theatre Award. In the summer of 2017, Regina traveled to Taos, New Mexico to perform the role of Susanna in the opera The Singing Violin for the Cultural Institute at SMU-in-Taos and most recently to South Africa to perform the opera Wading Home, a work she premiered in 2016.
Teaching Background:   Regina is very passionate about working with students of all ages. Regina’s teaching career began working with choirs and small ensembles, preparing them for contest and concert including internships with local choruses. During her student teaching, she discovered a love for working with students one on one and began tutoring students in music theory/sight-reading as well as preparing them for local and state competitions. Regina has taught private voice and piano lessons since 2014. Still fueled by a passion for working with groups and ensembles, Regina has taught musical theatre and piano group classes and camps as well as directed children’s musicals. In addition to musical theatre, Regina has also taught general music in private and charter schools.
Personality/Teaching Style:   Regina has a very bubbly and outgoing personality. Her students can oftentimes be found laughing in their lessons because she loves to make things fun and enjoyable. Throughout her training, Regina had many difficulties to overcome in her vocal technique. Her experiences have given her a unique perspective that has strengthen her ear to various vocal faults and in turn makes it possible for her to tailor lessons to individual students and truly improve each student’s unique voice.
Special Skills:   Although Regina is classically trained, she is able to teach various genres including opera, pop, jazz, and gospel. Regina has worked with ages 3-35 and prides herself in being adaptable. Regina will do anything in her power to help her students and if she doesn’t know an answer she will take every step to figure it out. Regina sees herself as a lifelong learner and believes she learns just as much from her students and they do from her. Regina currently maintains her personal musical expression by singing as a cantor at a catholic parish and in local cover bands.

What others are saying about Regina:

Regina utilizes healthy vocal technique, and she incorporates both her performance and education background to create a great teaching experience. – Dallas, TX
Regina is extremely professional, she is engaging and precise, and she has a great personality. – Dallas, TX

If you choose to invite Regina into your home for piano or voice lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.
Click here if you have questions and would like to talk to us about scheduling a trial lesson with Regina. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!
 

Teacher Spotlight: Chris – Guitar Teacher in Allen, TX

We are so pleased to introduce Chris, our fabulous guitar teacher in Allen, TX!

Educational Background

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.  He began playing guitar in high school, although his background with music goes back to playing piano as a child and early adolescent attempts to write “Weird” Al Yankovic-style parody songs.  He has been a performer throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the last several years, including past regular gigs at venues such as the Tower Club, The Joule Hotel, and the Embassy Suites in Frisco.

Teaching Background

Chris has experience providing lesson content in both an in-person and online environment. He enjoys working with students in person and also runs a successful online lessons site for his own fingerstyle arrangements of popular music.

Personality/Teaching Style

Chris loves seeing students develop a deep and lasting passion for the guitar! He wants every student to feel at ease and comfortable while learning and make their lessons a fun and engaging experience. To this end he likes to learn each student’s individual goals and shape the teaching to their interests.

What others are saying about Chris:

Chris is very organized, and his knowledge of different styles/tastes is impressive! – Frisco, TX

Chris is punctual, organized, and plays very well. I would refer him to anyone. – Frisco, TX

Special Skills

Chris has experience on electric, classical, and acoustic guitar and is able to teach for any of the three.  His own music interests are extremely varied, and he has experience working in many different genres, including pop, rock, classical, indie, country, folk, and R&B.

If you choose to invite Chris into your home for guitar lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Chris. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

Teacher Spotlight: Leeann – Voice, Guitar, and Piano Teacher in Denton

We’re thrilled to introduce Leeann, our voice, guitar, and piano teacher in Denton, TX!

Educational Background :

Leeann has been singing since she was able to talk. She was in choir at various ages with her school and church growing up. Leeann continued her love of music with private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar.  While developing her skills, Leeann performed anywhere she was able, including local coffee shops and worship services.

In 2016, Leeann chose to further her education in music at Texas Woman’s University, where she is currently studying music therapy.

Teaching Background :

Leeann has had the opportunity to teach English classes to children, ages ranging from four to eighteen years old, across the world. She is excited to begin teaching voice, piano, and guitar to students in Texas.

Personality and Teaching Style :

Leeann is eager to share her passion for music with students. It is her goal to inspire her students by showing them that the more they learn and dig into music, the more beautiful and amazing music will be to them. Leeann does not have a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. She sees each of her students as an individual, and her teaching style varies based on the student and what goals and desires they have for their lessons. She wants each one of her students to see progression, but feels it is important to have fun in the process. Leeann loves getting to know her students and finding out what exactly they are passionate about and how that can connect with music.

Special Skills:

Leeann has copious experience with performance and song writing. She loves helping her students discover how to incorporate their own uniqueness and creativity into what they are singing or playing, and she is passionate about teaching kids how to broaden and challenge their mind by creating and writing music.

If you are looking for voice, guitar, or piano lessons in Denton, look no further! Fill out our enrollment form and request Leeann!

Teacher Spotlight: Sidney – Violin and Piano Teacher in Midlothian

We are so pleased to introduce Sidney, our talented violin and piano teacher in Midlothian , TX!

Educational Background:

Sidney began her musical career at the age of six when she first started learning to play the violin. In the following years, she joined various youth orchestras, participated annually in summer music camps, and learned to play the piano. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX and studied Music Performance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.

Teaching Background:

Although Sidney has only been teaching music lessons since early 2017, she is very passionate about working with children and is excited to combine her love of music and teaching. She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Personality/Teaching Style:

Sidney’s goal is to spread her love of music to her students. She knows that students will learn and perform best when they are actively engaged and interested in what they are learning. As a result, she strives to teach each student according to their interests, while still providing them a solid fundamental education.

Special Skills:

Sidney loves teaching music to students of all ages and abilities. She is also very successful at teaching mathematics and music theory. She is very active in her local church where she teaches children’s classes and accompanies hymns during the services.

Sidney is a wonderful teacher. If you choose to have her come to your home for violin or piano lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Sidney. If you live in another city or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

The Importance of Effective Piano Practice

Is practicing a chore at your home? Developing consistent and effective piano practice habits is often the biggest struggle for those learning the instrument. Sometimes you just need a little help. If practicing is a struggle in your home, you could definitely benefit from our Practice Pals program. This program allows you or your child to have a Practice Leader actually practice with you three times each week! This is a great opportunity for beginning students as well as for those who have been playing for years.

Practice Pals can help teach a student how to practice the piano by walking with the student through his/her piano practice assignments throughout the week in a fun, engaging way. This will help lay a solid foundation for long-term musical success. It is crucial for a student to not only practice, but practice in such a way to make that time effective. If a student doesn’t know how to practice, much time will be wasted. Many students get discouraged due to ineffective practicing habits, leading to quitting private lessons. We have spoken with many adults who have had that experience themselves, only to regret their decision to quit music lessons.

We want to help! Practicing doesn’t have to be a chore! Give Practice Pals a try and see the amazing difference in your child’s progress! Don’t let your kid be the one who grows weary of the process and quits, only to regret that decision for the rest of their lives. Contact us today to get started with Practice Pals!

Repertoire List

Music lessons are most successful when you, the parent, are involved. We teachers are more than happy to help discover what will make your music lessons more successful. Sometimes a few small adjustments can make a huge difference. One thing that might be a good idea to discuss with your teacher is working on a repertoire list. In case you are unfamiliar with this term, repertoire (repə(r)ˌtwär) simply means the songs that the student has practiced and can perform well. Some students might be discouraged because they feel they can’t really perform if someone asks them to play. This can easily be remedied! Often students know many more songs than they realize, they just haven’t taken the time to write these songs down, so they simply forget what they are able to perform. Creating a repertoire list can be so beneficial!

  1. Writing down a list of songs that the student worked hard on and can play well works as a visual reminder of the students’ continuing progress.  
  2. Having a repertoire list makes it possible to have impromptu performances/recitals. Personal story: I was raised in a very musical family, and every type of gathering involved musical performances. As a kid I dreaded this because I never felt prepared. Oh, I had practiced plenty and had perfected many songs, but as I continued gaining new songs to work on, I easily forgot about the old ones. I didn’t know off the top of my head what I was able to play or sing. Once I sat down and made a list of all the songs I knew well, I felt much more prepared in the event someone asked me to play or sing something. And all the effort I had put toward my musical development finally started paying off.
  3. Adding songs to one’s repertoire can work as a great motivator. Maybe a student has 5 songs in his repertoire. Well, set a goal! Encourage him to get 10 songs on the list! Reward him for doing so! (This reward may or may not cost money, depending on what you prefer.) Adding songs to a students’ repertoire list can be such a feeling of accomplishment.

Don’t be afraid to set goals with your child! Was practicing a struggle last year? What can be done to turn that around? Of course Starlight has an incredible Practice Pals program that you can take advantage of. Practicing is non-negotiable when it comes to developing a skill, especially music. Have you ever met an amazing athlete who only participates in games? No, great athletes practice, practice, practice! What about spelling? What child wins a spelling bee without practice? What child learns to read well without lots of practice? Do you know a computer programmer, writer, dancer, gymnast, public speaker, actor, etc? These people don’t become great without much practice. Music is no different.

 

Not only will practice help the student progress musically, but the diligence that must be learned in order to commit and practice regularly will absolutely transfer to other parts of life.

So go ahead, have the courage, commitment, confidence, and persistence to make this year a better year! Make that repertoire list and start adding to it! Happy performing!