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Karen M.

Sewell, NJ

$60/hour

Music Teacher/Voice/Piano/Theory/General Music

In-person lessons
10+ Hours
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$60/Hour


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Immaculata University
Music Education
Villanova University - Orff Level I
Graduate Coursework
Ashland University - Curriculum Design and Temple Univ - Choral Conducting
Graduate Coursework

Education

Immaculata University (Music Education)

Villanova University - Orff Level I (Graduate Coursework)

Ashland University - Curriculum Design and Temple Univ - Choral Conducting (Graduate Coursework)

About Karen

I am a music teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. I started in Massachusetts where I maintained a private studio of 16-18 private voice and piano students. I have lived in New Jersey for 8 years and teach general music in private schools as well as direct music at a local church. My experience includes a lot of vocal and choir work with groups as young as elementary school and older adults in a church choir. As part of my teaching philosophy, I believe that everyone learns differently and there is no such thing as "one size fits all." I tailor each student's lesson to their ability, desire and goals. In addition to my music education degree from Immaculata University, I am also certified in the Orff Schulwerk process where music and movement combine and enhance creativity. I am a music teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. I started in Massachusetts where I maintained a private studio of 16-18 private voice and piano students. I have lived in New Jersey for 8 years and teach general music in private schools as well as direct music at a local church. My experience includes a lot of vocal and choir work with Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

I would charge $75/hr for a group.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Sewell, NJ 08080
In-person lessons
Music:
Ear Training, General Music,
Music History, Music Theory, Piano,
Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
History:
Music History

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General Music

General music should be available to all. Music encompasses all subjects. Music is art, history, math, science, language, poetry, physical education, and most important - beauty. I teach music because I passionately believe in its importance in everyone's life and how it can enhance other subject areas.

I've been teaching for 18 years and am currently teaching preK-8 general music. I hold a certificate in Early Childhood Music from the Kodaly Center of America and I have completed my Level I Orff Schulwerk certificate. These specialties compliment my music education degree.

My philosophy is that music is dance and dance is music -- you can't have one without the other. This is especially true for preschool and elementary grades. Musical concepts are taught through the use of games, songs, movement activities and instruments. My curriculum is geared to hopefully instill a love of music for a lifetime.

Piano

I believe that music should be available for everyone. My piano studio has had students as young as 4 years old and as old as 79. I have been teaching piano for 15 years. While in Massachusetts, I kept a private studio of about 18 students, and I had a waiting list. I was also able to retain my students for many years. Since moving to New Jersey, I have kept fewer private clients while I both worked and continued my education.
I personally have played since elementary school, and I was one of the student accompanists for my high school. I have studied both classical and jazz piano. As a general music teacher, I have to accompany my choral groups regularly.
My piano lessons are planned for the individual student in mind. There are many different methods, books, and styles of music to chose from, and I take the time to get to know the student in order to determine what materials would be best.

I believe the basic elements of music, beat and rhythm, need to be internalized and therefore, especially with my work with children, part of the lesson is away from the piano and moving on the floor. I include some singing and percussion instruments in the lesson as well. We also begin to improvise.

With adult learners, I usually ask specifically what their interests and goals are for playing the piano. From there we can choose pieces of music that will heightened their interest and level. Simply left handed chords are introduced rather quickly so they can "get to the music" as soon as possible.

With all students, lessons would include some finger exercises, music theory and music history as appropriate. Excersies to reduce tension are also discussed as is proper technique. The goal always being to instill a love of music.

As students advance, they will learn more about phrasing and breathing as a pianist. They will learn the difference between "playing" music and "making" music. This will include a more extensive interpretation of the music.

Voice (Music)

Voice has been my primary instrument since high school. I have studied with many teachers and have gained a vast knowledge of how the voice works and most importantly about vocal health. To ensure that my own learning never stops, I still study voice myself on a part time basis with Dolores Ferraro.

My goal is to help students develop their own unique instrument to its fullest potential. I don't believe you can compare any one voice to another as we each have our own unique sound. The voice is developed through vocal exercises which are then used in various songs. I am open to using music in a variety of genres to keep students interested.

Breath control is extremely important when learning how to sing. In the individual lesson you will learn proper breathing techniques and how to support your sound. You will also learn about where to breath in the music and when it's important not to take a breath.

Another important aspect of singing is to stay loose. Any tension in your body can interfere with your sound. We'll talk about tension and learn how to get rid of it.

Finally, we'll learn about voice placement. Singing in your head voice, free of any tension, is best. We'll examine the head voice and chest voice and talk about the differences and when to use them appropriately.

The voice is the one instrument that everyone has and I believe we can all learn how to sing properly.

Immaculata University
Music Education
Villanova University - Orff Level I
Graduate Coursework
Ashland University - Curriculum Design and Temple Univ - Choral Conducting
Graduate Coursework

Education

Immaculata University (Music Education)

Villanova University - Orff Level I (Graduate Coursework)

Ashland University - Curriculum Design and Temple Univ - Choral Conducting (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I would charge $75/hr for a group.

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 30 miles of Sewell, NJ 08080.