Music house

Private lessons

One day in 2000, when I was working as a music teacher in a school, the father of John, a second grader, asked to speak with me. He seemed quite upset as he described his son's private piano lessons:

“John really wanted to learn the piano and was so excited when he began lessons. He even got into the practicing. But after a while, he just lost interest. He says lessons are boring, and it's almost impossible to get him to practice. Now he wants to quit. His mom and I are feeling so disappointed and confused. What do you think we should do?”

I'd heard so many stories like this from parents, and each time felt frustrated at not having any idea how to help them. And now John, an enthusiastic, musically gifted child who loved learning pretty much everything? Suppose we were looking at things backwards: that the problem was not John, but a flaw in the way we approach music lessons themselves? The idea for Music House was born.

Music House is based on the belief that every one of us has some type and degree of musical inclination, and that there are many ways to make music! By broadening the definition of music learning to include a variety of musical activities and experiences, Music House advocates for the right of every individual to discover and nurture their own “Inner Musician,” and to forge lifelong, personal musical connections. How does this work? 

Imagine a cozy space with all sorts of instruments: a piano, guitar, ukulele, xylophone, autoharp and more. You may choose to explore several instruments or focus on one; learn to play by ear at the piano; accompany a song on the autoharp; improvise on the xylophone. What is your natural musical inclination? I've encountered more than one budding conductor and pint-sized musicologist! This is your musical island and I will be your Genie! How would you like music to be in your life or your child's life? Music House will meet you where you are to help you find and pursue the musical path that’s right for you

After 18 years I can tell you that my experiment in a personalized approach to music learning has far exceeded my expectations. Students who have gone on to careers in music credit Music House with helping them discover their musical path. Others have forged lifelong musical connections in other ways that are profoundly gratifying—even life changing! One of my adults says that making up tunes on the xylophone is “therapeutic.” 7-year-old Emily, a prolific songwriter, tells me that Music House is so “inspiwing!” Simon, while comparing how you play a melody on the piano to how you play one on guitar suddenly blurted out, “I'm so unconfused right now!”

Music House's mission is to superglue your music learning to who you are. Nothing—absolutely nothing—will be allowed to get in the way of your love of music and why you want to be a music maker in the first place! Your musical journey will not only be a reward in the future, but soul-filling every step of the way. I look forward to sharing yourmusical adventure, whatever it may be!

There is no one “right” way to do music! Everyone has the potential to be musically engaged, and everyone’s way of doing that is different. Some people are, by their musical nature, more inclined to create; others to develop instrumental skills. Some individuals find their musical connection through learning about composers and their music; others by discovering that they can play by ear. Some people take to string instruments; others to winds or keyboard. Music learning becomes exciting and meaningful when it is tailored to the needs, interests, and readiness of each individual.

This program is invaluable for children and adults just beginning their music journey, as well as those who already play an instrument and would like to develop their ear. It is also highly recommended for students of any age who have tried and failed at traditional instrumental music lessons.

 
 
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Instrument lessons

Music House offers lessons on guitar, violin, autoharp, and beginning piano. The holistic
approach includes ear training and other experiences that develop not only instrumental
skills, but overall musicianship.

  • Weekly sessions

  • Sessions available for 30, 45 or 60 minutes

  • In person

  • For children and adults

 
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instrument discovery

Many students drop out of music lessons believing they have no musical ability, when the actual problem is that the instrument they were studying was not the right fit. At Music House, students are able to spend time exploring a variety of instruments to discover which one is best for them.

  • Weekly or bi-weekly sessions

  • Sessions available for 30, 45 or 60 minutes

  • In person

  • For children and adults

 
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Coaching for the self-taught learner

Music House offers support and guidance to learners who like to figure things out for themselves but would like some help along the way. By helping you identify your learning style and giving you tools, this approach will help you become your own best teacher.

  • Weekly or bi-weekly sessions

  • Sessions available for 30, 45 or 60 minutes

  • In person

  • For ages 18 and up