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Dunfee School of Music strives for excellence and MASTERY at each level of music instruction, incorporating duets, chord charts, and ear training.
Carol's students have a distinct, polished sound, which comes from her unique approach. Students master a level before being promoted to the next level. While new music is added each week, review songs are included in the students' practice repertoire for weeks after fluency is achieved. The review songs become like "old friends" which they can relax with after putting extra mental effort into learning their new pieces. The result is a satisfied, musical student. Carol Dunfee began teaching music in 1996. Her passion is teaching students to become true musicians. While piano is her favorite instrument, she has also taught preschool music, as well as orchestra, choir, and band.
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The benefits of music lessons apply to ALL areas of life! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
The dedication and self-discipline required by serious music study will help a student succeed in whatever field they choose to pursue. The emotional language a student learns from music study will give him an outlet to help handle life's pressures.
Do your students fight you when it's time to practice? Add practicing to their chore chart. It takes the pressure off the parent and puts it back on the student, which is a win/win situation.
Now open for business!! Teaching lessons in piano using a traditional approach in addition to chording and improvisation. Denali PEAK and IDEA students welcomed, too!
What kind of music inspires you? Is there a song that shakes you to the core? Share that with your music teacher. He/she would love to help you make the music that moves you.
School-year contracts are coming in! Remember, your spot is not secure until I have your signed contract in hand!!
Even beginners can play musically. Once the mechanics of a song are mastered, the next step is to give the song direction and shape. This is the stage most students enjoy best!
Classical music helps you master the mechanics of an instrument. Music theory helps you understand what is going on in the music and create your own. With those foundations, the sky is the limit!
I hear that Fred Meyer has 70-sheet spiral notebooks on sale for 19 cents. This is what I ask my students to bring to their lessons, so get them while they are cheap!
After-school lessons are filling up quickly! I will start a waiting list soon. I do have more homeschool lessons available.
How to Make Your Child's Music Experience Wonderful 1. DON'T EXPECT THEM TO REMEMBER TO PRACTICE ON THEIR OWN. While this may work for the first few weeks, it will not last. Most students are simply not structured enough to set aside daily, quality practice time on their own. The temptations of hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing video games, or goofing off are just too hard for them to resist. 2. DON'T EXPECT THEM TO ENJOY LESSONS WHEN THEY HAVE NOT PRACTICED. Nothing is more frustrating to a student than walking into a lesson and not being able to play any of their songs correctly. The biggest reward of music study is MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. Teachers try to capitalize on the student's progress by making beautiful music in their lessons. When the student cannot play through a single song without multiple mistakes, they are robbed of the rewards of music and neither student nor teacher has a great time. 3. DON'T ASSUME THE STUDENT WILL NATURALLY FOLLOW THE TEACHER'S INSTRUCTIONS. Many teachers write out the page numbers of the songs to be learned, the goals to be achieved, and the best way to practice them. I personally write out a combination of those things depending on the student. Parents should check the written instructions or attend lessons. Susie might be practicing for 30 minutes a day, but if she isn't practicing what/how the teacher instructed, she will get the same results in her lessons as though she hadn't practiced. 4. DON'T GET THEM THE CHEAPEST INSTRUMENT POSSIBLE. As a fellow parent, I totally understand the temptation to wait on a big investment until you know your student will follow through. However, a poor instrument just makes the student frustrated. Imagine a student trying to get rewarding sounds on an instrument that really belongs in a toy box. Ouch! It's better to borrow or rent a good instrument than to settle for a poor quality instrument. Music is a lifelong skill to be enjoyed. It's not as easy as it looks, but it is one of the most rewarding hobbies. I personally struggle with some of these as a parent, too. I hope to not make the same mistakes myself!!
Summer Lessons! Summer is the perfect time to begin piano lessons for the first time or to mix up your lessons with something different. I currently have openings for new/transfer students. Continuing students can stay on their current track OR try a summer of IMPROV & EAR TRAINING, which will help students pick out their favorite songs by ear, assign chords to the melody, play along with their favorite songs, and learn skills to help them learn to play the "keys" with a live band. FUN!!!!
Playing music is like building with Legos. When you have good building blocks, you can make a masterpiece. With the foundations of solid rhythm, good technique, knowledge of harmony, ear training, and reading skills, you can create inspiring music.