1. Private lesson teachers model a professional sound on their instrument. How do babies learn to talk? By listening to people talk. How do instrumentalists learn to play with a characteristic sound? By hearing a characteristic sound.
I am certified to teach:
General Music Marching Band Concert Band Orchestra Choral Music Strings Music Theory Keyboards Jazz Ensemble Wind Ensemble Choir when I graduate next month.
I also have extensive experience with many instruments, voice, and ages of students. I do admit my proficiency is best with clarinet, piano, guitar, saxophone, and voice. However, to model the professional sound, there is YOUTUBE. I can direct students to resources that will assist them. Further, I will provide immediate feedback, universal musical direction, valuable recital experience, practice tips which will keep your child's skills up during the summer months!
Contact me today to set up your lesson time!
Ms. Karen Yonkers
Finding different ways to play the same thing.
I wanted this piano student to work on coordination of hands in a simple exercise. Instead of playing it in the same place over and over, we gradually widened the gap, playing higher and lower on the piano. When we came to the extreme outer octaves, she felt she could reach better by kneeling in front of
the piano. (pictured below)
What to do when your student doesn't practice! For this piano student, we looked at a new piece in several different youtube renditions, which did lead us to some pretty hilarious critical analysis along the way. Here is an two piano, eight hand arrangement of Beethoven in which one side of the split screen shows a mirror image. Can you tell which one?
Other things I have done when students haven't practiced, forgot their music, or just for fun:
* sight reading
* duets with me
* playing by ear (that can give you a headache, if you're not careful)
Hey, whatever works!
Have a great weekend!
I know we are all watching for spring here in the Midwest USA. It was snowing when I arrived home from church tonight! ENOUGH ALREADY!
So, here is something FUN to watch while we wait. I do believe that, similar to athletes, musicians enjoy challenging themselves to a higher and higher level of performance. The man in the video below, Daron Bradford*, did just that!
Professor Bradford set a goal to break his previous record of 25 different instruments played by ONE PERSON in a single composition!
And he DID IT! He played 30, yes, you read that right!
THIRTY DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS PLAYED BY ONE SINGLE PERSON IN ONE SINGLE PIECE!
CHECK IT OUT!
* Adjunct Professor of woodwinds at BYU College of Fine Arts and Communication, in Provo, Utah.
At least he was as of 2015 when this was recorded.
Hello all fellow musicians, students, colleagues and friends,
I thought an update would be appropriate as I am in my final weeks of student teaching. My internship began with River City Scholars, a NHA charter K-8, where I taught general music K-5 and 6-8 music appreciation and band. My mentor was a Calvin alumni herself, Kate Harkema. Her husband, Joe, used to play bassoon at Calvin, and we sat together during 2012-13 school year.
I am now midway through an internship at Wyoming Jr and Sr High Schools with the band program. My last classroom day is May 11, but I plan to add a couple rehearsals as I am conducting a piece for both Jr. High and Sr. High ensembles on their spring concerts. My mentor teacher is Shawn Gurk, and Jane Detweiler, who shares conducting duties. So the students luckily have three conductors for extra coaching and encouragement!
At the same time, I have continued with several private students, and am playing piano for various congregations' worship services in GR. I have missed playing with Rockford, Calder City and Sam's Swing bands, but did catch a couple rehearsals and performances during the winter and early spring (which is looking like winter still)
I will again be busy accompanying Solo and Ensemble for District 10 students on April 21 next week. I also have a piano student who is participating this year.
For my students: recital is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at St. Luke's 3 pm. Students should arrive by 2:30 to warm up, get the feel of the piano, and prepare mentally. Invite friends and family. Reception to follow.
Summer lesson sessions begin June 13. I am accepting students for Wednesdays and Thursdays this year. No weekends. Weekly lessons not necessary. Some students just come every other week. No repercussions for missing due to vacation. The purpose is to keep skills growing, and to prepare a piece for summer recital. I highly encourage participation in recitals, they are a fun, relaxed, sharing time for family and friends. The summer recital is Friday, August 17th at 3, with students arriving by 2:30 pm. Special party planned afterward this year...more details to come!
Please don't hesitate to call or ask questions here. I have been busy, but plan to check my site questions more frequently now that things are winding down a bit!