Pre-School and Elementary Age Students
Children exhibit early interest in music by playing the family piano and music related computer games or singing during playtime. My goal with this age group is to augment exploration and enjoyment of music while providing instruction in organized and consistent practice habits.
Young piano students, even those who are not yet reading, learn with the Faber Piano Adventures Series including the outstanding "My First Piano Adventure" along with supplemental music.
I teach young instrumentalists the Recorder Karate method before introduction to beginning flute.
Middle School Students
These exciting years can lead to a lifelong interest in music for children. My approach to teaching this age group includes modeling good practice habits, teaching proper instrumental or piano technique including memorized scales, and coaching the artistry of personal expression through music.
Instrumentalists entering middle school may have the opportunity to enter the school band program. Students who do not participate in school band programs benefit from my private lesson instruction. I teach a curriculum including basic instrumental performance skills, music theory and music history.
High School Students
Teen students begin to set long term goals for their education. While some choose to study music, others will view music as an enjoyable supplement to their pursuits. My instruction with this age group is interactive, allowing students to direct some lesson content, while maintaining achievable expectations. Advanced technique, music interpretation and music analysis are added to lesson content.
I encourage instrumentalists who participate in band to assume leadership roles within their school music programs. Some students audition for community orchestras and bands. High school students who do not participate in band programs will benefit from my private lesson instruction that provides a curriculum including music theory and history.
All students may participate in studio recitals, flute choir, and standardized annual assessments administered through Michigan MusicTeachers Association.
High school students become role models for younger students and assume senior positions within my studio.
My adult students have said:
"I always wanted to play the piano. Now that my kids are in school I have the time."
"Now that I'm retired I have decided to begin playing an instrument."
"Playing the piano is something my parents made me do as a child. Now I want to play for my own enjoyment!"
"I want to take lessons along with my daughter so that we can enjoy the experience together!"
It is never too late to begin music study.
The Decker Music Studio features supplemental learning experiences for all students including:
Annual Standardized (Michigan Music Teachers Association) Testing
Lessons in Music Theory and/or Music History
Music Ensemble Rehearsals and Performances
Community Service and Outreach through Music