Larisse has been teaching for almost 25 years. She is always continuing her education in Music and Music pedagogy. Her main aim in teaching music is to encourage enjoyment and expression through music. She is influenced by the Dalcroze philosophy of teaching which includes understanding of music by less conventional means such as through movement. She hopes that in the future she can develop an original teaching method which is influenced by methods such as Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff and Suzuki as well as learning from her own studio teaching as to what works with children.
She understands the need for music students to not only enjoy their instrument in performance, but to learn and embrace music as a whole. Including reading fluency, aural skills, understanding of varied music styles/genres and to be able to gain the skills to compose their own music if they wish.
She is always trying innovative methods of teaching that are fun, hands on and interactive with other students (if possible).
Students that discover music in a fun and natural way are more likely to take their own initiative to stick to the commitment of learning music for life.
Some teachers do not teach singing until students are 12 years old but I believe that singing is very natural to the youngest learners (as I see each week with my pre-schoolers). Lessons are conducted in an age appropriate way including content of songs.
Students will learn about technique such a breathing and control of the voice through exercises. Songs taught will also develop a student's skills. Use of solfege - particularly for young learners, is encouraged. Reading of music notation is not necessary but can be helpful.
Lessons are NOT taught with a microphone.
Students who have sufficient music theory knowledge will enhance the learning of their instrument immensely.
Larisse recognises that many students view music theory study as a boring and tedious exercise (as she once felt that way herself!). So she has invented new ways that are fun, hands on and interactive with other students, to discover these concepts in a fun and natural way. Her goal is to make the discovery of music, fun!
Students will develop:
an understanding of varied music styles/genres
understand other instrument's workings
be able to gain the skill to compose their own music.
General theory rudiments
Students can learn theory integrated into their practical lesson, take a private lesson in theory or attend a group theory class.
Now taking expressions of interest for a music theory class for accelerated learning for up to 4th grade level AMEB Theory/Music Craft
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 15:00