» Miriam E.

New York City-based Music Teachers. Private Online Music Lessons Anywhere. New York City: In-Home and Online. Any Instrument. Most popular: Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Singing.

Miriam E.

Miriam E.

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What is your teaching philosophy?

A child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for music will always be the most powerful tool for teaching. I let the student lead the way and choose songs they are most passionate about. From there, I guide them step by step, helping them hone their skills and love for learning.

In your opinion, what is the right way to teach and what do you do in your lessons that makes you a good teacher?

The right way to teach is to find a middle ground. The student must initially be very excited about what they are learning. From there, we can start to deconstruct and add more elements. For example, we choose a song they love and then build on it by getting into the music theory, chord structure, rhythms, and some notation. We also incorporate theoretical aspects after learning by ear. This to me is a great technique to keep the student engaged: learn the “technical side” of music, but also sneak in a lot of theory in a fun way.

How many years have you been teaching music lessons?

It has been seven years, which I have enjoyed tremendously.

What are you most proud of in your musical career?

Starting my own record label, releasing my record, and being able to tour around the country.

What’s the best compliment you have ever gotten as a music teacher?

A student once said to me after a lesson: “This is the most fun time I’ve ever had.” I was so touched by this comment because my goal is not just to teach, but also to do it in the most engaging and interesting way possible.

What country have you travelled to that you like the most and why?

Cuba. Its traditions, music, and culture are extraordinary and remind me of my motherland, Venezuela. I particularly enjoyed meeting the people. They made me realize that no matter where we live, we are all basically all the same. And music brings everyone together!

What languages do you speak?

English, French, and Spanish.

If you could perform with any musician (alive or dead), who would it be and why?

Buffy Sainte-Marie. This wonderful singer/songwriter is a legend of protest music and a big hero of mine.

Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies? If so, tell us about it.

I have been tap dancing since I was 10. It requires lots of coordination, agility, and a good ear — all the skills that a musician needs.

What are you currently listening to on the radio, iPod, iTunes, Spotify, etc.?

Richie Havens – Mixed Bag