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The Musik Planet


The Musik Planet is a music lessons studio in Riverside, California providing Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drum, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet and Trumpet lessons.  

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The Musik Planet


The Musik Planet is a music lessons studio in Riverside, California providing Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drum, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Violin, Cello, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet and Trumpet lessons.  

Welcome to The Musik Planet  

Serving Riverside for Over Six Years!  

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The Musik Planet is a music lessons and recording studio in Riverside, California.  ...Click here to find out more about The Musik Planet Recording Studio... We offer qualified, seasoned instructors that enjoy training and teaching music.  With 10 dedicated teachers, we offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, drum lessons, voice lessons, group choir lessons, violin, viola and cello lessons, and flute, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone lessons.  We also teach music theory, music composition, improvisation, beginner jazz, and bass guitar.  Along with musical instruments, we teach  Pro-Tools, Sonar, and recording techniques.  Our music studio specializes in private instruction with lessons tailored to individual needs and level of experience.  We teach the beginner to the advanced, children to adult.

New Voice Classes Starting Soon!

Five Hours of Instruction Every Week or 20 hours per month for only $229.  

Mondays, 9am to 2 pm each week, 4 weeks a month. 

Come for the entire five hours each week or for any combination of time.  

Discounts for three month commitment.

Three month commitment rate $599.  Includes free book.  

Not a group class.  

Sign up at the studio or call 951-329-2264

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New Guitar Classes Starting Soon!

Five Hours of Instruction Every Week or 20 hours per month for only $229.  

Sundays, 9am to 2 pm each week, 4 weeks a month. 

Come for the entire five hours each week or for any combination of time.  

Discounts for three month commitment.

Three month commitment rate $599.  Includes free book.  

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Did you know that The Musik Planet is a Founding School and a testing center for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program?  Click here to find out more...

 

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What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.

 

We believe in Opportunities to Perform

At The Musik Planet, we believe that regular showcases and performances are the key to success for the novice and the serious student.  Those that want to enhance their studies will want to take advantage of performing in front of a non-threatening audience for experience. 

We encourage our instructors to perform and enhance their success as well.  We encourage involvement with local music organizations so the students of teachers have opportunities to enroll in festivals,  recitals,  certificate of merit, local competitions,  etc.  These experiences give students experience and great resume reference for their future in any field they choose. 

 

Some Words About Teaching

Did you know that negative comments can actually reinforce wrong performance?  In my experience with teaching piano, I have found that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative.    In commenting to children and adults, I try to get them to see the desired results.  This helps them to visualize and stir their creative juices with positive reinforcement.  

For example, "I like how you hit this passage, and counted this part.  Let's carry that to this passage and phrasing."   

And, "Let me demonstrate for you.  Watch how I count this.  Now let's try it together."  

My philosophy is to help depict success and how to constructively change a weak performance to a strong musical one.  University psychology studies have proven that pointing out wrongful and negative performance is not nearly as effective as bringing about desired change by giving positive comments.   I remember hearing that the average child in the home receives only one positive response for every twenty-one negative responses. I heard this early on in my teaching career, but I always taught by positive reinforcement.   I have continued to teach with positive reinforcement these past thirty years.   Positive comments build confidence and the desire to do better.  I choose to teach success, not stress. 

Loraine Plante

 

Musical Theory: Do I Need To Know It?   Aside from the academic study of music theory, which explores the theories surrounding music issues, such as whether or not a piece of music fits into one category or another, music theory is really the nuts and bolts of music...          read more

 

Piano lessons, why an electric keyboard just won't do.  read more

 

Why learn classical? Classical music requires a strong knowledge of music and as well as skill in playing an instrument. Knowledge of music ...  read more

 

Use the drop down list below to purchase lessons in single, one month, or three and six month increments.  And if you are purchasing a gift certificate just let us know in the description and we will send you a nice certificate too!

 
Lesson Options
 

Is there a birthday coming up? Or do you just feel giving?  Buy a gift certificate for someone special and give them the gift of music. 

 

Announcements 

  • Our Friday Night performance in October will be held on October 24 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

 

Looking for a rental instrument?  Rent Your Instrument Now

***just click the above link to check stock and prices and rent your instrument online, then just come down to our studio and pick it up! It's easy and it saves time! 

 

Celebrating 5 Years!

The Musik Planet has been serving Riverside students since August of 2008!

Private Lessons

With ten teachers, The Musik Planet offers private lessons for a wide range of instruments.

A Nice Place to Learn

We strive to maintain an environment conducive to learning. 

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Musik Planet Teachers


Musik Planet teachers offer piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons banjo lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, cello lessons, clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons.  

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Musik Planet Teachers


Musik Planet teachers offer piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons banjo lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, cello lessons, clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons.  

Loraine Plante

Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello

Loraine and her husband Chris are the owners of The Musik Planet.  Loraine has been teaching piano for most of her adult life, but we really can't say how long (I'm going to anyway - 36 years) since that would give you an idea of how old she is.  (Now I am in trouble!)  Loraine is an Active member of The Music Teachers Association of California and a member of The American College of Musicians.  Loraine was recently named a founding teacher for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program and the studio, The Musik Planet, was named a founding school for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program.   She has a Bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach in Vocational Arts.

Joshu Reyne

Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute

Education California Baptist University (Riverside, CA) 2006-2008 Pursuing performance degree in Flute/Violin Performance Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA) 2008 Pursuing performance degree in Flute/Violin Performance List of Instructors: Mary Oppermann Pam Vliek-Martchev  Todor Pelev  Jack Krumbein  Skills and Methods -Melodious and Progressive Studies -Taffenel et Gaubert: 17 Daily Exercises -Flute Fundamentals by Mary Karen Clardy -Suzuki Violin Method -Carl flesch Scale Method -Left Hand Technique for Violin by Ruggiero Ricci   I thoroughly enjoy teaching music to others, whether it be flute or violin.  Music can take people to a completely different place, to a completely different level; and through our playing musical instruments we can really experience life more fully.  It's never too late to begin learning how to read music or how to play an instrument.  When I teach my students, I bring music theory, practice, and experience to the lesson.  I have played with various ensembles, from small trios to large orchestras throughout the inland empire and some of Los Angeles.  I have been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing and top notch teachers, such as San Bernardino Symphony's Concertmaster, Todor Pelev.  I have worked with people all at different ages.  I use solid teaching books and methods with my students to make their practice at home a lot easier.  Music can be for anyone, whether you're a business professional or a school teacher; if you have had an interest in playing an instrument or perhaps you used to play a long time ago, I encourage you to really consider  making music part of your life and see what it can do for you.  Joshue is a teacher for the Musik Planet's Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program

Education

California Baptist University (Riverside, CA) 2006-2008

Pursuing performance degree in Flute/Violin Performance

Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA) 2008

Pursuing performance degree in Flute/Violin Performance

List of Instructors:

Mary Oppermann

Pam Vliek-Martchev 

Todor Pelev 

Jack Krumbein 

Skills and Methods

-Melodious and Progressive Studies

-Taffenel et Gaubert: 17 Daily Exercises

-Flute Fundamentals by Mary Karen Clardy

-Suzuki Violin Method

-Carl flesch Scale Method

-Left Hand Technique for Violin by Ruggiero Ricci
 

I thoroughly enjoy teaching music to others, whether it be flute or violin.  Music can take people to a completely different place, to a completely different level; and through our playing musical instruments we can really experience life more fully.  It's never too late to begin learning how to read music or how to play an instrument.  When I teach my students, I bring music theory, practice, and experience to the lesson.  I have played with various ensembles, from small trios to large orchestras throughout the inland empire and some of Los Angeles.  I have been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing and top notch teachers, such as San Bernardino Symphony's Concertmaster, Todor Pelev.  I have worked with people all at different ages.  I use solid teaching books and methods with my students to make their practice at home a lot easier.  Music can be for anyone, whether you're a business professional or a school teacher; if you have had an interest in playing an instrument or perhaps you used to play a long time ago, I encourage you to really consider  making music part of your life and see what it can do for you.  Joshue is a teacher for the Musik Planet's Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program

Norberto Olivarria

Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo

Norberto teaches piano and composition and has an A.A.  Music, A.S. Science and is currently working on a B.A. in Music Composition & Guitar Performance.

Norberto began his musical career at Riverside Community College, where he studied classical guitar and piano.  After obtaining both his A.A. in Music, and A.S. in Science, he transferred to Cal State San Bernardino, where he is currently working on his B.A in both Music Composition, and Guitar Performance. Norberto plans to obtain a Masters Degree in Electronic Music Composition.

Related Ensembles and Directors:

CSUSB Classical Guitar Ensemble – Stewart Green 

R.C.C. Classical Guitar Ensemble – Peter Curtis

R.C.C. Piano Instructor – Jasminka Kenecht and Norma Townsend

Norberto has been studying piano for 17 years, and guitar for 15 years. His primary interest and focus is towards recording and producing, along with and synthetic sound. His ever growing collection of synthesizer keyboards and home recording studio is the basis for his own musical compositions and career. His YouTube channel has become a popular resource for other electronic music enthusiasts and Roland synthesizers.

As a well studied musician and composer; Norberto has written songs and collaborated with several local bands and artists, including his own, Prime Matter Sublimation. His musical influences include a large spectrum of genre and styles; ranging from the Beatles all the way to works likeSwitched on Bach.  Norberto is a teacher for The Musik Planet's Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program.

Watch and listen to a sample of Norberto's work here 

 

Caitlin Tibbetts

Voice, Piano

Caitlin’s entrepreneurial spirits led her to set educational goals in both music and business; and continues to play a part in her original songwriting and self study. As a voice instructor and coach, she has incorporated a modern approach to understanding the vocal instrument with applied music theory for vocalists. Caitlin’s classical training combined with these new techniques, enables her to teach a broad spectrum of vocal genre, including; opera, musical theater, world, jazz, pop, rock, country, alternative, and children’s music. Her background in Musical Theater, and other choreographed venues, makes her a positive source for performance and stage techniques. With 15 years of experience in piano/vocal training and performance she currently enjoys her teaching career and is now learning to play the guitar and violin.  Caitlin is a teacher for the Musik Planet's Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program Past Instructors and Groups: Joyce Norton – Private Instructor Rita L. Pithy – Private Instructor Amy VanWinkle – Prescott Highlights Show Choir Cheryl Moran – Theater Director Jill McMann – Private Instructor Dr. Will Fisher – Angelorum Women’s Chorale Dr. Song Lee – Private Instructor Dr. Susane Reed – Private Instructor Dr. Tom Jenkins – CBU Master Chorale Dr. Randall Tweed – GCC Master Chorale Norberto Olivarria – Private Instructor "Music is the harmonious voice of creation; an echo of the invisible world."  - Giuseppe Mazzini Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District 2004 - 2006 El Cajon, CA  Major: Business Minor: Music California Baptist University 2001 - 2003 Riverside, CA  Graduated Student status: Alumni Degree: Music Major: Music Yavapai College 1998 - 2000 Prescott, AZ  Graduated: moved on to Cal Baptist Major: General/Music See Caitlin singing here  

Caitlin’s entrepreneurial spirits led her to set educational goals in both music and business; and continues to play a part in her original songwriting and self study. As a voice instructor and coach, she has incorporated a modern approach to understanding the vocal instrument with applied music theory for vocalists. Caitlin’s classical training combined with these new techniques, enables her to teach a broad spectrum of vocal genre, including; opera, musical theater, world, jazz, pop, rock, country, alternative, and children’s music. Her background in Musical Theater, and other choreographed venues, makes her a positive source for performance and stage techniques. With 15 years of experience in piano/vocal training and performance she currently enjoys her teaching career and is now learning to play the guitar and violin.  Caitlin is a teacher for the Musik Planet's Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program

Past Instructors and Groups:

Joyce Norton – Private Instructor

Rita L. Pithy – Private Instructor

Amy VanWinkle – Prescott Highlights Show Choir

Cheryl Moran – Theater Director

Jill McMann – Private Instructor

Dr. Will Fisher – Angelorum Women’s Chorale

Dr. Song Lee – Private Instructor

Dr. Susane Reed – Private Instructor

Dr. Tom Jenkins – CBU Master Chorale

Dr. Randall Tweed – GCC Master Chorale

Norberto Olivarria – Private Instructor

"Music is the harmonious voice of creation; an echo of the invisible world."  - Giuseppe Mazzini

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

2004 - 2006
El Cajon, CA 
Major: Business
Minor: Music

California Baptist University

2001 - 2003
Riverside, CA 
Graduated
Student status: Alumni
Degree: Music
Major: Music

Yavapai College

1998 - 2000
Prescott, AZ 
Graduated: moved on to Cal Baptist
Major: General/Music

See Caitlin singing here

 

Kevin Hooper

Drums

Kevin has been playing percussion for over 15 years now.  He has been jazz trained for the last eight years and has studied with people like Peter Erskine (The Weather Repost, Independent Jazz Musician, Professor of Jazz at USC), Daniel Glass (Royal Crown, Daniel Glass Trio, writer, studio musician) and David Box (Professor of Music at La Sierra University).

Kevin has played with many different musical groups in Southern California.  He enjoys playing every walk of music and styles from jazz, classic rock, blues, hip hop, to reggae.

 

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Donato McDermott

Guitar, Bass Guitar & Piano 

Donato is a graduate of Musicians Institute of Los Angeles.  He currently studies classical guitar and music theory under Peter Curtis at Riverside Community College.  Donato has performed with the RCC Jazz Ensemble and plays first guitar for the Riverside Classical Guitar Ensemble.  He also records and performs regularly all over Southern California with several Los Angeles music groups. See some of his work here

 

Mario Gutierrez

Clarinet Alto & Tenor Sax

Professional Activities:

  • Performance in France: Nice, Paris and Euro Disneyland 1994
  • Hollywood Christmas Parade 1994
  • Bands of America Grand Nationals, Indiana 1994
  • Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998
  • Bands of America Southeast Regional, Georgia 1998 
  • Campaign Fundraiser performance for Mary Bono and former President Gerald Ford at the Mission Inn, Riverside 1998
  • Performance tours in Washington, Montana, and Idaho 1997
  • Performance in Hawaii 1998
  • Performance in Tokyo, Japan 1999
  • Participated in the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference, University of Reno, Nevada with the Riverside Community College Wind Ensemble in 2000
  • Participated in the College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference, University of Reno, Nevada with the Cal-State University of Fullerton Wind Ensemble in 2004


Education:
May 2007    Bachelor of Arts-Music Education California State University of Fullerton
        Fullerton, CA
        Applied clarinet instructor: Dr. Hakan Rosengren

June 1998    Associate of Arts-Music
        Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA
        Applied clarinet instructor: Donald T. Foster 

See Mario teaching a lesson here

 

Sergio Mendez

Trumpet

Sergio Mendez has been playing trumpet for 9 years. He is currently an instructor at the high school he graduated from, Patriot High School. Patriot High School has achieved 1st place in 2A in the 2010 SCSBOA Championships and 2nd place in 3A in the 2011 SCSBOA Championships. He is both a music and visual instructor at Patriot and is a student at the University of California Riverside.
Sergio has performed with Patriot High School in Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Band all four years. He played in the high school’s Jazz Band for three years and the Brass Ensemble for 2 years. Pursing new musical experience and knowledge, Sergio marched with Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008, 2009, and 2011 touring the United States and performing in venues such as the Alamo Dome, the Georgia Dome, and Lucas Oil Stadium. Sergio also has marched with the RCC Marching Tigers in there 2011 program, “A Spanish Celebration” and was in the opening act of the 2012 Rose Parade. At RCC, he has been able to work with Wayne Downey and James Rocillo.

Marcus Campbell

Marcus Campbell is a composer, and producer based out of Riverside. He is getting ready to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition and has been utilizing that education to write and has been producing music for 15 years. He has always been diligent to furthering his knowledge in all things music. After an extensive study and use of programs such as Fruityloops, Reason, and Garageband, he decided to become certified in Logic Pro 9 & X. He enjoys sharing that knowledge with others who are interested in expanding their production tools.  See Marcus's bio page here.

Marcus Campbell is a composer, and producer based out of Riverside. He is getting ready to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition and has been utilizing that education to write and has been producing music for 15 years. He has always been diligent to furthering his knowledge in all things music. After an extensive study and use of programs such as Fruityloops, Reason, and Garageband, he decided to become certified in Logic Pro 9 & X. He enjoys sharing that knowledge with others who are interested in expanding their production tools.  See Marcus's bio page here.

Mariah Campbell

Voice Teacher

Mariah has always had a deep love for music and jumped at the opportunity to study further. She received a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and is now about to finish a Masters in Vocal Performance from California Baptist University. Her vocal training started with a classical core, from there she has also learned how to use that training to achieve the sound needed for most any genre of vocal singing. She has partaken in the Riverside Lyric Opera Summer Master Class program working with trained opera professionals and coaches in diction, conducting as well as performance. She has also played the role of Buttercup in a recent production of H.M.S. Pinafore a lyric operetta. She has also performed with a Jazz Band at Disneyland several times. She strives to continue learning in her field, and also to better herself through continued study with her own vocal coach.  Her personal study of vocal technique from various instructors has allowed her to individualize the training of each student that comes her way. Each person has their own journey to make to reach their full potential or goal in mind. Her goal is to make that discovery a educational and enjoyable experience.  See her page here...

Mariah has always had a deep love for music and jumped at the opportunity to study further. She received a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and is now about to finish a Masters in Vocal Performance from California Baptist University. Her vocal training started with a classical core, from there she has also learned how to use that training to achieve the sound needed for most any genre of vocal singing. She has partaken in the Riverside Lyric Opera Summer Master Class program working with trained opera professionals and coaches in diction, conducting as well as performance. She has also played the role of Buttercup in a recent production of H.M.S. Pinafore a lyric operetta. She has also performed with a Jazz Band at Disneyland several times. She strives to continue learning in her field, and also to better herself through continued study with her own vocal coach. 

Her personal study of vocal technique from various instructors has allowed her to individualize the training of each student that comes her way. Each person has their own journey to make to reach their full potential or goal in mind. Her goal is to make that discovery a educational and enjoyable experience.  See her page here...

Brian Bingham

Guitar Teacher

Brian has been teaching at The Musik Planet for the past few years.  He is very patient and spends a lot of time in the study of classical guitar.  Here is a link to his profile.  

Brian Bingham (b.198) began taking guitar lessons when he was 13 years old. Having been motivated by classic and hard rock, he performed in various bands in high school. Towards the end of high school, Brian began studying classical guitar performance with Patrick Red at Riverside Community College. At he University of Redlands, Brian studied classical guitar under the instruction of Stuart Green. He also studied Music Composition for various ensembles under Professor and composer Anthony Suter. In 2010, Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Redlands. Brian has course-training in Musical Pedagogy and four years of teaching experience. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude for al the teachers I have had in my musical journey.  I use technology in my lessons, I know firsthand that nothing beats one on one musical instruction. My outcome is to find what inspires a student musically, and strengthen their abilities towards those achievements.”

Brian Bingham (b.198) began taking guitar lessons when he was 13 years old. Having been motivated by classic and hard rock, he performed in various bands in high school. Towards the end of high school, Brian began studying classical guitar performance with Patrick Red at Riverside Community College. At he University of Redlands, Brian studied classical guitar under
the instruction of Stuart Green. He also studied Music Composition for various ensembles under Professor and composer Anthony Suter. In 2010, Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Redlands. Brian has course-training in Musical Pedagogy and four years of teaching experience. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude for al the teachers I have had in my musical journey.  I use technology in my lessons, I know firsthand that nothing beats one on one musical instruction. My outcome is to find what inspires a student musically, and strengthen their abilities towards those achievements.”

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About Music


The Musik Planet is a Music Lessons and Recording Studio in RIverside, California.  We offer private and group piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons banjo lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, cello lessons, clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons.  

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About Music


The Musik Planet is a Music Lessons and Recording Studio in RIverside, California.  We offer private and group piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons banjo lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, cello lessons, clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons.  

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”  - Aldous Huxley 

We dedicated this page to some good articles, some of them homegrown, about the craft of music and tips on ways to improve the experience of learning.  We also thought it would be fun to give examples of various renditions of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow,' just to see how its approached in differing ways.  


Use the drop down list below to purchase lessons in single, one month, or three and six month increments.  And if you are purchasing a gift certificate just let us know in the description and we will send you a nice certificate too!

Lesson Options

Practicing Smart read more

Learning Musical Theory: Do I Need To Know It?   read more

Elements of Classical Music  read more

What is Musical Syncopation And How Does It Work?  read more

Improvising On The Piano: Jazz Musicians Do It -- Why Not Other Styles?  read more

Practicing Tips for Parents read more


Is there a right & wrong way to perform a certain piece of music?  The answer is that there are just a lot of ways to perform a piece.  See for yourself...

Katharine McPhee singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow 

Jimi Hendrix  playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow

 

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Connie Talbot singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow

And Judy Garland singing the piece in The Wizard of Oz.

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Piano Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California offers piano teachers who give private and group piano and keyboard lessons.  

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Piano Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California offers piano teachers who give private and group piano and keyboard lessons.  

"When griping grief the heart doth wound,
and doleful dumps the mind oppresses,
then music, with her silver sound,
with speedy help doth lend redress."

- William Shakespeare


Use the drop down list below to purchase lessons in single, one month, or three and six month increments.  And if you are purchasing a gift certificate just let us know in the description and we will send you a nice certificate too!

Some Lesson Options Available at The Musik Planet


Music lessons are a sure way of your child achieving confidence, concentration and math ability. One of the best ways to begin is by playing the piano. However, it can be a little frustrating if your child is not quite ready. Listed below are five questions which should be asked before beginning piano lessons.

1. What age is your child?

*Thoughts on buying a digital piano*  click here

*Piano Lessons, Why an Electric Keyboard Just Won't Do * click here

Although it is not always down to the age of your child as to whether they are ready for piano lessons, a majority of children are at a suitable age to begin piano lessons between the age of five and seven. There are those children that are ready from as young as three years old, and there are those that should wait until they are eight years old.

Even if your child meets all of the relevant criteria but remain to be young, they can begin piano lessons. 

2. How Long Is Your Child's Attention Span? 

It is essential that your child has a good attention span as they will need to have the ability to sit and pay attention for approximately half an hour for the lesson. Aside from this, the child will also need to practice for a minimum of 15 minutes every day. 

If your child can patiently sit for approximately 20 minutes and read a book or color, then they are most probably ready to begin piano lessons. However, if your child can not sit still and pay attention to anything for any length of time then it is advised to wait a little longer. Once your child is in the first grade at school, then they will certainly have a long enough attention span for piano lessons. 

3. Does Your Child Play One Note at a Time On the Piano? 

Children will more often than not simply pound piano keys, when playing for the first time, or they will play many notes at one time. However, as they develop control, it will be possible for them to play one note at a time. 

It will be possible for a child to play one note at a time as they develop the art of writing. However, your child can begin piano lessons if they start to play one note at a time on the piano before they have the ability to write.

4. Does Your Child Recognize Letters and Numbers? 

It is essential that your child knows the difference between their left and right hand, the number 1 to 5 and the letters A to G before beginning piano lessons. 

Your child will learn these skills very quickly once they are attending kindergarten. If your child recognizes these letters and numbers before kindergarten, then you may begin with piano lessons. 

5. Does Your Child Have an Interest in Music? 

It is possible that your child is ready for a more formal music instruction, if they are constantly playing the piano, banging on pots and pans or dancing to music. Weekly piano lessons need to be undertaken, therefore it is essential that the child is interested enough in music in order to continue with the lessons. 

If your child does not show an interest in music, but appears to be ready in every other way, then it may be better to wait until they are a little older before beginning piano lessons. 

Therefore, if your child recognizes letters and numbers and is interested in music, can sit for the 30 minute lessons and is playing individual notes on the piano, then your child is ready to proceed with piano lessons regardless of age. 

A majority of children are ready for piano lessons during their first grade. However, if you think that your child is not yet ready for the lessons, for whatever reason, then it is recommended to wait a while longer. 

 

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

 *Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.

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Vocal Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group voice lessons.  

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Vocal Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group voice lessons.  

"Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious."  - Virgil

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.

Use the drop down list below to purchase lessons in single, one month, or three and six month increments.  And if you are purchasing a gift certificate just let us know in the description and we will send you a nice certificate too!


Some Lesson Options Available at The Musik Planet

Tips for Healthy Singing, by Malya Muth

With all this talk about Health Care, and with the start of the cold and flu season, it’s got me thinking about different ways that singers can keep their voices and bodies healthy.

Since singing, and talking for that matter, are such intuitive and ‘thought-less’ activities in our lives, I think we take advantage of our ability to just open our mouths and sing without thinking about it until something goes wrong. Most often, when our throats get sore, or we want to express ourselves but are limited by singing problems, then we wonder - how can I avoid doing this to myself?

Yet - being aware of sensible and easy to implement practices can really help us maintain flexible, rich and healthy singing voices!

Here are some suggestions to keep in mind if you love to sing:

1. Prepare your body. Singing is a vigorous activity and requires balancing tension. You want to have tension in some places; you do not want to have it others. You need to stretch your muscles to be prepared to expand or contract in the right places. You need to stretch your neck muscles; your shoulder muscles; your back muscles, especially the upper back; and also the back of the legs. These are all the muscles you are going to be holding with. It is also a good idea to stretch your face muscles so that you do not experience getting frozen from jitters or tension. All of these things need to be flexible, warmed and ready for singing.

2. Prepare your mind. You prepare your mind by getting very focused. It is best to practice in a quiet place where you are not feeling distracted or intimidated by being heard and to not distract yourself with any other activity when you sing. Just focus on singing. You get a lot of benefits that help you focus on correct technique and it also gives you an opportunity to relax and get away from the craziness of modern society and all the technology. So definitely prepare your mind.

3. Avoid sight-reading. You want to avoid sight-reading, in other words, rather than singing through something without studying the music first you should try to sit down with your music, look at the tempo markings, look at the meter, and look at the words. The problem with sight-reading is that very often people tense their throats and kind of sing in a very constricted way. That’s a really common problem and it happens to everybody. It is better to spend a little bit of time at the piano learning your music quietly before you try to sing it through.

4. Memorize. For healthy singing memorize your music. I have talked about how to memorize your music in other blogs, but the basic ways to memorize include writing the words out by hand, speaking them in rhythm and giving them meaning by understanding the poetry and the story line of it. Get that music memorized as quickly as you can because then you can really focus on technique and building a character

5. Sing with proper breath support and posture. It is very important to sing with proper breath support otherwise you are not getting a full tone. You want to; as I said before, make sure the tension is balanced in the right place. You do not want to hold tension in your throat or your neck muscles. The way to do that is to take a nice full breath, expand your lungs, expand your ribcage and then use those muscles around the diaphragm and the ribs to hold your breath so you can use it to support your tone. Rather than using the exhaling muscles use the inhaling muscles to support that tone.

6. Posture. Posture is also very important for breath support because if your back is out of line, if your butt is sticking up in the air or your neck is off to one side or your chin up or down it throws off the support. You want to make sure your spine is straight, your neck is straight and you are standing in a way that supports being able to hold those inhaling muscles and tension.

7. Do not sing light; sing dark. What that means is do not let the tongue get flattened and held down by pulling your face muscles out to the side when you sing. A lot of people have a tendency to draw their lips out and back when they sing. Unfortunately, this cuts off the resonators. So it is very important to sing with a rounded tone, and what I mean by that is get your lips off of your teeth and out in front of you. It is kind of a megaphone affect. It allows for a beautiful resonant and clear tone to be sung and it also allows for maximum flexibility of your tongue, which needs to be vigorous in the way that you pronounce your vowels since the tongue is attached to the larynx.

8. Balance the tensions. I have mentioned this a couple of times, but it is incredibly important. Balancing the tensions means holding on in some places and letting go in other places. You need tension to sing, but the tension cannot be in your neck or in your throat muscles, or in your upper shoulders. It really needs to be lower down. The tension of holding happens in your inhaling muscles, that is your breath support muscles. It happens in your legs and sometimes in your arms or hands if you need a little bit of extra help with holding on, but it does not happen in your throat or your jaw.
9. Make sure you are singing in the correct register. You have two basic registers, your speaking register and your head register. All sound resonates in the larynx originally, but when you sing in the higher register that is going to resonate more in your sinus cavity and your pharynx, and in your mouth. When you sing quite low in sort of that belting range you want to really make sure that you are singing in a speaking register. Singing too high in your speaking register or too low in your head register will cause you problems because you will be out of balance. It will either be too loud or too soft. So very important is number one, understand what the two different registers are and then learn how to balance those registers by singing in the right register and then sort of in the middle, understanding how to add some low register to your head voice or some head resonance to your speaking range when you get in the those spots that are tricky.

10. Practicing the off-stage bit. My last rule for healthy singing is to practice the off-stage bit.

From our "what cool things can be done with a bunch of voices file... 

This fun YouTube video features a 1980s pop classic. The rock band Toto scored their biggest hit with Africa in 1982. The song is instantly recognizable. But it has been reinvented.  Perpetuum Jazzile is an a cappella jazz choir from Slovenia. It’s hard to think of something further from an ‘80s rock band. But their version of Africa may best the original. The group has amazing voices. But the beginning of this video is really striking. Group members simulate an African thunderstorm with their hands. It’s really something to see and hear.

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Drum Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group drum lessons from children to adults.

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Drum Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group drum lessons from children to adults.

"It just seem like musicians want to sell a few records and put out a perfume line, and I think it's so sad that there are so many musicians who don't want to change the world... Music has been so much more."

- Moby



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Why Kids Should Take Up Drumming

Children are indeed a precious gift who thrive off of learning and being molded. Children need to be kept busy doing constructive activities or they will find other things to get into that are not so constructive. So, what are things that children can take up to keep their minds running with positively?

Well, drumming is a great and constructive activity that children may very well enjoy doing. Why? Because they are allowed to hit things with sticks to create a melodious beat. Yes, drumming can be quite fun, and once children have the ability to hold drumsticks in their hands, they are ready to learn how to drum.

Perhaps you are wondering if there are any other good reason why you, as a parent, should tolerate the amount of noise that your child learning to drum will create. Well, there are a few other very good reasons why this may be well worth if for you as well as your child.

Constructiveness

Would you rather put up with the noise of your child drumming, or have them wander the streets doing other things that may possibly put them in danger? Drumming is a way to keep your child busy and out of trouble.

Positive Mental Stimulation

In addition to staying out of trouble, taking up and learning a musical instrument is said to be a good way to exercise the brain and stimulate mental activity, as well as possible increase IQ and intelligence. Surely, you want your child to thrive academically in school. Therefore, you will want to do all that you can to ensure this. Granted, there are other activities that would do much to promote positive mental activity in the brain of your child, drumming is one of those options. Allow your child to have fun and get 
smarter with drumming.

Get Your Children Off Of The Couch

Video games and television watching are fun activities, but not very physical. Children need both physical and mental activity. Not only will your child exercise his or her brain with drumming, but you will also be able to squeeze a good amount of physical exercise out of drumming also.

You see, drumming requires you to always be moving. Both of your arms and your legs are moving all the time. Your child will not get restless while drumming because they get to move around constantly.

Improved Coordination

If you are worried about your child being a bit clumsy, drumming can improve their coordination as well as dexterity. It is said that the more dexterity and coordination that one has, the better that person will be able to adapt in any situation thrown at them.

So, if you are worried about getting a headache from all the noise that drumming will make, think about all the positive aspects that your child will benefit from learning to play the drums. These factors far outweigh all the noise and ruckus, would not you agree?

Read "How to Become A Better Drummer." 

 

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.

Here are a few examples of a drum lesson session in progress

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Guitar Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group guitar lessons from children to adults.

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Guitar Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group guitar lessons from children to adults.

"There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent"   

- Michel de Montaigne

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments. 

* More than one instructor is usually available for most instruments allowing for best fit. 

* Open to 8 p.m. weekdays for adult schedules or kids in sports. 

* Sound buffered rooms minimizing distraction during lessons.

A few videos of electric guitar students in class...


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Some Thoughts on Beginning Acoustic Guitar

So you have decided the acoustic guitar is the instrument for you. What are the first steps to take to get your guitar playing off to a flying start? How about we cover the really basic stuff here, like what kind of music will I be playing? Am I aiming to be a professional guitarist? What type of amplifier do acoustic guitar players use, and what strings are best for which genre of music?

After we have covered these topics you will have a clear idea of the way ahead in your guitar playing career.

Right, so what is your acoustic guitar repertoire going to consist of? Which music attracted you to the acoustic guitar should really be your guide here. The most obvious acoustic genre for many people is folk music. This genre really took off as a form of popular music in the 1960's and now there's a tremendous volume of material for you to choose from. A lot of musicians who are interested in singing ballads go for the acoustic guitar because it's so easy to pick up the instrument and go ahead and sing. Providing your guitar is in tune of course. But in general the acoustic guitar is a great companion for the ballad singer because it won't compete with your vocals. 

While we are on the subject of repertoire, don't forget the acoustic guitar is ideal for singing your own simple arrangements of popular songs from many styles of music. Two examples of rock and roll songs that were hits all over again as acoustic ballads are "Layla" by Eric Clapton and "Light My Fire" originally recorded by The Doors, and reworked by Jose Feliciano.

To let your audience hear your playing, you can choose to amplify your guitar by simply playing into a microphone as classical or flamenco guitarists do, or make use of a pickup and an amplifier. The question of which amp to use is a matter for experimentation and talking it over with more experienced guitarists. Generally speaking you wouldn't need any kind of effects for acoustic guitar music; it just needs to have the volume to reach your audience in a restaurant or hall. So just bear in mind you are looking for a nice clear sound from your amp to help carry your vocals rather than set up shop in competition with them.

The choice of strings for the beginner acoustic guitarist is a no-brainer. Learn on nylon strings till your fingers are toughened up. You will form calluses on the tips of your fingers during the first few weeks of playing, after that you can start on a steel string guitar if you wish without slicing your fingers. Regarding the sound of the different kinds of strings, nylon will give you a mellow, unobtrusive sound, and steel strings have a sharper sound which demands attention from the audience. This can augment your vocals and enable you to do solos if you want to.

Now you have got the basic topics covered all that's left for you to do is enjoy your journey as an acoustic guitar player.

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Violin, Cello, & Viola Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group violin lessons, viola lessons, and cello lessons.  Our teachers also offer violin, cello, and viola ensemble lessons.   

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Violin, Cello, & Viola Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group violin lessons, viola lessons, and cello lessons.  Our teachers also offer violin, cello, and viola ensemble lessons.   

"Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."      - Samuel Butler

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.

Here's a private viola lesson in progress at The Musik Planet...


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Some Lesson Options Available at The Musik Planet

Many academics agree that learning and listening to music is highly advantageous for children, regardless of what age. Stories of lullaby's to assist with sleeping, quick tempo music played at parties motivate movement etc. 
It seems it is not only children that benefit from music but any adult. Patriotic music at conventions and sport games boost teams and moral, romantic music in films and TV programs help to generate the ambience as well. It seems that music has the power to change our mood and affect us in many ways. 

Regarding children's development, research shows that listening to music creates neural connections in the brain. These neural connections are believed to increase our intelligence. Research has also shown the connection between maths and music. Many mathematicians are also musically talented. 

Learning any musical instrument, a child is growing intellectually whilst having fun and enjoying themselves. Some parents give up on music lessons because at the time the child isn't interested however, it maybe that there are interested to start at a later time. Learning an instrument with your child is also beneficial. It will bring you closer together and strengthen bonds with your children. 

With young children, classical music is often seen as the most beneficial. It soothes and educates. Many people play classical music to their children before the child is even born as evidence shows the baby can hear and listen to what is being played in the environment. Children's songs and singing to your child is also beneficial. The effects of music on children are much more powerful than for an adult. Children are in their formative years, and therefore whatever music your child is exposed to has a much more profound result. Research undertaken about the development effects of music shows that music can help you think better. Research has concluded that music trains the brain for more complex forms of thinking. In the 1980s, a study at the University of California assessed the progress of 3 and 4 year olds. Split into 2 groups, one group was exposed to music and had training in music, whilst the other group had no training or exposure. Almost a year later, the group exposed to music were much better at solving puzzles. They scored significantly higher in intelligence tests than the non musical group. 

With school aged children, music is taught in school but only to limited levels. It is best to ensure that all types of music is apparent, both classical, pop, jazz; anything that they enjoy and you should see the signs of what genres they enjoy. Children also love to play instruments by ear. It helps audio training and strengthens memory development. The effects of instrumental music on children, as exemplified in classical music has been under much study. Documented studies from the 1930s, shows the effects of music on children. One of the better known of these studies was the Mozart Effect. Revealed in 1993, it was a study on the effect of listening to music that resulted in better exam scores. Other researchers, such as Davidson and Powell, showed the beneficial effects of background music in classrooms. 

You need to provide many outlets for the children to decide what sort of music they enjoy within their environment and they will be able to see how beneficial it is to their development. Go to concerts together, even if the style of music is not your favorite. 

Ultimately, music gives your child the opportunity to meet others, develop personally, create taste and judgment not including the intellectual benefits.

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Clarinet & Saxophone & Trumpet Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group clarinet, saxophone and trumpet lessons.  

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Clarinet & Saxophone & Trumpet Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group clarinet, saxophone and trumpet lessons.  

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC”   - Kurt Vonnegut 


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Some Lesson Options Available at The Musik Planet

The Musik Planet offers private music instruction in saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet, along with instruction for piano,  music theory, music composition,  guitar, drums, voice, violin, viola and cello.  Our Music Center specializes in private instruction with lessons tailored to individual needs and level of experience.  We teach the beginner to the advanced college prep.  Click here to visit Mario, our Clarinet and Saxophone instructor.  Click here to visit Sergio, our trumpet instructor. 

 

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.

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Flute Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group flute lessons.  

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Flute Lessons


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group flute lessons.  

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.  You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.      

 - Oliver Wendell Holmes

What to Expect with Private Lessons

* One-teacher to one-student lessons tailored to the student’s learning pace and needs.  Sessions are available in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour durations.  Call us for session rates.

* There are no registration fees, and we do not auto bill and do not ask for a last month deposit.

*Make up lessons are always available 

* Special  lessons available for accomplished musicians who need to work on specific techniques.

* These teachers teach for a living, not as a hobby. 

* Low pressure, optional performance and recitals are offered each month. 

*Weekly written lesson plans are kept so parents can see assignments.


Use the drop down list below to purchase lessons in single, one month, or three and six month increments.  And if you are purchasing a gift certificate just let us know in the description and we will send you a nice certificate too!

Some Lesson Options Available at The Musik Planet


The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

            If you are reading this passage, there are most likely a vast number of reasons you decided to  enlighten yourself.   It is simple to say however, that everyone studying this article has one reason in common: interest in the musical arts.  Whether you have been thinking about exploring this art for many years and are still not sure, or you are ready to begin  your journey, your curiosity has lead you here with so many questions and a new found thirst to know the secret to fueling this newly kindled flame.  I have been asked, friends, to write about what I know about my own personal pilgrimage in hopes to enlighten you and help you start your own relationship with music.  This is what I know.

Less Than Humble Beginnings

            Although I have played a variety of instruments throughout my life, I have proved most successful playing woodwinds, flute, to be more specific.  I can’t say it was an easy transition, having played piano for 9 years of my life, but I had been somewhat naive, believing it to be simple because of it’s plain structure.  That is my first lesson, friends: never choose an instrument because it seems the easiest, but because you have a genuine interest.  Soon enough, however, it proved me wrong, and proved to be definitely more difficult than I had imagined.  A year had gone by and I had floated along, enthusiastic about playing but never quite serious enough.  I had become somewhat cocky, being given the first chair in my high school band, feeling that I needed to practice less and less because I was “better”.  This is my second lesson: never believe you are “too good” to practice or that you are better than anyone else.  No matter how skilled you are, there is always something to refine and improve.  Another word of warning: if you simply want to learn an instrument to “show off” and “be the best”, I strongly advise you stop reading this article and spend your energy elsewhere, because it is a process and a life long discovery, not a contest.  I learned this too late, however, and upon being thrust into my first professional experience, I heard for the first time the words everyone wide-eyed young musician fears most “you’re okay, but you have allot of work to do.”  It would be a lie to say that night I didn’t cry.  It would be a lie to say I wasn’t angry at them for not seeing my potential.  And it would most certainly be a lie to say that I wasn’t disappointed in myself for not understanding what it meant to play music seriously.  From then on, I took those words and new serious outlook and  I studied hard under a brilliant teacher who taught me so many things about myself and what I was capable of and went on to accomplish a number of feats I never thought possible.  But I’m not here to write a resume, I am here to say that it is so important that you have patience and passion for this art form you are choosing, because only with virtuous patience and fiery passion can you accomplish all you’ve never thought possible. 

Musical Dont's 101

            Now, if you are reading on to this next excerpt I hope that I have at least secured your interest, and if you are still skeptical, I wish only that you read on with a partially open mind.  Here, I have optimistic beliefs that those of you curious are excited and intrigued as you should be.  This is a wonderful thing, but be warned.  There are a number of ways you can stray from the path and make learning your new instrument so much more difficult for you, and even allow yourself to become so frustrated you lose all interest in playing.  The first and most important thing both student and parent must understand is this: music is an investment of time, energy, and money.  Yes, money.  Parents, this is for you.  Please, understand that if your child shows interest in music and wants to learn to play an instrument, it is no different than if they wanted to join a recreational sport or become a dancer.  You would want to make sure they had the best quality instruction and equipment you could afford, I am sure of this.  It saddens me to see so many parents put a damper on their child’s interest just by simply giving them a terrible instrument.  Now, this is only because so many parents don’t understand that a musical instrument is not a toy; it is a precision instrument.  Meaning, in shorter terms;  when purchasing a musical instrument: Ebay is not an option.  Please understand that just because an instrument looks pristine in a photograph on the internet, does not mean it will play beautifully.  If you are unsure of whether your child will truly commit to playing, there are a number of music shops that offer great rent-to-own programs for quality instruments.  Please, mom and dad, do your homework.  I have also seen a number of young musicians with definite potential quit do to a lack of education in the field.  Parents, this also is important.  If your child shows that they have a true love for their music p lease invest in finding them a qualified teacher.  Now this doesn’t exactly mean a fancy resume, but also one that is compatible with your child’s personality type.  Your child must feel comfortable with the teacher in order to learn from them.  I myself have grown immensely from the knowledge others have given me and have prevented bad habits from forming or natural “customization” to my playing from turning into poor form that could have taken years to break Most importantly, students and parents, you must realize that practice is key.  Students, your parents are giving you a great opportunity by supporting your musical education, but only you yourself can fuel your advancement.  You must practice and perfect your mistakes until they are second nature, for music is mathematical, physical, and psychological, and this combination takes time, effort, and delicate precision to blend properly, but the results are more than worth it. 

Working Together the Right Way

            The flute, like all woodwinds, is a somewhat misunderstood instrument.  Often in music it is easy to spot if the composer didn’t understand how to write for a flute, but most commonly it is the player that misinterprets the instrument, I am sad to report.  In my time teaching, I have seen so many young students think of a flutist with potential as “the best in the band”.  This is always such a sad stereotype, but an ongoing one none the less.  What any player must understand is that to be in a band does not mean “‘YOUR INSTRUMENT HERE’ with accompaniment”, it is a combined effort, first and foremost.  No one player is above anyone else, and chair placement simply should be looked at as a matter of skill, but this does not mean one can improve over time and that noone else is as important.  Now, between the flute section, I have witnessed so much tension.  Young flutists, please understand that just because you have fast fingers doesn’t mean you deserve star treatment.  Playing quickly is simply something that comes over time, and when it comes to whomever is the most skilled, it is not a race.  And if you happen to be placed in the first or second chair of whatever group you are playing for, please remember to have grace and humility.  Do not act conceited or showy, because as the cliche says: “There is no I in Team”, and being in any kind of musical group is most certainly a team effort. 

            Friends, there is so much more that I would like to share with you, but I find this a fine ending to a great beginning, if you so let these words inspire you.  Please take what I know and have learned through so much trial and error and use it to your advantage.  But if you cannot recall anything else of what I have said throughout this article, remember this: music is one of the true pure elements we have left in the world, and if you unlock it’s secrets so many of us already have, you will never look back.  I wish you well in your musical endeavors. 

Flute Lessons in Riverside CA

Ashley Martinez

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Composition Classes


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group music composition classes

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Composition Classes


The Musik Planet in Riverside, California teachers offer private and group music composition classes

Composition Class Syllabus


Read Thoughts on Successful Songwriting by Dave Pearson, past Cal Baptist Riverside Intern at The Musik Planet


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Each section is intended to be two months long.

Part 1

Fundamentals of Music Theory

*Notes, Clefs, Intervals, Scale Degrees, Rhythm and compound meters, Key Signatures

major and minor through of fifths and fourths, 7th chords.

Part 2

Diatonic Harmony, Using major and Minor

Introduction to Harmonic Progressions,

Harmonic composition in Root position and inversions.

Part 3

Arpeggios and Alberti Bass

Harmonic composition using 7th chords,

Homophonic Music

Part 4

Chord Substitution, Using Sub-Dominant Relationships, Borrowed Chords

Continued Harmonic composition

Introduction to counter point

Part 5

Polyphonic music

Introduction to three and four part writing

Introduction to musical motives in part writing

Introduction to chorale music

Part 6

Shaping Melody- Melodic Phrasing

Introduction to form and structure

Song Form and Structure

 

Part 7

Introduction to orchestration

Introduction to instrumentation

Continued study and practice on 4 part writing.

Introduction to Sonata Form

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Logic Pro X Courses


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Logic Pro X Courses


Let’s make music now!  (1 Day beginners class, about 4 hours)

Goals:
•    introduction to Logic 
•    Getting familiar with the interface 
•    Navigating the workspace 
•    produce a one-minute instrumental piece with pre-recorded material 
•    applying effect plug-ins 
•    export your first project 

Logic Pro X Seminar (4 Day seminar,  about 4 hours each day)

 
Seminar Day 1 

-    Exploring the interface and working with key commands 
•    Goals:
•    Introduction to logic 
•    Getting familiar with the interface 
•    navigating the workspace
•    producing a one-minute instrumental piece with loops 
•    applying effect plug-ins 
•    using key commands to speed up your workflow 
•    Adding color to tracks and mixer 
•    Editing Audio regions by adding fades and crossfades 
•    creating composite takes with multiple takes 
•    nondestructively editing audio regions 
•    flex tool

Seminar Day 2 
-    Working with virtual instruments 
•    Creating a new project with a drummer track 
•    choosing a drummer and a drum track 
•    edit the drummer performance 
•    customizing the drum kit 
•    arranging the song structure 
•    using the internal keyboard 
•    recording midi 
•    working with track stacks
•    saving layered patches
•    using the piano roll 
•    midi regions 
•    quantizing 
•    working with midi effects 
•    introduction to the arpeggiator

Seminar Day 3
-    Mixing and Automating your tracks 
•    Working with markers 
•    loop regions and convert loops to individual regions 
•    packing regions into folders 
•    removing silence or background noise 
•    Using effect plug-ins  
•    adjusting volume levels and pan positions 
•    using filter, EQ, compression, delay and reverb 
•    Creating track automation 
•    Sidechain
•    Using touch and latch automation 
•    light mastering 

Seminar Day 4
-    Getting your music ready for the real world 
•    Bouncing midi regions to audio 
•    Bouncing audio 
•    Creating a score 
•    The part box 
•    Entering lyrics 
•    key and time signatures 
•    creating score only parts 
•    creating sheet music 
•    creating a lead sheet 
•    creating a guitar chart 
•    proofing and printout