Philosophy & Principles OF ADVM
Music makes you feel good! The main goal of our music lessons is to help students connect with music to express themselves emotionally and creatively. In order to achieve this, lessons are student-centered and cater to their needs. Our cello & piano lessons are designed to give students the tools they need to make music and play piano throughout their whole lives, not just for success in lessons and performances. So many students struggle with anxiety and stress, and music is the perfect outlet to channel worries and release them in a healthy, fun and fulfilling way.
Our students will be given a variety of performance opportunities that will help them to take ownership of their music, which will in turn foster confidence, self-expression and stage presence. Out faculty is exceptionally trained and experienced to help students use music to express themselves, communicate and develop their musical identity. These experiences are deeply enriching and will give them the tools to be successful academically and professionally, and will help them to believe in themselves.
The musical journey is unique to everyone! Our staff is able to meet students where they are, through differentiated learning pathways best suited to each individual student, based on their unique musical goals. This individualized approach allows each student to feel success and develop the tools necessary for a life long journey in music making.
Instrumental lessons will incorporate a wide variety of technical exercises in fun, student accessible ways which develop proficiency and musicality. Technique is the best way to discover their instrument so it can help you to express yourself in any way you choose.
Additionally, our lessons incorporate theory and sight reading exercises which develop well-rounded, musically literate students who can approach music and repertoire with confidence and understanding.
The pursuit of musical excellence can at times be isolating. That is why our students will become active members of a musical community through their membership in ADVM. As a complement to their private piano and cello lessons, students will also participate in three studio performances and three performance classes each year, and optional ensemble work. This will give them opportunities to collaborate, learn from and with their peers in a nurturing, supportive and fun environment that respects and values each individual’s ability and experience.
Additionally, through studio and community performances, students are given opportunities to use their music to engage with the world around them. They are encouraged to play music that speaks to them so they can leave their imprint on their community. Through intimate performances and fundraisers for important causes, students will be given opportunities to share their talents and passion, and learn what good musical outreach can do for themselves, others and for the vitality and spirit of the community.