50+ students from ages 9 to 77, covering all wind and brass instruments, voice, and beginning piano.
My teaching philosophy is simple: mastery and musicality. My goal as a musician and teacher is to inspire and foster an appreciation and understanding of music in all of my students, while encouraging proper technique. My lesson curriculum breaks down into three sections: routine, recognition, and realization. ROUTINE: During the beginning of each lesson, we will discuss and improve warm-up and daily practice routines, technical aspects of each instrument, scale/arpeggio exercises, and other ways to increase technical prowess. RECOGNITION: During lessons, we will look at music through an analytical point of view. Students will learn about “music theory” in its melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic elements. I use a stress-free approach to learning about how and why music functions the way it does with the intention of using it to improve playing. REALIZATION: The most critical aspect of lessons is applying technique and theory to real repertoire. Students will learn melodic studies, etudes, and pieces with precise technique and mature musicality. My lessons are customized for each student. Though there are obvious methods to each instrument, every student learns differently, and it is my goal to find a learning method perfect for you. We will discuss practice habits, methodic approaches, and more in our path to bringing out the musician you can become. Read more at www.VincentLaMonica.com/educator
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Vincent LaMonica (b. 1993), a native of rural Ashford, Connecticut, enjoys a diverse career in music as a performer, composer, and educator. Vincent has performed in chamber groups, wind ensembles, brass bands, and orchestras throughout New England, and is a substitute bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Portland (ME) and Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestras and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Vincent is currently a student of David McGill at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). His previous teachers have included Nancy Goeres, Margaret Phillips, Ronald Haroutunian, Rebecca Eldredge, and Janet Polk, and he attended the 2017 season of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
You can read more about my teaching style and find recordings of my performances and compositions on my website: www.VincentLaMonica.com