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Suzuki Recorder Method Individual Lessons: Soprano Recorder (Private Tutoring)


Recorder Lessons With Teacher Debbie, a Private and Ongoing Class for Ages 6-18

In this ongoing class, the recorder student will continue to improve from the current skill level.
Debbie VanAtter
103 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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25 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learner per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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The goal is music is constant improvement.  This is true for students and for pros like me!  There is always something new to learn for both students and teachers.  Your child will learn to play the recorder and to constantly improve in this class.
I have taught piano lessons since 1991 and started teaching music online in earnest duing 2019.  I am a certified music teacher with a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education (piano major and vocal minor concentrations).  To obtain this degree, I learned how to play and teach all of the instruments in an orchestra.  Now, I have a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in teaching music.  I played piano and sang backup vocals professionally for a show in Branson, MO for about five years, and taught in public and private schools.  While teaching in my local public school system, I began teaching recorder.  I have taught recorder since 2017, and I love it!  I would be so glad to pass my enthusiasm for music on to your child.  Thank you so much!
For homework, students will be assigned pieces to practice and exercises to complete.  These exercises will depend on the method books you are currently using.  If the method books do not have a writing component, online music exercises will be assigned in their place.  Practice is essential for progress.  The more dedicated the student and family are to daily practice, the faster the student will improve.  The amount of practice time is chosen by students and families based on their goals.
Method books and/or sheet music Recorder instrument Quiet learning environment Camera showing hands on the keyboard and the learner's face
Assessment is informal and constant in music lessons.  This is especially true for individual, private lessons.  I will periodically give you feedback to let you know what your child is working toward and information on their progress.  We are always going to work to move forward and upward.  
25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
As needed, I will use Google Slides shared in class.  I may share exercises that are PDFs or JPEGs that are printable.  These will be teacher-created for your learner specifically, and will be uploaded to the Outschool classroom for you to view, print, and use at any time.  Please monitor your child during lessons to ensure great behavior that is consistent with Outschool learner guidelines and to ensure their safety.  Parental guidance is needed for learners that are just learning how to focus, sit properly, and hold their recorder properly.  Parental guidance is also needed for beginning recorder students, students with developmental delays, or younger learners.
Method books are necessary for these recorder lessons.  If you do not possess any recorder method books, please contact me before purchasing some.  We can discuss what will be best for your child.  All learners will need sheet music occasionally, but more advanced learners may need to purchase sheet music more often.  This will all depend on the needs of your child.  Being prepared to purchase music will be essential to your child's continual progress.

A baroque-style plastic recorder is great for these lessons.  If you already have a German-style recorder, we can use it in class.  If you don't possess a recorder, it is easy to buy one online or in some music stores.  You might want to call your local music store before making a trip, however, because not all music stores carry beginner (plastic) recorders.  The nice beginner recorders will not come from a discount store, but should be found on any website that carries real musical instruments or in a music store.  It should have 7 larger holes on the front and one hole in the back.  It may come apart in two or three pieces.  Please contact me if you have questions or need more information on buying a recorder.  I will be glad to help!


Debbie VanAtter
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher, Drama Teacher, ESL Teacher, and Reading/Math One-to-One Teacher for Dyslexia
103 total reviews
107 completed classes

About Me

     I am excited to teach classes to motivated learners on Outschool!  I have taught pretty much everything from phonics and telling time to calculus as a substitute teacher.  My highest passion is teaching music, so I became a certified... 
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