The instructional techniques I employ are a culmination of the many years I have been teaching, as well as staying open to trying new ideas and studying the results. New innovations are constantly coming to mind and are implemented. Many teachers get locked into a particular routine and never change, add, or improve their curriculum. I would like to think my success with students is partly because of my own constant desire to learn and to be better. I want to be better at something each and every week. If I did not, I would not be happy with myself. I always think that I am my own worst boss. My perseverance towards new ways of teaching and the caring that I show to my students has earned their loyalty. Many students still stay in touch from all over the world and keep me updated on their professional or amateur musical advances.

By taking lessons people can avoid forming bad habits. Learning the correct techniques can save a lot of lost time and the frustration of trying to learn on your own. The guitar is the one instrument that needs the right technique to play with any degree of accuracy. I spend a good amount of time in the early stages teaching the proper use of hands. I can only think of a very few students around (2), that did not need a lot of work in the proper use of their hands in all the years I have been teaching. This includes students with several years of lessons. If the student's hand use is not working efficiently they can¹t play without making mistakes and looking at their hands fairly often. Keeping constant time and playing with any degree of speed is another problem when proper technique is not used. The sound quality of the notes also suffer.

Students of violin and viola have problems when they don't use their hands efficiently. The left hand has similar problems as the guitar and the right hand problems are due to the bowing techniques that have not been perfected. Poor sound quality is a common problem for violin and viola students due to problems with both hands.

On the brass and woodwind instruments, the biggest problem is due to the students not breathing properly and not using the air flow effectively. Proper breathing and breath control is very important for a good sound and a contributing factor for your overall playing and control of the instrument.

 

To find much more specific information about the instrument you want to learn, see our instrument pages by clicking any of the links at the bottom of the page.

 

  1. Your web site was very good.
  2. You were close to where I live.
  3. Your rates were more reasonable.
  4. You sounded very knowledgeable.
  5. You were more helpful that other studios.
  6. You taught the style of music I wanted to learn.
  7. You were more enthusiastic about you program.
  8. The available lesson time was perfect for my schedule.
  9. You had lessons on Sundays, the only day I do not work.
  10. I did not get a return call from the message that I left at another studio.
  11. I liked only having to commit to one month at a time and not a full semester.
  12. I wanted a more mature teacher with lots of experience and not some young kid.
  13. You were the only one that answered the telephone instead of getting an answering machine.
  14. You had lesson hours later at night than other studios that I needed due to having to working late at times.
  15. Your web site indicated that you teach music in a very broad, varied, and through way that I thought would be very good for my child.
  16. Your payment schedule at the end of the month for the following month is a convieniet and an easy way to remember when the payment is due.
  17. After reading through your web site I got the impression you love teaching & would be a very nice caring person that I wanted for my child.
  18. I can sit in on lessons with my child who is taking lessons* or I can sit in the waiting room during the lesson. The waiting room has the daily paper, magazines, and TV.
  19. Your web site was very thorough and informative that I knew you would be the kind of teacher I wanted to work with.
  20. I did not have to go to more than one teacher for the two instruments me or my children wanted to learn. It is convient to do both lessons on same day right after each other.

* Parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons for children ages 4 through 6 so I can show you how to be helpful to them and to me. The student would progress faster and parents would get more value for their money. For ages 7 through 9, it would be a good idea to some in at the end of the lesson or at least occasionally to see how things are going. Parents should sit in with any age child for the first lesson due to the many things that need to be discussed.

 

  • Your web site was so much better than theirs.
  • Their teacher had died.
  • I was not learning much.
  • I did not like the teacher.
  • Teacher canceled too much.
  • Teacher moved away.
  • The studio went out of business.
  • Lessons not available in summer.
  • Teacher went on road to play with band
  • Not enough attention given to student during lesson.
  • Teacher too strict and made unreasonable demands for progress.
  • Several changes of teachers during the time we were at other studio
  • Studio canceled lessons on a particular instrument due to not enough students on schedule.
  • Teacher at the other studio was incompetent.
  • Could not get an appointment for lessons that worked with my scheduled.
  • I missed one lessons in eighteen months and the studio would not make up the lesson.
  • Home and studio lessons are available
  • Lessons are private and generally last for one hour
  • In order to get started, you would call the studio, and we would discuss the status of your music background, if any, what your needs are and what you want to accomplish with the instruction. As a beginner, I will assess your needs, make recommendations and give you some insight on what to expect. If you already have a music background or some special needs, I will give you more of an overall view of your future lesson program. When a decision is made to start lessons I would fill out the enrollment form over the telephone, go over the directions to studio and what you should bring with you.
  • An extra half hour of time for first lesson is added in at no additional charge. I do this so I can get our lesson program off to a more organized start. I have found, from experience, that a first lesson needs more time in order to look at an instrument condition, set up a personal written assignment book, go over amount due for the variables and time to get acquainted. I find that on average, one in every three fretted instruments has some kind of defect or adjustment needed. For a more detailed explanation see item 2 on our Interesting Facts page. One of the many problems that I look for is the spacing between the strings. People buy guitars that are not correct for their hand and finger size. Manufacturers seem to get careless in the way that they groove the nut (the piece that separates the strings on the fingerboard). They do not make good use of the fingerboard width. This problem makes it impossible to play all notes on even simple chords. It is important to get these instruments checked within a very short time after purchase so that you can conform with your stores return policies.
  • All students will have a personalized book with all their assignments, records and an instrument condition report. These records will be updated each week.
  • Gift Certificates are available. See Gift Certificate page for details.
  • I will be happy to help students in between lessons, on assigned material that they might have a problem with. Just call me, It would be my pleasure.
  • Students who take the summer off from lessons not only loose that two and a half months time, but loose time to get back to where things were again. This usually means another month and adds up to a total of three and a half months lost. This gives the results of eight and a half months for a twelve month year.
  • The waiting room has the current newspaper, magazines, TV and a desk that people can use to do homework or other projects. Current students families will have exclusive use for this area for most of the scheduled lesson.
  • Learn what you need to know in order to play in garage bands.
  • Learn to play in Rock, Blues, Pop, County, Jazz, or other types of bands.
  • Learn how to play in a lounge setting.
  • Gather with co-workers or friends to play music.
  • Play at parties and holiday gatherings.
  • Be able to play with your religious group.
  • Be able to play in a chamber group.
  • Play in an amateur or professional orchestra.

I teach the:
Guitar | Bass | Piano | Violin | Trumpet | Flute | Clarinet | Saxophone | Viola | Cello | 4 -string Banjo |
5-string Banjo | Mandolin | Harmonica | Organ | Drums | Trombone | Flugelhorn | Cornet | Accordion | and others...

The musical styles taught are:
Rock | Blues | Funk | R&B | Rockabilly | Jazz | Classical | Folk | Country | Bluegrass | Reggae | Gospel | Metal | Latin | Brazilian Style | and more... I also train in Theory | Harmony | Improvising | Arranging | Music Transcription | and more...



Lessons Taught 7 Days By Appointment
Home Lessons Available

 

Hours - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Monday through Thursday are 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. | Friday hours are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM | Saturday hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. | Sunday hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Absolutely no visits without appointment.

 

Gift Certificates Available

 

Do you see the dedication that I put into this website material? This is what you will get from my lessons. I work like no effort on my part is totally good enough for my students.

 

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Bergenfield, New Jersey
201-385-2525
info@gregmadisonmusic.com