WOODWIND LESSONS IN PASADENA, CA

INSTRUMENTS WE TEACH

Flute Lessons

The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

Saxophone Lessons

The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

Oboe Lessons

Oboes OH-boh are a family of double reed woodwind instruments. The most common oboe plays in the treble or soprano range. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.

Clarinet Lessons

The clarinet is a musical-instrument family belonging to the group known as the woodwind instruments. It has a single-reed mouthpiece, a straight cylindrical tube with an almost cylindrical bore, and a flared bell.

AREAS OF STUDY

Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music.

“The term is used in three main ways in music, though all three are interrelated. The first is what is otherwise called ‘rudiments’, currently taught as the elements of notation, of key signatures, of time signatures, of rhythmic notation, and so on. Theory in this sense is treated as the necessary preliminary to the study of harmony, counterpoint, and form. The second is the study of writings about music from ancient times onwards. […] The third is an area of current musicological study that seeks to define processes and general principles in music — a sphere of research that can be distinguished from analysis in that it takes as its starting-point not the individual work or performance but the fundamental materials from which it is built.”

Sight-reading, also called a prima vista (Italian meaning “at first sight”), is the reading and performing of a piece of music or song in music notation that the performer has not seen before. Sight-singing is used to describe a singer who is sight-reading. Both activities require the musician to play or sing the notated rhythms and pitches. Many believe that sight-singing is the more challenging of the two, because the musicians do not have any keys, frets or valves (on keyboard instruments, guitars, and valved brass instruments, respectively) to help them obtain the correct pitches. However, difficulty is related both to the instrument and the difficulty of the piece itself. For instance, sight-reading on a polyphonic instrument, such as the classical guitar, can be more challenging due to the fact that the guitarist has to read polyrhythms and polyphonic passages that can often be played in different positions using different frets.
One of the basic aspects of playing the flute is tone production.  Tone is produced when the air stream is split by the edge of the tone hole–some of the air goes in the tone hole and some goes out.  If you cover the tone hole with both lips and blow all the air into the flute, a note will not be produced.  Likewise, if you blow all your air over the top of the tone hole with without any air going into the flute, a note will not be produced.  This is unique among wind instruments:  in brass instruments all of the air is blown into the mouthpiece and sound is produced from the vibration of the lips against the mouthpiece; in single reed instruments, all of the air is blown into the mouthpiece and sound is produced from the vibration of the reed against the mouthpiece; in double reed instruments, all the air is blown into the reed and sound is produced from the two halves of the reed vibrating against each other.
Technique is one of the more straightforward aspects of playing the any woodwind instrument, and relatively easy to teach. As with every other aspect of playing, it does need to be monitored carefully as students develop. Probably the most important thing to monitor regarding technique is the student’s set up  with regards to balancing the instrument and left and right hand positions. This makes all the difference to long term success for building useful woodwind technique for kids. And, of course, that the students are using the correct fingerings.
Musicianship is a broad concept that covers a complex range of musical abilities. For the purposes of this syllabus, it is loosely defined as the ability to ‘think in sound’. This occurs when a musician is able to produce music which they perceive internally and in the imagination, whether through playing by ear, singing, reading from notation, or through improvisation.

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My two (2) kids go to this school for Piano Lessons. It’s a great school with teachers who care and they even got (ONE) of my kids to actually play correctly and she now likes playing the piano. They are strict but have real concern for the students and offer a great environment to excel. I would recommend Donna Lee and her Music School anytime. A+++++++

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My son has been taking piano with Miss Donna since he was 7 and my daughter just started. I absolutely love her. She is fantastic with kids and really inspires them to play. She also has a recital that gives the kids a chance to play in front of an audience. She also encourages participation in the Certificate of Merit program. I am so glad we found her and Lee Music School.

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My son, Cole, has been taking piano lessons with Miss Donna for about 4 months. We couldn't be happier with the results. Donna is an extremely patient teacher. Cole feels very comfortable when he is with her. Her teaching style has made my son more confident as she encourages him to play in front of audiences. Most importantly, Donna has taught my son how to read music. Cole was unable to read music before, he could only play by memorizing. This was a huge wake up call for us! Now with Miss Donna, Cole is learning theory, technique, and is able to read his music. Cole will also apply for CM this year. Hollywood Arts Academy is a good place for us to be! I recommend them for kids as well as adults. We are planning to have our daughter start vocal lessons soon.

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Since I was very young I had always wanted to follow my dream of playing the violin. It was not until I had begun to be in my 60s that I was able to begin to challenge my bucket list with this endeavor. By simple luck I was able to connect with the Academy and I have been extremely pleased in both the management and the instructors. They are thoughtful and very patient and go out of their way to guide me.

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We are happy to find Hollywood Arts Academy. They offer great service, easy to work with. Recently I had to cancel few lessons due to my schedule problem. Even though, every school has this policy of being consistent with the lessons to keep the spot, but Miss Donna was nice enough to let me get things right and allow me enough time. The best part about this school is that they still offer the lowest rate in this city but with great service. My son started taking piano lessons with them 2 months ago. Working great so far. My son can play a few songs now. We are planning to get a grand piano for him next year.

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I am a student of this academy and I have been learning flute as well as music theory at this school for 3 years. The teachers are very experienced professionals, and I learned many things from them. I successfully got a 95 on ABRSM music theory level 5 with a single try, and that is all thanks to the teachers at the Hollywood Arts Academy. I also recommended two of my friends to this school, and they both loved this school as much as I did.

Warm and Supportive

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I highly recommend Ms Donna and her staff. My son (age 9) has been taking piano lessons for 2 years and doing great! She is very warm and supportive. Her positive attitude and affirming attitude encourages my son. He enjoys lessons and will regularly practice on his own. Ms Donna is also VERY accommodating of our schedule and allows for changes and makeups without hassle. This flexibility is very important to us as my son does many other activities. The children all do a yearly concert at Christmas, something I looked for in a piano school.
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