Lessons

My theremin studio is now open to students for theremin lessons in person and over Skype! If you are interested in booking a theremin lesson please send me a message on the Contact Page.
 

Lesson Services

 
30 minute Skype Intro Session
If you are a beginner, if you would like to know the best first steps to take, or if you would like an affordable option to find out if theremin lessons are right for you, I offer a 30 minute Skype Introductory Session service. I recommend all new students to book this introductory session before beginning regular lessons on Skype because it allows us an opportunity to meet/greet and iron out any technical and or communications issues.
 
1-hour Theremin Lessons
Normal lessons for regular students are one hour in length. The practice time that is necessary for learning theremin is like any instrument, but many concepts need time to be absorbed. For this reason, while not a requirement, I recommend the interval for recurring lessons to be at least bi-weekly (one lesson every two weeks or longer).
 

skype theremin studio

 

The Skype Classroom

 
My studio is equipped with the necessary tools to create the best possible Skype stream quality. I use a dedicated video monitor and camera to provide the Skype Theremin Student the most optimum viewing angle of the playing environment. The camera is positioned perpendicular to the direction of my hand that controls the theremin’s pitch. This translates the playing arc, interval spacings, and hand positions in way that can be interpreted correctly over the video stream.
 

Payment and Booking

 
For lesson services I accept credit card payments online through the webstore on this site. Visit The Store at RGM for current pricing and for ordering lesson services. Cash/ Money Order payments are only acceptable if the lessons are done in person. In the future, I will implement an online booking system, that will automate lesson scheduling. Until then, I will communicate directly with student via email for scheduling. The easiest way to contact me is the Contact Page on this website.
 

Teaching Approach

 
To get a good idea of the vibe of my approach for theremin lessons, please read this article, Theremin Lessons by Randy George. My approach is primarily based on awareness. A player must become aware of the limitations of the instrument and the limitations of his/her own body, but never confuse the two. The goal is for a player to perform with a level of ease that allows him/her to direct most attention/energy toward being musical rather than toward finding the correct notes in the air.
 
 

Outline of the Methodology

 
Fundamental blocks:
 

    – How Pitch is affected by Capacitance
    – Body Stillness, Posture, and Self Awareness
    – Linearity of the physical movement
    – Aural/Muscular Feedback System
    – Relative Pitch Interval Memory
    – Instrument Tuning, Position, Warm up and Care

 
Advanced blocks:
 

    – Building repeatable gestures for full range scales and arpeggios
    – Minimizing Note transition time for improved pitch precision
    – Building a palette of vibrato options
    – Articulation with the Volume Hand
    – Unlocking Pitch Hand Finger Dexterity
    – External Instrument Modifications

 

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