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Dwight Hill Media Fort Washington, Maryland
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Name:   Dwight Hill
Phone:   (240) 505-2853
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Last Update:    2016-03-26 11:13:27
Fort Washington, MD



I'm a formally trained musician and DC area native. Skilled and experienced as a pianist, bassist, guitarist, and drummer. I aspire to generate meaningful contributions as both a performer and an instructor. My overall teaching philosophy emphasizes technical mastery of the instrument, strong music reading and theory, along with creativity and improvisation to turn students into a well rounded players. I've studied and performed a number of genres and stay current on the latest in gear and trends in order to stay on the forefront as a competent musician.


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Date:  2015-08-03 05:36:54
Subject:  Teacher Chronicles #1: The Power Of Motivation
Blog:  Teachers far and wide know that an unmotivated student is unlikely to be receptive to whatever information they're trying to convey. It's no surprise then that one of the questions other teachers ask me most frequently is how to generate enthusiasm in their students. At first it may seem the answer is simple: make the lessons fun. In practice though, it's not as straightforward as it would appear. Each student is an individual, and techniques that energize one student could cause dismay to another. From my own experiences though, I've noticed that there are some general categories many students fall into, and some approaches that more often than not are effective: The Kid: Your run-of-the-mill raw recruit. This student is young, and knows absolutely nothing about music. Their feelings are fragile, and they don't catch on to new concepts quickly. This is my personal worst nightmare. Pushing too hard will cause this kind of student to break down into tears, but not pushing at all will result in zero progress on account of their lack of initiative. Your first instinct may be to turn up the heat and let them sink or swim, but to properly engage this student, you'll need to work in small steps. Cover at most two to three concepts at a time. Be patient, and give them time to build up their grasp of the basics. Once a foundation has been built, slowly introduce more advanced concepts. Remember that providing constructive criticism on how they can improve is essential, but being overly critical may cause the student to lose any potential passion they had. The Eager Novice: This student also knows next to nothing, but what they lack in experience, they make up for with ambition. The Eager Novice is already exited to be learning something new, so your goal is to find a hook to keep this student's enthusiasm high and keep them coming back for more. Continue to impress this student with morsels of knowledge, and show them that they too can achieve a high level of proficiency with practice and determination. Introduce them to new styles of music. Regale them with tales of performances. Encourage them to be creative. By keeping the energy up during lessons they will most likely stay loyal and inspired for years to come. The Uncertain: This student has the potential to be good, but is hindered either by a lack of confidence in their abilities, or a lack of confidence in you. In the case of the former, you'll need to build this student up by showing them that they are capable of handling the material. Don't move ahead too quickly, and take extra time to break things down to their simplest form. Reassure them that it's natural to make mistakes, and that you'll continue to work on concepts until the errors can be fixed. In the cases when the student is unsure of you, you must get them feeling comfortable with you as an instructor and as a person. Display confidence in your knowledge as a teacher. Stay on top of your game and provide clear, concise answers to whatever questions they may have. Lighten the mood with a joke and a smile. Once you dissolve these barriers lessons will go more smoothly, and you'll find them progressing even faster than you thought possible. The Wayward: This student has been away from the craft for awhile, but still remembers some of the rudiments. As a result, teaching this student may be a bit easier than teaching one with no experience at all. Unfortunately, this student is prone to not showing up, not practicing, and giving up if they feel overwhelmed. You'll have to keep them from becoming bored and set clear goals so that they feel they are progressing. This student will often be married to a particular genre of music to the exclusion of others. Try introducing them to new artists and styles, but don't be pushy about it. The Wayward could become a star pupil with guidance and diligence. The Ace: A dream come true, the Ace has the skills and drive to master whatever you throw at them. The struggle here is to keep challenging them with new material. Know that this student is quick to catch on, so have a wealth of topics that you are ready to dive into at all times. Be extra thorough when running drills, songs, or exercises. Switch up between different kinds of music, and if you feel that they are ready, encourage them to write some of their own material to go over in lessons. The Ace will continue to impress you and force you to grow as well if you're dedicated and on the ball. No matter what student type you're dealing with, however, remember that patience and clear communication will be the keys of developing a good rapport with your pupils. Making the material fun and accessible keeps them coming back for more!