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Huffmasters Centre of Music and Learning is located in North Fort Myers and offers instructions in a variety of musical instruments, voice and also tutors children and adults. They can also provide a pianist or a vocalist for your wedding or special event.
Music Lessons – We work with both children and adults. We specialize in teaching the following instruments:
Tutoring - We tutor children and adults of all ages and in all subjects. We tutor for the FCAT, CLAST, SAT and ACT testing. We work with people who are gifted, average, or have learning disabilities including Autistic, Dyslexia, ADD and ADHD.
Weddings and Special Occasions - Aside of teaching children and adults, we also perform at weddings and other occasions. We can provide pianist, vocalist or both. Contact us for more information and prices.
Patricia Huffmaster - I have taught music for 50 years, 28 years of this time working with "special needs," "gifted," and "average" children using music to enhance their learning. I also have 33 years of experience in school academics and consulting.
Brooke Huffmaster - I have played the piano for 22 years, sang for 16 years, and have taught music and tutored for 12 years. I have been a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 2004, and since 2004 I have received the National Honor Roll of Guild Teachers for Students' Achievements. To receive this honor, all students must receive an Excellent to Superior rating.
Music is a never ending tool to the inner spirit of people, but when I began teaching in 1960, I opened up a new area within me that my music playing had not touched.
Music can mean so many different things to different people and that is what makes it such an unique part of our lives. Spiritual, rock, country, folk, classical music, everyone likes one of them either to sing, listen, or dance to.
Music had traditionally been taught in a very strict and no nonsense way. When you went to your lesson, you went into the teacher, played your song and left. It was considered the same as school. You did not speak in your classroom unless you were spoken to; therefore, you did the same thing at your music lesson. I began my teaching much the same way, either because I thought it was expected or because that was the way I had been taught, I am not sure which. I soon found teaching to be a bore and very depressing. Students did not practice, and I took it personal, feeling I was not reaching them. I thought, there must be another way to reach them and make this more fun for all of us, myself, parents, and students. I began talking to the students about their lives. I got them to discussing the subjects they were taking in school. When they began confiding in me with the problems they had with a subject, I turned it into a music question, and soon they realized that school could be fun; it just depends on how you wanted to look at it. I taught math, English, history, science, art, and physical education. It was fun for me also, and there was never a dull moment from that time on.
Math was probably the easiest to convey. Music is math, if you cannot count your rhythm, then you cannot play the song so that it sounds correct. I started working with 3 and 4 year olds teaching the Alphabet al least to "G" and the counting to 4.
I used English while explaining how the lyrics and the music came to be. History was brought in through the periods and eras of music, and science through the pitch of the notes. Art is part of the fine arts and falls into place easier than all the rest. Physical Education is brought about through the rhythm.