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I’m sure you have read studies about the correlation between music lessons and success in school.  I believe it goes much further than that! Here are some benefits of studying piano at a young age:

  • Music students learn how to be problem-solvers.
    I focus on teaching the student how to solve problems that arise while practicing. They learn how to break a problem down into smaller parts and solve each before moving on.
  • Music students gain confidence.
    As most adults know, confidence cannot be taught, but only gained through time. When piano students play a piece they enjoy and play it well they gain confidence in their abilities. When they do this multiple times and feel a sense of achievement they gain more confidence in themselves.
  • Music students are creative thinkers.
    Solving problems, expressing dynamics, and playing with emotion in music all require developed creative thinking skills.
  • Music students learn how to handle pressure.
    Performing can sometimes create some stress for a student. By conquering any nerves they have about performing they learn how to cope with that stress. Preparation is the key!
  • Music students learn how to accept criticism.
    By working closely with a teacher the students learn to accept different ideas other than their own. In my monthly master classes the students also learn how to give and receive constructive criticism.

About Lessons

Your son/daughter will gain a thorough knowledge of music through my private lesson programs. Both levels of study (Concert & Olympic) will explore:

  • Diverse Repertoire (from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic, to Jazz, Contemporary, and Pop)
  • Music Theory (Key signatures, scales, form, chord progressions, intervals, transposition, style, etc)
  • Sight Reading (Daily sight reading assignment, reading by intervals, recognizing the key center)
  • Ear Training (Recognizing chords such as major and minor, recognizing intervals)
  • Rhythm (Daily rhythm assignment book)
  • Note Reading (using flashcards and note-speller book)
  • Technique (performance, arm balance, wrist placement, finger strength, etc)
  • Musicianship (how to express the piece, including dynamics, tempo, feel, accents, melody vs. accompaniment, etc)

Parent(s) and teacher will first discuss a level of study for the child

Two options:

Concert Level (for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced)

  • Lessons held in my home-studio
  • Monthly rate
  • One 30-minute lesson per week (optional: 45-minute lesson for intermediate to advanced students)
  • Minimum of 5 years old, depending on maturity
  • Beginner practice time of approximately 15-20 minutes per day
  • Intermediate practice time of at least 30 minutes per day
  • Eligible for ISMTA/MTNA performance and theory exams, but not required.
  • Monthly Master Class optional, but suggested
  • Performance at annual student recital
  • Other performance opportunities available

 

Olympic Level (for Intermediate and Advanced only)

  • Lessons held in my home-studio
  • Monthly rate
  • One 45-minute lesson per week
  • Minimum of 10-years old
  • Intermediate practice time of 1-hour per day
  • Advanced practice time of at least 1-hour per day
  • Must attend monthly Master Class
  • Participation in ISMTA/MTNA performance and theory exams
  • Eligible to enter various piano competitions
  • Performance at annual student recital
  • Other performance opportunities available
  • Optional: Split a recital with other Olympic level students