Lessons are available for all levels ages 6 and up. Beginners can start at the basics and build musical skills while advanced students can enjoy enhancing their skills through college level to professional!
For students under 6 years please it depends on attention span as to when they may be ready for lessons. You may ask here if you are thinking your sibling is ready for lessons.
How to sign up: Parents: For your kids to understand what piano music is all about, please try introducing the piano to them somehow. You may purchase a small keyboard or get a traditional piano and put it in the living room. Maybe a relative or friend has a piano they can use a few times or more?
AFTER it appears curiosity has sparked some interest then that is a great time to get started with lessons! This means there is more curiosity about how to make the piano sound good!
Once curiosity is there, not waiting too long to start piano lessons is key so that bad muscle habits don’t begin to form. There is much enjoyment when confusion turns to into brilliant sounds and musical harmony during the stages of learning the piano!
What Type of Piano do I need?
Piano – An upright acoustic Piano is best, or have access to one daily. This applies for beginners to intermediate levels. A Grand Piano of any size is great for any level to advanced levels.
Keyboard Students – Most modern music is made on keyboards and computers these days, so many go spend a few bucks on a small keyboard to get things started. There are many types of keyboards available but ideally your keyboard should have at least 66 to 88 keys. It should also have weighted keys, a foot pedal attachment via a plug on the back, as well as ideally a USB and/or MIDI ports on the back (for plugging into a computer or MIDI digital music controller system later on).
For serious piano students a keyboard is NOT recommended. There is hardly any muscle development on a keyboard. Acoustic pianos are best for forward progress.
Most keyboard students stop lessons after just learning very basic things. This is primarily due to the physical limitations of the instrument. Experimenting with a cheaper keyboard may start the lessons process only, but having a real piano is expected after the first month or so of lessons please!
On the other hand, ‘keyboard/synthesizer technique’ is much different than acoustic piano technique! For those interested only in hooking their synth keyboard up to a computer to create music, then having a professional synthesizer can give hours of enjoyment! Learning about chords and other music theory things can make it possible to create amazing tracks. This is popular if one would like to be in a band and such.
Dexterity of finger, hand and arm motions are taught to allow students to excel from the basics to advanced levels. Reading music and interpretation are emphasized at all levels. As a supplement to written music, Improvising, contemporary Jazz (chordal harmony and improvisation) and popular styles may also be part of the process from the get go.
Students also learn theory of music as foundation to harmony and musical structure. This is the science behind the music!
Students will start with the basics of reading piano music to know how to get around the keys. Keyboard technique is simple chords and harmonies along with very basic piano skills only.
Learning to hear melodies and improvising is also part of the process. Creating new sounds called “patches” using the type of keyboards that offers this feature is also learned. With good keyboard skills a student should be able to play keyboards in a band.
Vocalists are encouraged to learn keyboards as a foundation to their singing, as well as venturing to playing and singing in a band.
How to sign up: Once one is singing regularly and wishes to learn how to sound better, that’s when ready to sign up!
Voice students will also need a small or large keyboard or piano for learning basic music reading, music theory and harmony.
When teaching the basics, folk tunes and theater songs are emphasized. Once the basics are mastered the next step are vocal Opera techniques. This progression should allow students to advance beyond just the ordinary singer, toward any style of music they choose!
Vocal Opera techniques require stamina, dexterity and benefit everyone! Opera technique and harmonies of chord structures are rooted in early music. This makes it similar to Latin being the foundation of western languages. Once the foundations are mastered, styles of singing branch out from there. Contemporary singing styles such as pop and jazz are derivatives of early classical styles.
The desire to play piano, or sing, then perform and please audiences is what everything is all about! Performing is what creates momentum to excel in music! With consistent practice and paying close attention to detail, all things are usually possible.
Students can also perform at recitals when a number of students are ready to perform. Recitals offer great entertainment and opportunity to watch peers perform! Audience members are fellow students, friends, family, parents and also the general public. Performing in front of an audience is really what the process is about. So this should be understood from the very beginning of music study.
Fast Track Lessons
This is the quickest and most efficient way to learn piano and voice. Lessons on ‘Fast Track’ are for students or parents who want to excel in skills faster and more efficiently. Fast track is a more complete process on the study of piano or voice. The Fast Track is guaranteed to show better results in musicianship and overall performance excellence.
Developing musicianship requires concentration in a non-distracting environment. The practice environment can make a difference for the better. Please be sure to make it possible for practice each day of the week.
Practice is best when everyone (or dogs, cats) are not making excessive noise, or elsewhere in the home. Singers should do the same. A separate room is ideal to practice singing, as concentrated singing is usually most effective when most are not around.
When favorite shows are on, practice is distracted. Simply record favorite shows and watch them later, or plan practice away from television.
Most folks today are familiar with ‘listening’ to music, not making it. Playing the piano or learning to sing is much different than listening. The actual process is about learning how to be athletic and learning dexterity of muscle movement. It is not much different than learning to play tennis, golf, soccer or any other sport.
There are many things to consider on how to schedule practice effectively. Please ask about the process for best results!
Students who enroll should be ready to practice regularly. Parents who enroll their kids should encourage practice along with other activities. Please be sure there are not too many activities going on in their world to allow for regular practice.
For beginners and advanced students, developing reliable music skills such as practice and sight-reading techniques are all part of music study.
History of Weekly Lessons
Learning piano and vocal song weekly via individual lessons is a true method of musical success! Weekly lessons combined with practice at home and hard work develops technique and dependable ability. Students become motivated simply by improving their skills on a regular basis. When they see the result of their efforts they learn HOW to improve their skills and they are gratified as amateurs and pros alike!
Beethoven also had weekly music lessons! Have a look at his teachers here.
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