Lessons are available for all levels ages 6 and up. For students under 6 years it depends on attention span as to when they may be ready for lessons. You may ask here if you have any questions about readiness.
How to sign up: Parents: To get started on piano, please try introducing the piano somehow first to your kids. Maybe a relative has a piano they can try out a few times? If you already own a piano, place it in an area where they are likely to use it?
Once curiosity in pressing the keys starts, ask them about lessons if they want to get better?
Not waiting too long to start piano lessons is ideal so good technique can begin as early as possible. There is gratification when confusion turns to into brilliant sounds while learning the piano!
What Type of Piano is required?
Pianos – An upright acoustic Piano is best, or have access to one daily. This applies for beginners to intermediate levels. A baby Grand Piano is ideal for advanced levels but is not required.
Keyboards – There are two types of keyboards:
- Synthesizer keyboards coupled with computers make up most of what ‘Modern’ music is all about on the radio. A synthesizer is a professional instrument for sound manipulation and beat generation which must be hooked up to a computer or amp sound system to hear its sounds.
- A home keyboard has a speaker sound system built into it. Ideally it should have 66 to 88 keys, weighted keys, a foot pedal attachment via a plug on the back for starters (a more higher-end home keyboard has Amp IN/OUT/USB/MIDI ports on the back).
A keyboard is NOT ideal for best piano technical skills development.
Most home keyboard students stop lessons after just learning very basic things. This is due to the physical limitations of the tiny instrument. Experimenting with a cheaper keyboard may start the lessons process, but getting an acoustic traditional piano is recommended.
Dexterity of fingers, hands and arm motions are taught to allow students to excel from the basics to highly 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 included.
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 are simple chords and harmonies, rhythms and music theory.
How to sign up: Once one is singing regularly and wishes to learn how to become a better singer, that’s when 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 a student to advance well beyond 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. 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.
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 skills at a more advanced pace. Fast Track is guaranteed to show better results in musicianship and overall achievement. Please ask about fast track lessons after enrollment.
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 distractions (others, dogs, cats) are not begging for attention or making excessive noise. A separate room is ideal to practice singing, as concentrated singing is usually most effective when others are not around.
When favorite shows are on, please record favorite shows and watch them later!
Playing the piano or learning to sing is much different than listening. The actual process is about being athletic and learning dexterity of muscle movement. It is similar in learning swimming, dance, soccer, tennis, golf or other sports.
Students who enroll should be ready and able to practice regularly! Parents should encourage practice right along with other activities for kids. Please be sure there are not too many activities going on in their world to allow for regular practice?
Learning piano and vocal singing requires regular weekly lessons. Composers like Ludwig Van Beethoven also had weekly lessons!
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