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Piano/Keyboard/Organ Lessons

Piano, keyboard, and organ lessons will enable the student to have a comprehensive understanding of keyboard techniques, music theory, and general musicianship skills.  Lessons will include age-appropriate lesson topics, technique studies, music theory, new songs each week, and performance repertoire.

Your piano lesson will be a combination of hands-on work on the piano and/or keyboard, and will include time working on music theory, both on paper and on the computer.  If you have a 40 minute lesson, you will spend at least 10 minutes on music theory.  If you have a 55 minute lesson, you will spend at least 20 minutes on music theory.  The 55 minute lesson is only advisable for students who are at least an intermediate ability level and who are interested in comprehensive music education, including song writing, music composition, and advanced music theory.

Organ lessons will concentrate on skilled hand and pedal techniques, along with acoustic exploration of sounds and stops on the organ.  The basic ability to play a hymn on a keyboard is required before organ lessons may begin.  Practice time will need to be arranged if there is no organ at home.  Please call to discuss any questions you might have about lessons and about practice on the organ.

Each student will have a Practice Plan written for the week that includes tracking the amount of practice each day.  This Practice Plan will enable the parents to assist and encourage each student in their practice.  Parents of younger students will be asked to sign the practice page each week so that various prizes and stickers will be well-earned!

Lessons for siblings will be carefully designed to reduce any rivalry in the lessons or in practice.  Siblings will always work with different method books to avoid any duplication of songs and other music activities.

PENCILS ONLY for all lessons!  Big Rule in Music:  No ink in music please!

 

The Practice/Lesson Instrument

Please review the recommendations for an instrument that appears under "Instruments for Teaching and Practice."  Your instrument must be in a good place in the home that is conducive to good practice, plus, the area should have great lighting.


Ivory Tickles

Since practicing the piano is a somewhat solitary experience, students are encouraged to prepare performance music that can be shared with other piano and voice students.  Students will be invited to participate in periodic ‘Ivory Tickles’ for students only.  These one-hour fun/party style classes will be held two or three times per year on Fridays, and will provide incentive, experience, and enhanced confidence for the students.  There will also be various music activities at the Ivory Tickles that will be just for fun.

The Ivory Tickles will provide an opportunity to explore acoustics, rhythm circles, creating musical instruments, etc. and to give a group experience for music learning that is supportive for all students.  Groups of students will be organized based on age and musical experience and skills.  There is no requirement for a student to play a performance piece at the Ivory Tickles, but all students will be encouraged to do so.

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