Why piano class?

Teachers are constantly trying to find new ways to motivate and encourage their students. During an MTNA Conference, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in a seminar teaching students in the Piano Class format.These students did not know each other so they were timid at first, however after the first fifteen minutes of playing technical exercises, sight reading and learning an ensemble piece, the group dynamic was amazing. They also learned a classical piece, and did an amazing improvisational piece. It was a joy seeing them relating to each other in such a positive way. Once the playing started, all shyness was forgotten and the music was enjoyed. Of course, being the teacher I am, I really wanted my own students to experience this!

Piano Class

Curriculum

The Piano Class uses the Celebrate Piano! Series designed by the Royal Academy of Music in Toronto, Canada. Intermediate Students use the Celebration Series, by the Royal Academy, with Repertoire and Etudes. Technical Studies such as scales, chords, arpeggios, Czerny, and Hanon are also used.

Equipment

The class uses two Roland Digital pianos and two Yamaha Digital pianos. There is also a 7'6'" Yamaha Grand piano used for performances in the class.

How classes are divided

Through the audition process, students are divided into classes by age and level of playing.

How often is piano class?

Piano Class meets once a week for an hour.

Plenty of pianos for everyone to play!

How much will piano class cost?

What are the advantages to being in a Piano Class ?

Broad Curriculum

There is a broad curriculum presented that relates the study of repertoire and technique to keyboard theory studies.

You learn with friends

The social aspects of students enjoying learning music with their friends.

Learning with games

The musicianship activities can often be based on games and students love this aspect of learning.


Healthy Competition

Elements of competition in a healthy way are used with peer interaction in positive ways .

Sight Reading

Sight reading in groups works very well.

Fun and stimulating

Practicing technical studies together(scales, etudes, etc.), is fun and stimulating.


Ensemble Playing

Ensemble playing is natural in the group. This repertoire is as important as solo repertoire.

Recital Roleplay

Students learn to be sensitive to one another, balance parts, and offer ensemble works in recital situations.

Overcomes Stage Fright

Students in Piano Class are constantly playing for others. This helps overcome stage fright, and establish a healthy climate for learning, one free of threat.


Student Critique

Students show each other "what works" in regards to effective practicing.

Problem Solving

Students and teacher solve musical problems together. Critical listening skills are developed by the students who listen to each other play and offer suggestions for improvement.

Great musicians are not born, they are taught.

How to Practice Piano

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