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the gift of music lasts a lifetime
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We help kids start or continue their musical journeys. It’s about building a strong foundation as they explore music. Our basic approach with all children is to nurture, empower, and inspire them to appreciate and grow to love playing music of styles they choose. Typically, we use a variety of methods to get new learners to progress as a complete musician. Our goal is to help kids develop their interest to go into their unique own particular musical direction. At any stage, we build solid fundamentals and musical mastery – infused with music appreciation.
There are a lots of views when children should start lessons. And it really does depend upon the child and his or her wanting to do it, focus, drive, enthusiasm, and attention span. Typically, ages 6-9 are good beginning points. However, we can actually take kids as young as 4. It does help significantly if a child can read before they start taking piano lessons. Check out some of the methods we use – many of which can be carried into teen years.
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First Piano Lessons
Sara Mullett’s method can actually work well for children as young as age 4. It’s for kids who can focus, are well behaved, and can sit still – more or less! The activities are really fun and engaging – they require lots of love and support from family. And we recommend shorter more frequent lessons – your child’s special musical funtime! Of course, learning the language of music takes time.
For kids under 5, we typically recommend lessons of no more than 15 or 20 minutes. A young beginner won’t have much coordination and motor skill. Sitting still and concentrating is also challenging. But it can be done. And it really depends on the child – who’ll take the lead with parental support and happy engagement (Grandparents are great at this!). If your child’s hands are really small, it’s probably best to wait for a year or so for growing and getting stronger. The method includes:
• Step by step intro of basic piano skills for young beginners
• Popular & effective games & activities
• Compiled for easy use & convenience
• Printable resources & flashcards
• Content to support lessons & practice
• Fun & friendly
• Builds a firm foundation & lasting love of piano
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An engaging, fun, and visual way to teach musicality and piano performance to a child up to 12 years old. Like a lot of the Hal Leonard published books, Piano Adventures has set an excellent standard for quality educational publications. Innovative and exciting, the method has gotten outstanding response from teachers and students around the world. But we teach it because it’s fun! The core of each of its 8 levels includes: Lesson, Theory, Technique & Artistry, and Performance. Additional correlating publications such as Sightreading, Popular Repertoire and Christmas Books are available.
• Includes 8 levels
• Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner
• Adult Piano Adventures
• My First Piano Adventure for Young Beginners
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We like this 4-level course by Mona Rejino for typically older kids (with some or no experience) starting around age 10 through adults. It helps students master music theory. New concepts are gradually introduced in a clearly presented format followed by effective reinforcement. Each book features three sections of “Musical Mastery” including ear training, mastery in rhythm, symbols, reading, and analysis. It’s a nice enhancement and supplement to any method book.
• Apply theoretical knowledge in a musical context
• Covers improvisation, transposition
• Reading lead lines & standard chord progressions
• Theory Mastery with review & ear training
• Creative & fun approach