WHEN TO BEGIN: The Early Start
The best time to begin music study is when both parent and child are ready. Some children (and parents) are ready at four (4) years old. Beginning in first or second grade is still in the range of the early start. Some children will ask to start if they have exposure to music. Many parents believe, as I do, that music study is an essential part of a well-rounded education and will take the lead. The tools of the Suzuki Method, namely CD recordings and patient parent participation at lesson and at home, provide early training with outstanding results. It is a fun way to learn and also nurtures the parent / child relationship.
SUZUKI SAID, "It's never too early OR too late to begin!" With older beginners I often introduce note-reading earlier - as soon as posture, pitch, and tone are secure." Many older children, teen-agers and adults of all ages are excellent beginners and become accomplished intermediate to advanced players.
PIANO LESSONS: Approach
Lessons are individual using the best tools of the Suzuki Method and Traditional Methods. The Suzuki Method focuses on ear training, while the Traditional Methods begin with note reading. I choose and combine the best elements of both methods for each student in each learning situation.
MUSIC & MATERIALS: selected and provided as needed by the teacher and paid for separately. A partial list includes the following:
Suzuki Piano School Vol. I & 2, Vol. 3 & 4 with the corresponding CD's by Valorie Lloyd Watts; A Dozen Day by Edna Mae Burnam; Piano Adventures - Lesson books Vol. 1 - 5 by Faber, Nancy and Randall Faber; Microcosmos Vol. I & II, Bartok. Upon reaching an intermediate level, scales, arpeggios, and cadences will be introduced. Students transferring from other teachers bring the current material they are working with to help facilitate a smooth and easy transition.
Please bring a stitched composition book for assignments and taking notes
Piano Lessons: Call or Contact for lesson pricing. Multiple classes available.
Registration Fee - $35
Private Instruction: weekly half-hour lesson
Special Event Prep: This class prepares the student for NH Solo & Ensemble Festival.
ENSEMBLE PROGRAM - Provided at NO Additional Cost ($300-$600 value)
Students who wish to play piano four-hands, duets with singers or violinists, or accompany the string ensemble may participate.
Required Recital Prep: 2-3 hrs per week group lesson for approximately 3 months. Beginning in the late winter - early spring. I provide an ensemble opportunity with music that will be included in the spring recital. Rehearsals are at the studio. Rehearsals are set-up around everyone's schedule and the majority of rehearsal time falls on Friday and Saturday. Playing together is challenging, fun, and increases piano and reading skills, social skills and musicianship.