Especially for younger kids, the format in which piano instruction is delivered can be a make or break issue. There are two basic options: private piano lessons (one-on-one learning with a piano teacher) or group piano classes (a piano teacher working with a group of piano students in our specially equipped digital piano lab, where each student has his/her own piano and headphones).
Our group piano classes are designed for students who are motivated by group dynamics, or just enjoy working as part of a team. The social interaction helps these students stay motivated and challenged in a supportive, friendly environment. For the beginning to early intermediate student, group piano lessons provide a psychologically sound environment for learning through collaboration, positive peer influence, and frequent classroom performance opportunities. Students are grouped according to age and ability.
During a typical group piano class, the students will play some pieces aloud in unison. This ensures students develop the fundamental skill of playing with a steady beat and accurate rhythm. At other times, students will take turns playing different sections of a song. This offers each student the opportunity to be heard, while teaching the rest of the class to follow the music visually. When working on a new piece of a difficult musical passage, piano students may wear headphones so they can work independently and the teacher can offer individual help.
New musical concepts and theory are taught by the teacher to the group as a whole and reinforced with worksheets and games designed to make learning more fun.
Each weekly piano group class is 60 minutes in length and limited to just a few students per class.
We also offer "Buddy Classes" ("Semi-Private Lessons") for two students of the same age and ability. A Buddy Class is 45 minutes in length. The classroom is set up as a group piano lab with each student using an individual instrument for the class. Students are grouped according to age and ability. New Buddy Classes may begin at any time subject to available instructors.