We offer private piano instruction for ages 4 yrs through adult. Beginner through advanced students will find lessons with a university trained music teacher to be a great fit for success. Lessons offered are 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the age and ability of the student. Private one-on-one instruction in a professional studio setting allows for more assistance for the student. Teachers focus only on the student and are not busy with other activities or distractions that are encountered in an in home setting.
We have a terrific way to keep your child interested in thqeir lessons! Students spend 45 minutes in our computer lab on specialized music theory software. From theory to learning to write their own music, the time in the lab helps a child to learn quicker and keeps their interest.
For those looking for a group class, we offer keyboard teams. The student that loves teamwork and the challenge of learning with others will enjoy the keyboard teams. For the very young student we suggest keyboard and our summer session "Intro To Piano" for ages 3-5 yrs.
For assistance in purchasing a piano or keyboard for your home, visit with our office to find out what options are available to you.
There are many studies on the benefits of piano lessons for children. The internet is filled with much information on the subject of young children studying the piano. Here we will explore the most talked about benefits that children can receive by participating in regular and consistant training on the piano. We do encourage you to do your exploring of other articles as well, in making your decision as to if piano instruction is right for your child.
Piano Lessons Help Children In School
Probably the most talked about benefit of young children taking piano lessons is that the lessons will help them in school. Once thought to be thought up by piano teachers to encourage families to consider piano lessons, there are now many studies that indicate that children do reap many benefits that transfers to a more successful rate in school. Matter of fact, there are studies that now show that children that learn to play an instrument have a higher possibility of scoring higher on both standard and spatial cognitive development tests. Some studies are indicating that children learning to play the piano, in particular actually score better in math when having to work with fractions and ratios.
Even preschoolers have been found to benefit from piano instruction. A study by Dr Frances Rauscher ( a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin) and Gordon Shaw ( a physicist at the University of California at Irvine) found that preschoolers who received paino lessons scored 34% higher than their nonmusical counterparts in tets that measured spatial-temporal reasoning, which is the brain function used to understand science, math, and engineering.
Piano Lessons Help With Concentration And Focus
Learning any new skill requires concentration and some focus on the part of the student. But learning to play the piano has some extra benefits for concentration and focus. Playing the piano connects both critical and creative thinking. This connection, which will assist them in anything they select to undertake in the future, along with the ability to read music, interpret the material into notes and rhythms and perform hand movements leads to a stronger level of concentration and focus. Consistant training in piano can then lead a better ability to handle projects that require high focus and concentration levels.
Piano Lessons Helps With Creative Thinking
The ability to transfer ink from paper to music for the ears is a wonderful skill and releases the creativity in children. Give a toddler a pan and a wooden spoon and you soon have music that makes every parent smile. Give a preschooler a drum or keyboard and the next highly acclaimed composer may of just gotten their start. Music itself causes the body to sway, the mind to create mental pictures, the breathe to release or be held and chills down our spine that touches us at our core. Moving the hands along the keys of the piano becomes kenetic and soon creates something. Learning to play the piano and allowing the body and mind to create may just be the start of training for creative writing, composing music, painting the next Monet or engineering a multi-story building.
Piano Lessons Improve Coordination
Most people will agree that learning to play the piano helps to develop better eye-hand coordination. Besides eye-hand coordination, you can also expect to see a better level of fine motor skills and eye tracking. Since it takes two hands to play the piano and they work independently of each other, one may be at a different tempo than the other, all of this leads to a higher level of dexterity and the ability to sort complex thought processes.
Piano Lessons Can Raise Self Esteem
Learning to play the piano can assist a child in building better self esteem. Taking weekly classes over several years can help a child to learn to keep a positive outlook when taking on difficult tasks. Understandiing that learning to play the piano takes work and dedication, and that mastering any new skill is a process can lead to a higher sense of achievement as the child moves from one completed piece to another. Children learn patience as they take on the task of learning more difficult music pieces and thus learn to approach difficult work with confidence and not become frustrated.
Learning To Play The Piano Can Offer Other Opportunities
Learning to play the piano, whether your child takes classes for several years or only a short time, can offer up other opportunities. First of all, learning to play the piano at a young age can also help them to learn to play other instruments with greater ease. Being able to play an instrument can also transfer into the opportunity to be a part of a very special group ensemble, band or orchestra, thus teaching cooperation and the ability to work and plan with others.
Children introduced to piano at a young age are also given the opportunity to learn and hear classical greats such as Mozart and Bach. Learning about the classical composers is a part of history that is left out of the typical history class in general, so students are exposed to a higher level of learning that most do not get introduced to until they are in an musaic appreciation class in college.
Children studying piano will be exposed to performance opportunities such as yearly or bi-yearly recitals. These recital are important in helping a child to learn that showcasing their newly acquired talents is an opportunity to share their musical talents and abilities. It is also a way to plan a path to reach set goals, and once reaching that goal, feeling a high sense of achievement musch like completing a competition or sporting event.
At a higher level, children that discover they have a love for the piano, or any other instrument, can also find themselves reaping the rewards and awards of performing and competing in festivals and competitions. This can lead to even a higher level of achievement such as being accepted into perfoming arts programs, high schools and collegiate departments.
No matter how you look at it, learning to play the piano as a young child has its benefits and rewards that can carry with them for a lifetime.
To find out more about our piano classes please call us at 580-256-3262
Adults Taking Piano Lessons
The 2008 NAMM Global Report on Music reported that 82% of adults who do not play a musical instrument wish that they did. The most basic reason is because music helps us to feel better about ourselves.
Learning to play the piano, for adults, has its own benefits and just because you did not take classes as a child does not mean that you cannot learn as an adult. As a matter of fact it may be just the opposite. Adults taking piano lessons and classes are there because they have made a choice to be in that position. Most children may express an interest in music but it is usually a parent and teacher that decide on the piano.
Adults will find that taking piano lessons actually can help or enhance job skills such as creative thinking, collaboration, social aptitude, expressive communication and confidence. The lessons can create a creative outlet that adds balance to work, family and personal time. It can also provide a social outlet with others of the same interest. It has been reported that some business owners and CEOs have actually picked up piano lessons to help relieve stress as well.
Seniors have found that going back to piano lessons or even starting as a beginner at piano lessons is a way to stay active, vibrant and mentally sharp. Besides helping with dexterity and memory, piano lessons also serve as a way to express themselves and share their new passion with others.
Some research has linked playing an instrument to the stimulation of areas of the brain involved with memory, which may have implications in preventing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Since learning the piano takes two hands to play, it may be a very good choice of an instrument to learn to play as a senior.
For more information on our piano lessons for adults, call us today at 256-3262. Weekly lessons are available as well as our FLEX classes that allows an adult to book class dates on a need basis.