Why do piano teachers so often require students to read music before they can even feel the beat or sing the melody?
Why are children not moving, chanting, singing and having fun in their piano lessons?
Why can more advanced students play difficult repertoire and not be able to play “Happy Birthday” without music?
Why can some students play cadences fluently, yet be unable to improvise on tonic and dominant chords?
Why can many adults, after years of study, only play a few pieces that they learned in high school?
Why are so many adults unable to read unfamiliar music or accompany singers and instrumentalists?
Why do creating and improvising seem impossible to many adults who can read music?
Most students who are in private piano lessons are missing an essential ingredient to their growth: they are not learning how to think musically. They have not learned to ‘audiate’ music- and the process of audiation is essential for developing musicianship. Audiation is to music what thought is to language.
Imagine an exciting, new approach to piano study – one that teaches music as an aural (listening) art as well as a performing art.
Students in our classes learn sound before sight before theory. They listen, play, create, read and write music in that order – just like learning a language. They learn music with understanding.
Playing music is a outward expression of our inner musician. The more we learn to “hear”, the better we can play. It is only when a musician can audiate or think music in their head, that they can truly engage in musical creativity. This is the essence of real musicianship and lasts for a lifetime.
I can teach piano students to learn music quickly, play without anxiety, read music with understanding, play by ear and improvise. These skills are built on a solid musical foundation that grows over time.
We use the wonderful Music Moves for Piano series of books, supplemented by traditional and contemporary piano repertoire.
An audiation-based piano method is suitable for piano students of all ages.
From 4 years old, young children can take part in our Keyboard Games Small Group Lessons.
These piano groups have 2-4 students of similar age and level, and meet for 45-50 minutes once a week. Children engage in movement, singing, improvisation, and music pattern activities, all in the context of learning to play the piano. In the early stages they will learn short, game-like piano pieces with careful guidance in keyboard skills and technique.
Group Lessons for Older Children
Children of all ages benefit from longer small group lessons. Children meet once a week for a 50-60 minutes lesson.
Please see the Music Moves for Piano page to read more about our audiation-based approach.
Adult and Transfer Students
Individual lessons may be available to older and transferring students.
Piano Lessons are held in our sunny studio in Marion.
We offer a personal interview and consultation to prospective students.