Our desire as always is to see kids excel in their music, have fun at the piano, and actually ENJOY playing at home every day.
We know that one day students will leave us, and our goal is for all students to be able to pick up a piece of music and be able to sit down and play it. Our lesson format gives students the tools to be able to get to that point.
We want every student to be an independent learner, to be able to look at a piece of music and determine, for beginners, their starting hand position and be able to successfully play the correct notes in a piece. For advanced students, we want them to know how to skilfully sightread and to be able to deconstruct music and compellingly play a piece from the very first play through. Is this lesson format more work for a student? Yes – they have to figure out some information on their own. We are always there to help when they are actually stuck or have questions and we also help with technique, theory concepts and interpretation.
Many students have a learned helplessness, and they want everything spoon-fed to them. We don’t believe that is doing any favours for them. We want students to make the initial effort to figure out their music. Every week, students get better and better at this skill and their self-confidence and self-assurance grows. Ultimately, they are better pianists because of it.