Each piano student at the Institute receives one individual lesson per week. At each lesson, the instructor observes and listens to the student playing several pieces or exercises. This usually includes material the student has previously learned, as well as the piece the student is currently working on. The instructor will also introduce new material. The parent attends each lesson and helps the student work on the material throughout the week of practice at home. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s age, attention span, and level of advancement. Generally, beginners start with 15 or 20-minute lessons. As the student advances, the length of the lessons may increase and the student will be introduced to reading music.
Piano students at the Institute also receive weekly or bi-monthly group lessons. The purpose of group lessons is to provide students with motivation, develop their self-confidence, teach them reading skills and music theory, and to have fun! Group lessons are often a student’s favorite music-related activity. The younger or less advanced students benefit from the modeling provided by the older students, and the older students enjoy being leaders. The informal learning situation increases the self-confidence of all of the students. Group lessons are also an excellent opportunity for parents to meet each other and share experiences.
Piano group lessons provide each student with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, further building the student’s self-confidence. Each student also learns to be part of the audience, drawing motivation from listening to more advanced students. Theory activities, rhythm games, and composer stories are also part of the group lesson. Students that regularly attend group lessons learn more and learn faster.
Please contact one of the instructors if you wish to arrange a time to observe a group lesson.
Please contact an instructor regarding enrollment. Students are enrolled at the instructor’s discretion—the instructor may recommend that your child take the Explore Suzuki Music class before piano lessons.