About piano lessons:
Lessons are shaped by a creative approach to the piano which enables students to develop a love of music while learning fundamental skills.
Students will learn:
- piano technique
- reading music
- playing by ear
- artistry and performance skills
- music theory
- creative skills such as improvisation and composition
- piano duets
Most students will follow a program of study based on a method book series (such as Celebrate Piano and Piano Adventures) or the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus. This program is supplemented by other music that is of particular interest to the student: pop music, movie/TV themes, jazz and classical favourites, Christmas songs, etc.
Lessons are weekly.
30 Minute Lessons
- Recommended for beginners and younger students.
- Also suitable for other students pursuing piano on a more “recreational” level.
45 Minute Lessons
- Recommended for Late-Elementary & Intermediate level students.
- Students preparing for Royal Conservatory Piano Exams (Preparatory A/B – Level 4) must have at least a 45-minute lesson.
- Theory included.
60 Minute Lessons
- Recommended for students studying at RCM Levels 5-10.
- Theory included.
Daily practice is essential to successful lessons, as the lesson is only one part of the piano student’s learning process.
Recommended daily practice:
|Ages 5-7||15-20 minutes||Ages 10-13||30-45 minutes|
|Ages 8-9||20-30 minutes||Ages 14 and up||45-60 minutes|
Practice is most successful when students are focussed on specific practice goals. Consistency is key; shorter practice sessions every day are better than longer sessions only two or three times per week.
Students are encouraged to take part in a variety of performances throughout the year.
Studio recitals are held in December and June. All students are invited to perform one or two selections for an audience of family and friends. After the recital, we celebrate with a reception for students and audience members.
Many students also choose to participate in the Queen’s County Music Festival, PEIRMTA Young Musicians Recitals and Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.*
*Any student preparing for an RCM exam should participate in at least four performances per year.