Individual lessons are the most effective way to learn to play an instrument. The big advantage of individual instruction is the seamless match of student's needs with the instruction offered. This individual approach ensures that the student receives specifically for him or her designed instruction -within a method- for a well balanced, systematic progress at any level.
Semi-private lessons are lessons taken with a friend or a sibling and best suited for children ages 4-8. The benefits of having a peer do the same tasks and developing the same skills at the same time is key here. Once the student reaches the age of 7 to 9, transition to individual lessons is recommended.
Group classes are offered for piano, violin and guitar at this time. Students learn the basics of playing an instrument; recognizing notes, basic reading skills and technique. Signing and solfège, for rhythm and pitch recognition, are also part of the group class activity. Group classes also focus on the fundamentals of instrumental technique, the correct use of body and hand positions and movements. The group classes prepare young students for intermediate level private instruction and can be a fun introduction to learning an instrument for the first 1 to 2 years of instruction. Parents are encouraged to attend the classes, so homework assignments are clear to everyone, and parents can share the joy of learning with their child.
Music Theory and Aural Skills Classes
Theory class focuses on the elements that construct a piece such as notation, time signatures, key signatures, rhythm, scales, intervals, chords, phrase and its construction, basic composition with harmonization and common chord progressions.
Students must be enrolled in private lessons to be eligible for theory classes. Class size is between 4 and 8 students.
Chamber Music Classes
Ensemble playing or chamber music lessons are available for intermediate and advanced level students. Ensembles can consist of any combination of instruments
Students should be signed up for individual lessons to be eligible for chamber music lessons. Teacher’s recommendation is required for this course.