Keys

The piano is a springboard for the study of all other instruments. On the piano, students learn to read notes simultaneously in two different clefs (treble and bass) while developing their sense of polyphony (hearing more than one sound at the same time).

The piano is a springboard for the study of all other instruments. On the piano, students learn to read notes simultaneously in two different clefs (treble and bass) while developing their sense of polyphony (hearing more than one sound at the same time). The piano is physically easy to play, making it possible for a student to make a good musical sound or combination of notes on the piano faster than on any other instrument. This reinforces the desire to learn. The keyboard configuration also facilitates the combination of aural and visual learning, helping the student to see, while they simultaneously hear, the relationships of notes, intervals and chords. Lastly, the simultaneous use of both hands on the keyboard helps develop left brain-right brain communication.

At the House of Music we emphasize the fundamentals of good playing while offering students a musical diet that includes many different styles such as classical, blues, pop and jazz. This approach keeps students motivated and earns them recognition from their peers. Students will learn important skills such as sight- reading, theory, chord harmonization, transposition, and improvisation.

A Word about Keyboards

The history of the piano has been driven by technological change. So it is logical that today’s leading digital pianos, which use sampled sound from the world’s very finest concert grands, offer many advantages over traditional, moderately priced conventional instruments. Digital pianos and keyboards automatically maintain proper tuning, so a student learns to hear notes and intervals accurately from the very beginning. This is critical to the development of a student’s musical “ear.” Keyboards also produce multiple voices (instrument sounds), exposing students to the myriad tonal possibilities that characterize our digital age while making digital instruments much more entertaining for young people than conventional pianos.

We offer one-on-one instruction combining traditional methodology with modern teaching techniques, including interpretation of rhythm, theory and composition for lesson-only students and those involved in the performance groups.

Private lessons are designed to develop independent musical skills as well as to support the instruction received in the group rehearsals. Ensemble playing enhances a student’s ability to hear and respond to music as it is most frequently played. The group setting also provides powerful social reinforcement for music appreciation and encourages practicing.

Four Levels of Performance-Based Groups


All student musicians enrolled in our Advanced Student Performance Program
will receive:

  • 40-minute weekly private music lesson.
  • Weekly two and one half hour band rehearsal to prepare for the rock concert
  • Enhanced learning in key areas such as stage performance, harmonies,
    musicianship and more
  • Choice of new show themes every season

All student musicians enrolled in our Intermediate Student Performance
Program will receive:

  • 40-minute weekly private music lesson.
  • Weekly one and one half hour band rehearsal to prepare for the rock concert
  • Enhanced learning in key areas such as stage performance, harmonies,
    musicianship and more
  • Choice of new show themes every season

All student musicians enrolled in our Beginner Student Performance Program
will receive:

  • 30-minute weekly private music lesson.
  • Weekly hour band rehearsal
  • Enhanced learning in key areas such as stage performance, harmonies,
    musicianship and more
  • Input on show themes every season

Adult Student Performance-Based Group


All student musicians enrolled in our Adult Student Performance Program will
receive:

  • 40-minute weekly private music lesson.
  • Weekly two and one half hour band rehearsal to prepare for the rock concert
  • Enhanced learning in key areas such as stage performance, harmonies,
    musicianship and more
  • Choice of new show themes every season