Kindergarten Department Weekly Group Class
The Piano Detectives Club is a unique program for kindergartners. Students participate in a 60-minute group class once per week, and within the class, each student receives a 10-minute private lesson. The class is comprised of hands-on activities and games to provide a positive introduction to the piano, while at the same time creating a solid foundation for reading, rhythm, and technical skills. Progressing individually and establishing good practice habits are the goals of the private lesson. Practice assignments are age appropriate and designed to foster complete musicianship at the piano. Because of the specific design of the class, the Piano Detectives Club is limited to students who are in kindergarten. Class size is limited.
Elementary Department Weekly Group + Weekly Private Lesson
Students receive a one-hour group lesson plus a half-hour private lesson each week. Group lessons are devoted to developing complete musicianship. Students become fluent readers, develop a strong rhythmic sense and build a solid technical foundation. In addition, they study keyboard theory, improvising and composing, learn efficient practice skills, and perform music in a wide variety of styles. The private lesson concentrates on individual progress and the development of technical skill, musicianship and expressive performance.
Intermediate/Advanced Department Weekly Private Lesson + Bi-Weekly Repertoire Class
This study plan includes a 45- or 60-minute private lesson weekly, with a repertoire class every other week. In the private lesson, students focus on repertoire from all periods of piano literature and develop technical and musical skills. In class, students enhance their knowledge of the repertoire through hearing performances by their peers and from the comments of the teacher. They also increase their understanding of theory and music history while gaining experience in composing and exploring the rich literature of ensemble music.
Program for Excellence in Piano Study Weekly Private Lesson + Bi-Weekly Repertoire Class + Monthly Small Group
The PEPS program identifies and nurtures students whose musical and artistic gifts warrant an accelerated study plan. The program includes a 60-minute private lesson each week, plus a 60-minute repertoire class every other week. Students also participate in partner lessons that occur on a rotating basis with Marvin Blickenstaff, Director of the PEPS program.The bi-weekly repertoire classes enrich students’ knowledge of music theory and music history while enhancing performance and critical listening skills. Students in the PEPS program perform regularly and participate in local and state festivals. Placement is by audition.
Lunchtime Piano for Adults Basic Beginner Group Class
Enjoy music and learn to play piano! This dynamic, 8-week group class will encourage the development of each participant’s abilities in a relaxed and fun environment. Utilizing top-notch equipment including two concert grand pianos, a digital piano, practice keyboards, and Smart Board visual technology, students will learn to play pieces from a varied and interesting repertoire ranging from classical to pop. Concepts of theory, technique, sight reading, and chording are presented gradually for success. A mix of musical warm ups, ensembles, solos, and notation exercises provide the structure of each 50-minute lesson. (Students must have a keyboard or piano for practicing on their own between lessons. Additional music and materials are provided with the course.)
Adult Department Weekly Private Lesson + Repertoire Classes
Offered to beginners as well as advanced pianists, this program provides conventional private piano study for adult students, with a curriculum planned to meet each student’s interests and abilities. An informal group session (repertoire class) is available six times a year providing adults with an opportunity to play for one another.