Students will receive one on one private piano lesson each week with the same instructor. Lessons will focus not only on playing the piano, but also technique, ear – training, sight – reading and music theory. Our teachers will help you building your piano playing technique in a step – by – step approach ensuring that you learn all the foundations including scales, arpeggios, sight – reading and much more.This lesson is designed for each student, so you can choose whether you are interested in classical, pop or even get the ABRSM Certification. Parental involvement with practicing is required.
What is ABRSM?
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is an examination board based in London, United Kingdom, which provides examinations in music at centers around the world. ABRSM is one of the examination boards accredited to award graded exams and diploma qualifications in music within the UK.
AREAS OF STUDY
Music theory is the study of the structure of music. Or more simply put, it’s the language used to talk about the music we hear and play. Learning music theory is one of the most important things a musician can do as it helps them to not only become better performers, but also have a better understanding of the music they are playing and hearing. It also makes musical activities such as performing, composing, improvising, arranging, teaching music, or getting a music degree much easier once one gains a basic understanding of music theory.
During our piano lessons students will learn a range of different music theory subjects. The first thing we teach is notation which covers the staff, clefs, note names, rhythms, rests, intervals, meter and time signatures, key signatures, and dynamics. Students will also be taught about scales and chords (harmony), melodies, phrases, and musical forms. Whether you are an absolute beginner or already know a lot about music theory our piano lessons are individually tailored to cover everything from the most basic scales to the most advanced notation.
Sight-reading by definition is the reading and performing of a piece of written music that the performer has not seen before. It is also referred to as “prima vista”, which translates to “at first sight,” which is exactly what we teach our students to master: the ability to read and play a piece of music upon first sight. Just like learning to read words, learning how to sight-read music takes a lot of practice and discipline until it eventually becomes second nature. In each of our piano lessons, students are given a range of different tasks and activities to help them increase their sight-reading ability. They not only become adept at playing the notes accurately, but also learn to read and anticipate the changing dynamics in speed and volume as written.
Our exercises focus on sharpening students’ short-term musical memories to allow them to read ahead while playing a piece so that they play it correctly when they get to that section. Often highly skilled musicians can sight-read silently, meaning they can look at printed music and hear it in their heads without playing or singing it. All musicians are required to have good sight-reading skills as this makes learning new pieces much easier and quicker. As a result students are more likely to try learning new pieces of music by themselves, making them stronger and more well – rounded performers.
Ear – training (Aural Exercise):
Practicing ear training builds your awareness and understanding of the underlying components of music and strengthens your ability to relate the sounds to the theory, anticipate what will comes next in the music, and connect it all to your piano. You’ll learn to notate basic rhythms and pitch, and understand the relationships between notes.