Preschool and Kindergarten piano classes, ages 4-7
$30.00 registration fee (includes initial books and materials)
$50.00, due at 1st lesson each month
30 minute lessons………………………$75.00, due at 1st lesson each month
45 minute lessons……………………….$112.50, due at 1st lesson each month
60 minute lessons……………………….$150.00, due at 1st lesson each month
Piano lessons are held in Logan, Utah.
Beginning students receive two 30 minute weekly lessons, and more advanced students receive 45 or 60 minute lessons. Lessons are held once per week, and each student is expected to practice a minimum of five days per week. On average, beginning students practice 30 min. each day, and more advanced students practice 45 min. and longer.
New beginning students are asked to pay a fee to cover the cost of materials. Lesson materials cost 40 dollars for beginning students, and payment of this fee holds your spot until the following month. I pick up the materials and give them to you at the first lesson.
I use the following methods, depending on each student’s learning style and personality:
Piano Made Fun for the Young – Using songs to teach basic piano concepts, this method is perfect for young children, ages 4-7. Half of the lesson is spent singing about piano concepts, and the half is spent at the keyboard. Children are encouraged to explore the piano and creatively, and each piano key is given an animal name. The piano pieces learned are songs about these animals, corresponding to which note is being learned.
Piano Adventures by Faber – A more traditional method with smooth pacing for most beginners. It includes enjoyable, musically rich beginner pieces and includes ear training, composition, improvisation, technique and theory.
Reading Keyboard Music – A nontraditional method that teaches note reading in a logical, pattern-oriented way. Students learn the letter names of the notes after learning to read on the staff. Instead, Place Specific Names® are used which directly relate key location to staff placement. Students learn to read notes on the staff quickly. This method also includes some technical training as well as basic rhythm.
Music for Little Mozarts by Alfred – An excellent method for the young beginner which, in addition to traditional learning, includes wonderful games and activities that enrich the musical development of young children (5-6 years old) or the slower learner. One unique thing about this method is that it includes a story of characters Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear, and their development at the piano that engages the child and helps him/her sustain interest in piano lessons.
An enjoyable, musical, comprehensive method. It moves slightly faster than Piano Adventures.
Often, when siblings take lessons, I find it helpful to use different method books, to eliminate competition between siblings of different ages/learning speeds, so that each child feels confident about his or her own learning pace.
Sheet Music Retailers and Other Resources:
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Where to find other teachers:
One website that has helped a few students find me is Thumbtack.com. Their site is great for connecting students and teachers, and for finding other services as well. Students and customers can post reviews of service providers, which is super helpful when choosing who to do business with.