In order for students to master the concepts taught in weekly lessons, they must commit to daily practice at home. The amount of time required is dependent upon the length of weekly lessons, age, and what Piano Pathway the student is studying on. Having a quality instrument is crucial for developing finger strength, proper technique, and developing the musical ear. An acoustic piano is best, but a full-sized keyboard with 88 hammer-action or weighted keys will work for beginner students. For example: the Yamaha P-115 or Yamaha Clavinova.
Just a note, many students are able to purchase quality, inexpensive acoustic pianos for less cost than a keyboard from local sales and online sites such as Craigslist.org.
The only item you will need to shop for is a piano or keyboard. All books and are purchased from the teacher. You will be invoiced for books upon registration confirmation. The only items needed for the first lesson is the Parent/Student Information Page from the Student Information Packet, the Signature Page from the Student Information Packet, and payment if paying with Check or Cash.
Weekly lessons are either 30, 45, or 60 minutes. It is one-on-one, instruction, not group lessons. (KiddyKeys classes are formatted differently. See the KiddyKeys page under the Preschool tab for more info.) The focus of lessons varies upon skill level, current Piano Pathway that has been selected by the student, and age. Students will study pieces in their current method book, have educational iPad games to boost understanding of concepts, have ear training, off-the-bench activities such as rhythm cups, study musical theory, composition, and history. Each lesson is tailored to the needs of the individual student.
Lessons are conveniently located on West New Haven Avenue (192) right at the intersection of Babcock and New Haven. See Contact page for a Google map.
KiddyKeys preschool piano is for ages 2-5 years old. Private lessons begin for ages 4 and older for beginners to early advanced. Adults are always welcome too!
Registration is easy! Simply fill out your info on the contact form and you will be sent the Student Information Packet which gives in-depth explanations of Guidelines and Expectations and includes a Parent/Student Information Page and a Media Release Form.
Your teacher will reply to your email and schedule your lesson day/time. Once that is confirmed, students are invoiced through email and can either pay online using Credit, PayPal, or ApplePay or in person at the first lesson using Check or Cash. Simply bring the registration form with you to your first lesson! For more info on tuition, see Tuition tab above.