A student receiving piano lessons can do a weekly half-hour lesson in the comfort of their own home. As they progress, they will expand their keyboard knowledge by learning various styles of music, chord theory, applying scales to their playing, and much more. In addition, every year, we hold our Up Tempo Student Concert, where piano students can join a band with a guitar player, a singer, and a drummer. The concert is the year's highlight, and piano students get a fantastic experience performing on stage.
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With Up Tempo Music Lessons, our piano instructors offer unique piano lessons designed to engage students. Think of it as a hybrid of traditional piano lessons with a modern approach. On the traditional side, students learn to read notes on the treble clef and bass clef, how to read rhythm notation, and dynamic markings in sheet music. Our modern approach focuses on reading chord charts, improvising, and playing in the context of a band. Both methods are essential and complement each other as the student progresses through the program.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the best age to start piano?
Students ages six and up typically do well with the Up Tempo piano program. Kids start learning basic notes on the keyboard, and proper hand position. They also learn introductory chords to play popular songs. We tailor lessons to meet the student's needs while taking them through a planned curriculum.
What kind of piano do I need for lessons?
Most pianos work for the Up Tempo program. Acoustic pianos, like upright pianos and grand pianos, need to be tuned regularly.
We recommend Bob’s Piano Service for your piano maintenance. Electric pianos work for lessons as well. Students perform on an electric piano for our concerts, so it is useful to be accustomed to how they feel. Electric pianos should have 88 fully weighted keys. The Kawaii Digital Piano is an excellent example of one we recommend. If you have questions about a piano you own, we can answer any questions you have.
Should my child focus only on classical music?
Classical music is wonderful, and we're big fans of it! Through years of teaching, we have found some students respond well to classical music, but a lot of students need a wide variety of styles to hone in on what they click with the best. The biggest factor in a student sticking with piano lessons is the connection they have to the material they get to learn. We have a blog post you can check read to hear more about our approach to music styles!
How much should my child practice?
Practice is an essential part of a musician's growth. It teaches persistence and builds habits of continuous improvement. However, it is easy to slip into the mindset of practice being a chore.
Our instructors guide students on what they should practice, rather than how long. We give them focused practice techniques to accomplish the material. The most significant step in practice is starting a practice session. If the student knows what to work on, the time spent practicing becomes just a number, and students can often lose track of time when they focus on their goals. We do have a blog post on practice that goes in-depth with our approach.
Those habits can be challenging to build, so here are some general practice times for age and ability. The older and more experienced students should dedicate more time to practice. A beginner student under the age of 10 should aim for 10-15 minutes of practice 3-4 times a week. Intermediate students can expect to spend approximately 30 minutes of practice 4-5 times a week.