New beginner students start with a basic foundational series of lesson books. Each book progresses a student through another phase of learning how to read music, understand theory behind music and how to play the piano. In addition, special music - such as classical, jazz and popular songs - are interspersed for fun and added variety. Introducing new music assists the teacher in learning more about the student's musical passions for future enhancement and their personal enjoyment.
Typically, it seems important to simply continue with the same lesson books from former teachers. It is then determined what additional music, theory, exercise and sight-reading materials should be added to further a student's progression.
The process for beginners and transfers also applies to adults. In addition, adults can have more input regarding the pace of lessons as well as types of music to be played. Adults are not required to participate in performance class or recitals, unless they desire. We encourage everyone to share music by playing their "special" pieces with family and friends as that can be very rewarding.
To create a safe environment during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, virtual lessons became available to all students. Although we're back in the studio with in-person lessons, this method of teaching will continue to be used to fulfill various needs, such as: preferred method of lessons, health issues, attendance concerns, bad weather days and lessons by students outside the Fort Collins area.
This method of taking piano lessons has been very successful and is relatively easy to set-up and maintain for students. Participants will receive a Student Set-Up Checklist with preparation instructions to start and maintain their online lessons, whether for weekly lessons or special needs.