BEGINNING PIANO LESSONS

Beginning piano lessons at any age teaches you how to play YOUR favorite songs, learn new skills, and receive those WOW! magic moments of musical discovery. Rewards from the music you will learn when you study with me are very satisfying emotionally, physically, and intellectually.


Here is one of my young students taking an online lesson from her  home.  I thank her grandmother for the following comments:

I cannot say enough about how much of a difference Carol can make in a child's life.  Simply stated she is a gift for anyone who takes lessons from her.  Her patience, encouragement and genuine delight with her students is what makes her so special.   I would recommend her to anyone of any age for lessons.

Diana, grandmother of my 11 year old student




Many thanks to the grandmother of another online student for the following recommendation.

On-line piano instruction works! Grams and gramps: this makes a great gift for your grandchildren for any occasion! I know! My fourteen year old grandson is really enjoying his online piano lessons from Carol at Carol's Piano Studio. It's a gift that can last a lifetime.

Harriet, pianist, mother of eight, grandmother of three from Ithaca, New York



~Young Children

Some children who are pre-readers often learn to play by using the Suzuki Method of teaching for beginning piano lessons. This method includes learning to play just as they learned to speak using the Mother Tongue Approach by watching, listening and imitating posture, hand positions and other aural and visual experiences before reading the music on the staff. Parents sit in on all lessons, take notes and work at home with their children to reinforce concepts taught at the lessons. There are CDs that come with the Lesson Books. Children learn a lot by listening to them every day even before they begin learning the pieces in the book.

Some students' beginning piano lessons use more traditional methods. I can help you decide the best method to begin with your child. Whatever way you begin you will learn good posture, the best hand positions and fingering patterns for playing pieces on the piano or keyboard. All children actively learn the concepts: up, down; high, low; loud, soft; fast, slow; left, right as they apply to the piano keyboard. These concepts are essential for learning to play in addition to relating them to life's experiences.


~School Age Children

You will learn many songs in different styles by composers who are alive today to composers who lived many years ago. Through their music these talented people become alive again in our minds. You can picture yourselves living during these periods of time. Click on Historical Perspective to find out.


~Adults

No matter what your age, beginning piano lessons taken online or locally will have positive results. Within the past few years music has been found to have profound effects on the brain. Sari N. Harrar (Music as Medicine: Prevention 2012) wrote: Exciting research suggests that the brain responds to music almost as if it were medicine. It may regulate some body functions, synchronize motor skills, stimulate the mind - even make us smarter. Go to Brain Fitness.

In the 2008 News & World Report Magazine Katherine Puckett, the national director of mind-body medicine at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, said, Music can activate the relaxation response, which helps promote deep breathing, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, ease muscle tension and create less stress.


~Bringing Music to Life

What music experiences have you had that had an effect on your emotions?

I like to think of stories to express feelings that are evoked from the music I play. You will discover certain music elements - such as types of chords, melodies or rhythms that are used.  Every song can connect to a story by the way of our emotions we feel when we hear or play it. Teaching this idea helps my students bring the music they play to life. Click on Elements of Music


~Patterns

For all ages beginning piano lessons, recognizing patterns on the keyboard while becoming aware of the direction of the notes, are very important pre-reading experiences.

Exercises using 5 fingers scales (pentascales), chords and arpeggios are patterns that will help you to recognize them in pieces you will be learning while helping to strengthen your fingers.

No matter what method is used in your beginning piano lessons, you will learn that music is all about sounds and silences within patterns. Comparing one pattern to another helps you learn to recognize these arrangements of notes on the piano or digital keyboard and in the actual music notation on the staff.

~~Patterns can also be seen in other art forms such as quilting. Click on this link to find out: http://www.all-about-quilts.com/free-on-line-quilt-patterns.html Some of the patterns you see here in All About Quilts/Free On-line Quilt Patterns may give you ideas to create your own patterns when you learn beginning improvisation at the piano.

I will help you to recognize patterns in all music you will learn in order to help make playing the piano a non stressful great learning experience. In addition to seeing these patterns only on the keyboard and hearing them when listening to music you will also be able to find them visually in songs you will be learning that are written out on music staff paper.

For example, you may have a song that has a beginning section, a middle section, and then an ending section that is just like the beginning section. The pattern here is A B A. After you sign up for piano lessons you will learn that patterns are almost everywhere to be found in your music.


~Supportive Environment

For children it may be the first time a child has a one on one weekly relationship with another adult besides his or her parent. Learning to play piano works best in a supportive environment online and at home. Enjoyable and practical hands-on experiences are situations where optimal learning can take place. You will find this to be true when you and/or your children study with me.



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