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Mini Mozart | Beginning Piano Lessons | Voice Lessons

Mini Mozart
Pre-Piano Classes
Ages 3-5

Young children that are introduced to music at the piano can often be overwhelmed.  It is hard for preschoolers to sit for a half and hour and to focus on all the aspects that go into reading music and coordinating it with your hands.  For ages 3-5, enroll your child in Mini Mozart classes! Your preschooler will spend the first few months in classes in the comfort of your home being introduced to aspects of music away from the piano, so that the building blocks of music are already in place before combining everything together at the piano to play.   

Ages 3-5 will have lessons that consist of the following activities.  When the child is confident in their skills in these areas, we will move into the Bastien Series  “Piano for the Young Beginner: Primer A.” 

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Movement in Music

Music and Movement uses ideas from The Dalcroze-Eurythmics school, to teach rhythm to young children by encouraging a physical response to the music. 

  • Children will learn to associate different rhythmic counts with the way it fits into their bodies rhythmically. 

    Skips = dotted quarter notes
    Quarter Notes = Marching notes
    Half Notes = Jogging notes
    Eighth Notes = Running Notes
    Whole Notes = Giant Steps

  • Musical stories will indirectly teach dynamics, range on the piano, mood of music, and to help the child explore and develop their imagination when connecting with music. 

How does it work? 

Introducing the piano and all its’ parts. 

  • Learning where the low notes and high notes are on the piano.
  • Looking inside the piano and seeing the stings and hammers. 
  • Learning how to make soft sounds and loud sounds on the piano.
  • Learning about patterns on the piano with the black note groupings.

Musical Fingers and Left and Right

Preschoolers can practice what they are learning at school and at home in piano lessons.

  • Games to practice the difference between left and right hands and what cleff is associated with each hand. 
  • Counting games to practice what finger is associated with which number, which will then transfer when we begin reading notes.   

Kodaly Solfege

Students will learn solfege and the corresponding hand signs.  Once the student starts learning to read notes, solfege will help to create a second association of where on the keyboard the notes are, and what the melody line is suppose to sound like before the student plays the notes.  Solfege also helps to create relative pitch in young students. 

 

Putting It All Together

Once the student has a grasp on the preceding aspects of music, we will be ready to introduce notes and reading music with the Bastien Series  “ Piano for the Young Beginner: Primer A.”  

  • Lessons will now consist of learning chronologically through the book.
  • Lessons will be supplemented with games and songs to learn notes on the piano, and patterns and fingering.
  • Lessons will focus on reviewing posture at the piano and the “C” cave to hold fingers. 
  • Students will be able to log into “Music Teacher’s Helper” to see a calendar of their lesson times, assignments, feedback to parents on how to help their children practice, and encouraging notes from the previous lesson.
  • Stickers will be used as a reward for a lesson where the student listens and stays focused throughout. 

Beginning Piano Lessons
Ages 6 and Up

Each student is unique, and learns at a different speed and through different means.  It is important that as the teacher, I am constantly revising lesson plans and inventing new ways to get concepts though to students. 

  • Students will begin lessons with scales and fingering patterns.
  • Beginners will play games and learn songs to practice note names, time signatures, and rhythms.  
  • Skills will then be put into action using the “Bastien” piano book series.  Beginners will use a book consisting of piano literature,  and the corresponding theory book from the same series. 

Materials and Practicing:

  • Students should bring their piano books to each lesson from the “Bastien” series.
  • Each week, the student will get one new flashcard based one thing that the student needs to focus on from the lesson.  These “focus cards” will build on each other and be integrated into the games of each lesson. 
  • Students will be able to log into “Music Teacher’s Helper” to see a calendar of their lesson times, assignments, feedback to parents on how to help their children practice, and encouraging notes from the previous lesson.

The Composer’s Club

To help young students build on long-term goals, and feel a strong sense of accomplishment, students can work to join “The Composer’s Club.” 
  • Club Mozart- Student will be a part after he or she can play scales “C”, “F” and “G” and one memorized song. The student will be awarded a certificate with his or her name on it and a small prize.
  •  Club Beethoven- Students will be a part after he or she can play all the major scales starting on white notes and two memorized pieces.  The student will be awarded a certificate with his or her name on it and a small prize.
  • Club Bach- Students will be a part after he or she can play all major scales starting on black notes and two memorized pieces. The student will be awarded a certificate with his or her name on it and a small prize.

Voice Lessons 
Ages 12 and up

As a teacher of voice, my goal is to promote healthy singing in the bel canto tradition.  I strive to create an atmosphere where my students see the benefits of practice and technique as well as feeling confident and freedom to express themselves artistically.

Students will work on the following in lessons: