P R I V A T E L E S S O N S
Private lessons of 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes are offered in piano, theory and composition. All lessons are taught in a supportive, nurturing environment. Every consideration is given to the musical and personal needs of each student.
Prospective students are required to set up an audition or interview with the instructor to assess the student’s goals and to form a plan that meets those goals. This highly individualized plan empowers the student to progress towards his or her own goals at a comfortable pace.
Students and teachers meet once or twice a week. Each student will have the opportunity to present their work in performance classes and recitals.
Please click here for our private lesson tuition and fees.
Piano lessons cover the following principles:
•Performance technique and musicianship
•Phrasing and tonality
•Music notation and sightreading
•Music theory and harmony
•Interpretation and musicality
Beginning students learn the fundamentals of keyboard performance and technique at their own pace: a basic knowledge of rhythmic values (i.e. whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, etc.) and the ability to sight-read at the piano in both treble and bass clefs.
Intermidiate students learn the ability to play major/minor scales and arpeggios working on more advanced works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Chopin and etc.
Advanced students design and develop their own unique study repertoire, learning different techniques and styles through an array of masterpieces.
Students learn the elements of music including notation, symbols, names of notes through fixed-do solfège, clefs, key signatures, major and all three minor scales, modal scales, intervals, triads, and seventh chords, as well as an introduction to four-part writing, analysis, and modulation.
Students are introduced to the reading of simple scores and apply basic skills learned in class through analysis. This instruction requires extensive outside preparation in the completion of weekly assignments in order for students to master the skills instructed in class.
This lesson introduces diatonic harmony and voice leading, as well as the basic principles of musical structure and design. Emphasis is given to compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.
In this lesson, students explore the principles and techniques of composition. Students complete 2 to 4 compositions each semester, each one addressing a particular compositional problem or challenge; instrumentation, which varies from solo to ensembles of six or more instruments, is specified. Students learn how to write music using advanced notation softwares such as Sibelius and Finale.
The lesson offers a unique opportunity to work as part of a community of fellow composers, confronting the same challenges and responding to them in individual ways. Readings provide immediate and decisive feedback about the practicalities of writing for instruments and voices and confirmation of the effectiveness of students compositional means and procedures. Extensive outside preparation is expected.
Please check out these wonderful pieces composed by Riley Gronlund and Nikolai Schwarz!