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Piano Classes for Beginners
WINTER-SPRING SEMESTER 2017
(Jan. 30, 2017 through June 19, 2017)

Open House Registration Classes: Monday, Jan. 30 – Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Parents of new or unregistered students meet at the scheduled time of class.

First Classes Mon., Jan. 30 Tues., Jan. 31 Wed., Feb. 1 Thurs., Feb. 2 Fri., Feb. 3 Sat., Feb. 4
10:10 AM   HR - 1 MM - 1     HR - 3
11:20 AM           YM - 1
12:30 PM           KM - 1
1:30 PM           KP - 1
2:30 PM            
3:30 PM            
4:30 PM   YM - 3 YM - 1 YM - 1    
5:30 PM HR - 1 KM - 4 HR - 1 HR - 2    
6:30 PM KP - 3 KP - 1 KP - 2 KP - 1    

Music in Me (MM)

Ages 3 years

  • 15 Weeks per semester (2 semesters)
  • 30 Minutes per week
  • Parent participation

Emphasis on ear training, movement, singing, rhythms, and keyboard geography.

Harmony Road Course (HR)

Beginning ages 4 years and 5 years

  • 18 Weeks per semester (4 semesters)
  • 50 Minutes per week
  • Parent participation

The ideal time to begin musical training is between 4 and 6 years.  This is when a child’s sense of hearing is most receptive and the desire for self-expression through music is forming.  This course is designed to make the most of that sensitive time in a child’s life.  Through singing, ear training, rhythm, solfege (pitch identification through “do, re, mi” syllables), introduction to keyboard, and preparation for reading and ensemble playing, a Harmony Road instructor will work to nurture your child’s natural love for music. 

 

One or both parents attend class, serving as learning partners to their child, both in class and at home.  This course provides an incomparable foundation for future direction in music a child may wish to take.  Graduates progress to the Keyboard Musician course.

Young Musician Course (YM)

Beginning ages 6 years and 7 years

  • 18 Weeks per semester (4 semesters)
  • 50 Minutes per week
  • Parent participation recommended

A musicianship course for 6- and 7-year-olds.   Emphasis is on keyboard skills, reading, and composing, while maintaining a strong singing and ear-training program.  Graduates progress to the Keyboard Musician course.
 

Keyboard Prep (KP)

Beginning ages 8 years through 11 years

  • 18 Weeks per semester (3 semesters)
  • 50 Minutes per week
  • Parent participation — optional

Elementary age children, who are too old for the Harmony Road course, may still enjoy the benefits of the Harmony Road method through Introduction to Keyboard classes.  This curriculum includes ear training, reading, and ensemble on keyboard performance.  By playing keyboard instruments that provide a stimulating variety of tone color, the group becomes a musical ensemble which stimulates individual effort.  Students also learn through singing and through the use of percussion instruments. 

 

The goal of the course is to develop each student’s fundamental musicianship and introduce basic keyboard skills.  Graduates progress to the Keyboard Musician course.

Keyboard Musician (KM)

  • Graduates of HR, YM, and KP programs
  • 18 Weeks per semester
    (4 semesters)
  • 50 Minutes per week
  • Parent participation – optional

Advanced (Adv)

  • Graduates of KM  program
  • 18 Weeks per semester - (4 semesters)
  • 50 Minutes per week 
  • Emphasis on Music Theory

Adult (12 years – adult)

  • 18 Weeks per semester – (2 semesters)
  • 50 Minutes per week
  • Sight Reading
  • Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation

Aside from the actual playing of the key board, Brandon learned to interact with other children in a common learning effort. Playing a solo at the beginning of class motivated him to practice--a pleasant introduction to homework--and it also satisfied his need for competition as he tried to play without error.

- Dottie Lorbeer

As a parent I appreciate that his lessons are well organized and effective. My kids show real improvement every semester. This is not play time or organized day care, but serious music training. The bonus is that my kids still enjoy attending classes because they are fun.

- Eric Munger

My three children have learned piano from Mr. Bolton, each since the age of four and a half. Much older now, they each embrace music, as he has always made it positive and never burdensome.

When they learn to make music, children have a gift they can give back to the world.

- Dr. Linda Beale