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- Children's Piano Methods
- Classical Piano
- Popular Piano
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Ancient saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
Did You Know that Music Lessons help children
*Learn pattern recognition and problem solving: reading music is learning to recognize patterns in the music and on the piano
*Raise Self Esteem by doing something well
*Improve Eye and Hand Coordination
*Help Children to Concentrate for an extended period of time: in group piano or band not concentrating results in student playing a solo
*Fosters Music Appreciation by learning all kinds of music styles
*Provides Emotional Release: the piano is the place to go to relieve stress
Small touch sensitive keyboards or preferably a well tuned piano at home for practice are required for any class. First purchase or rent the keyboard or piano, then call to schedule lessons. I'll be happy to make suggestions if you would like to call or you are welcome make an appointment to come over to talk to me. Often parents who want to try piano and see if the student will be interested are not aware that the student is expected to have a piano at home just as you would purchase a guitar if you were taking guitar lessons.
1. Five and Six Year Olds: Children start with sing along songs and notes on the staff. Reading music requires the ability to read from left to right as in reading a book. It is very helpful if young children are able to read an easy sentence in order to have some independence at the piano. If you want to prepare your young child for piano, teach them to read so that their eyes know how to move left to right and listen to and sing folk songs with them. Parents who have worked with their children at reading make good candidates for piano at an early age and should be willing to sit with their child each practice. Parents are not required to know how to read music but must be willing to learn a few basic facts.
2. Seven year old through middle school. Children are able to work independently at the piano with gentle reminding and encouragement to practice daily.
Students begin with the folk songs, contemporary songs, and classical music after a few months.
3. High school teen students may begin with folk songs, contemporary music and seasonal songs and chords, rounding out with classical music as soon as they are ready.
Students this age are usually highly motivated and will work on their own.
Transfer students will be placed according to note reading ability.
Group lessons are 45 minutes for young children and 55 minutes for teens: $68.00 per month plus books.
Private lessons: $100.00 per month for one 30 minute lesson per week, $150.00 per month for 45 minutes per week, or $200.00 per month for one hour or two 30 minute lessons per week plus books.
Partner lessons: two 30 min. lessons back to back so both students receive an hour of instruction. $100 each per month.
If you have ever considered lessons for yourself or your children, I would be happy to talk to you. I've successfully taught many students of all ages over the years and would enjoy talking to you about how learning music benefits your entire life! I will be glad to answer any and all of your questions and concerns. And remember, regardless of your age, it's never too late to learn! Adults that have always wanted to learn to read and play piano but never had the time, well, NOW is the time.
My Teaching Background
I love teaching group lessons and enjoy the classes! I have taught privately for over 40 years and group for several years, and now almost all my students are in a group. I have also served as Choir Director/Organist for various churches in Boerne, San Antonio, and in the Rio Grande Valley. I began piano at the age of 7, and continued through college, adding 7 years of organ study at UTSA in San Antonio as an adult. I grew up in Pharr but my husband and I left when he went to work for Delta Air Lines. I also worked for United Air Lines for 10 years in New York City and Atlanta until shortly after our son was born. When my husband retired we returned to the Valley and we now live in Weslaco.
Making music and making friends combine in classes to create a rewarding musical experience. A class takes on a spirit and energy that is impossible to achieve in individual lessons.
You may email to set up a trial lesson or call me @956-968-5102. I am located near John Knox and Memorial Elementary School.
If you are interested in learning to play, I would look forward to meeting and working with you.
Centrally located to Weslaco, Donna, Alamo, San Juan, Edinburg, Edcouch, Elsa, Mercedes, and Progreso.
Karen Hesterly @968-5102 or @533-9692
2 blocks north of John Knox Village on west 8th St, one block west of Border Ave.
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http://www.learningmusician.com/Karen or www.karenhesterlypiano.com