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Ancient saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
New class starting on Wednesday at 5:30 for beginners. Will begin in January or when 4 people sign up. $50 registration fee to hold a place in the class.
The student must have an instrument at home before registering for class.
This is a piano class not a general music class so all students must have a piano, either acoustic or digital, with weighted keys at home for daily practice. Positive daily encouragement and appreciation at home is the best way to make sure your child will want to continue piano. One of my students who just got a full sized piano after trying to practice on a 61 key keyboard told me he just can't stop playing the new piano because it is so much better.
If you are not sure about purchasing a piano, rent one from Valley Keyboards in McAllen.
The minimum requirement would be a Yamaha p45 ($450 range) or better, with 88 weighted keys. If you need some suggestions about a piano, I'll be happy to help you. Music will be assigned within the first few months which covers the entire keyboard.
Trying to practice on a small keyboard is the best way to kill an interest in piano because you can't play the full length of the key, only on the end of the key, and you won't be able to play the music assigned. I tried to play a 61 key keyboard at a funeral a few months ago and was frustrated because I couldn't play the white keys when moving my hand in to the keyboard to play the black keys. If you think you can't afford one, use the money you would use paying for a semester of lessons to purchase an instrument, then sign up the next semester. If you already have a small keyboard and want to start anyway, plan on purchasing a full size piano within the first year. Students become frustrated when the music assigned is too big for their keyboard or because we are working on sharps and flats and they can't push the top part of the white key down, and are likely to want to quit. Also, it is too hard to make parents understand that it is time to move up to a bigger keyboard when they already have invested a couple of hundred dollars in a small keyboard and stand.
From September 2015 through May, group Lessons will be $18.00 each or $70.00 each month for the school year payable by the month in advance. Summer group lessons are $18 each. Registration is $50.00
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
1. Kinder and Early Elementary: Students will start with the Mayron Cole Group Piano Lesson 1A which you can view online at their storefront.
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, hymns and Disney tunes 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 day to practice. Parents who have played an instrument in the past, have an older child in piano, and will not get tired of listening to their child practice daily for several years are the best prospects for learning at an early age. This is not a general music class, but a piano class for students with parents who are willing to work with their child daily to learn to play the piano.
2. Late elementary 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 tested and placed according to note reading ability.
Private lessons are $37.50 or $150.00 per month for a 45 min. lesson once a week.
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.
Safety is a big issue in today's society and I have gone though a background check by working as a permanent substitute teacher in McAllen. After moving here I worked at McAllen High School as a substitute teacher in the choir department as accompanist for the middle school and high school choirs. In Weslaco I have worked as organist and piano accompanist at the Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Episcopal Church. I now spend my time teaching piano. My husband and I are members of First Baptist Church of Weslaco where he is a deacon.
I prefer teaching at home instead of the office I used to teach in because it is a safer environment for the children if they need to excuse themselves from the classroom for a couple of minutes plus the only adults around are parents waiting for their children. No one is going to walk into the classroom who isn't supposed to be here. Also we are able to adjust the temperature so that everyone is comfortable.
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 time to register. 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.
2 blocks north of John Knox Village on west 8th St, one block west of Border Ave.
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