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    Karen HesterlyOffering private lessons in
    Weslaco, Texas
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    Ancient saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

    New music class or piano lesson times available for after school, homeschool, and adults. If you are planning to begin piano this summer, now would be a good time to purchase a piano either new or look around for a used piano, and let your child explore the keys and sounds it can make. Classes are $68.00 per month and $25.00 registration fee.
    Private lessons are $100.00 per month plus registration fee. If you have just moved here, classes are available for beginner, early intermediate, and late intermediate transfer students.

    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

    Please purchase a full size keyboard or piano for your child to start piano. Minimum requirement would be a Yamaha p35 or similar with 88 weighted keys. If you are not sure your child will stick with piano, purchase a used acoustic piano at a good price that has a good tone, all the keys work, and can be tuned or a working digital piano with 88 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. 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 6 months. Students become frustrated when the music assigned is too big for their keyboard and are likely to quit.

    1. Five and Six Year Olds: Children start with sing along songs and notes on the staff. Music on the staff with animal note faces can be provided if the child prefers animal notes. 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. 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. 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 tested and placed according to note reading ability.

    I prefer to teach group piano. Group lessons are 45 minutes: $68.00 per month plus $25.00 registration fee.

    Private lessons are available as needed. Call for prices.

    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 trial lesson or call me at nine six eight five one zero two. 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
    2 blocks north of John Knox Village on west 8th St, one block west of Border Ave.

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