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- Children's Piano Methods
- Classical Piano
- Popular Piano
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|This website has been updated for the 2016-2017 school year. Karen Hesterly, teacher.|
Ancient saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
This studio teaches, in addition to the traditional method books, classical, jazz, popular, Christmas music at the holidays, as well as other holiday music, and patriotic songs. Students who have an IPad also have home access to backing tracks and teaching material on a studio paid app which is used in class with assignments to use at home. It works with tuned acoustic or digital pianos.
The student must have an instrument at home before beginning the 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. Students who are involved with dance, karate, tutoring, etc. several days a week will not have time to keep up with a group class. As much as I would like to have your child as a student, please make sure your child not only has the time but the energy to practice daily. To learn to play well is a commitment of several years, perhaps until they graduate high school.
A 61 key keyboard is not a 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.
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.
Get all the benefit of private lessons in a small group setting. Students are heard individually through piano relay, where each student plays a portion of the music by himself/herself, then it goes to the next student to play the next portion. We also work together as one large piano student when learning a piece. Students learn to be disciplined and work on their own without a teacher hovering over every note.
Group lessons from September to May are $18 each and are prorated at $70.00 per month. There is no refund for missed lessons.
Lessons continue in the summer and are $18 each; and students are allowed to take time off for vacations at no charge with advance notice.
The policy of this studio is that students who take the two or more months off during the summer are not guaranteed a place in a group in the fall because they will not be able to keep up with their group.
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.
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 teach primarily group piano and occasionally fill in as substitute organist or pianist at various churches.
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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