What are piano classes?
Piano classes incorporate theory games, rhythm reading, note reading, lots of keyboard time and activities to promote coordination. It's the perfect format for students who want to see quick progress and learn new things! Keyboarding time at the piano is mixed in with classroom technology to create a piano experience that is full of fun and keeps students motivated to play. Our classes are ran in a way that enables our students to have one-on-one time without feeling too much pressure while still letting them have a kid-friendly experience with their peers.
What age student can enroll in piano classes?
Students aged 7 and up can join piano classes. Students need to be able to read, write, pay attention and follow directions. These classes are taught by multiple teachers to insure optimum learning occurs and that all questions can be answered.
What will students learn in piano classes?
Note reading, rhythm reading, piano technique, ear training, keyboarding skills, self-confidence, discipline, teamwork in group situations and many other things that lead to great future music makers and humans!
Do we need a keyboard or piano at home to play?
Students in piano classes need an instrument in order to play their pieces and exercises at home. Many students start on an entry level keyboard and upgrade to a more professional instrument as they progress. There are several options available at Nugent Music, located in the same building as NMA, and they have a trade-up/trade-in program specifically designed for our students! Many people give away pianos for little to nothing - be careful to get it checked out by a professional before you take it home. Old/antique doesn't always mean a good instrument when it comes to pianos; typically they're unable to be worked on and will not hold a tuning.
What about practicing?
Ah, the dreaded word, "practice". Improvement on a musical instrument only happens if you sit with it and work at it! Consistent exposure and focused effort will lead to progress every single time - it's a life skill that's applicable to almost every situation we encounter in the world.
Now, with all that being said - we also understand that "practice" sounds like "homework" which sounds like "I don't get to have fun and this is work because I don't want to be doing it". This is the moment where we can change our outlook! Ask your child to play their favorite song for you. Ask them how the end of some song is played or what the name of a specific piano key is. They love teaching others things that they know and it's a valuable opportunity to take the focus off of "work" and turn it into something FUNdamentally awesome.
What if we need to miss a class?
Not a problem - let your instructor know ahead of time and choose a different class to attend.
When are piano classes?
Piano classes are given on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, with a variety of times offered. Classes are one hour in length. We also offer classes during the day on Monday if that fits your schedule! All classes for the Fall Semester are currently full. Please email email@example.com to be put on the waitlist for the Spring semester!
Cost of Piano Classes?
We will be having a slightly shortened fall semester that will be starting the week of September 11th and includes 12 sessions. Each semester will include a $35 registration fee. The fall semester will cost a total of $331 if paid in full. We also offer convenient $87 installment payments due monthly. These will be auto billed and auto paid on the first of the month. Tuition is prorated if you sign up after the semester has started.
The $35 registration fee covers binders, printing, office and cleaning supplies, billing processing fees, and the occasional (and highly coveted by students and musicians of all ages) snack time.
Books are an additional cost, typically $18 - $20. Most students move through a new set of method books every year, depending on how much they practice.
Our annual Spring Showcase recital fee is $35. This covers the rental price of our recital venue, certificate and program printing, trophies and decorations.
I still have some questions, can I contact someone?
Absolutely! Call (318) 730-0632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Feel free to come tour the studio and meet the teachers at 192 Pinegrove Drive in Pineville, LA.