Piano Lessons at On Stage Music Academy
Piano lessons and Keyboard lessons for kids, for teens, and for adults – from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Our program is built with the perfect blend of education and fun. Beginners learn new chords to play with others while adding the skills you need to grow into a trained musician – always at your pace. Here’s what our typical piano lessons look like:
Most don’t know that piano playing can be some serious work, especially on those fingers and wrists! If you’re practicing a lot (as you should be!), it’s very important to warm up those fingers and wrists with stretches and exercises. Not only will it make your playing smoother, but you’ll avoid injuries like carpel tunnel in the long run. We’ll start every lesson with quick warm ups that you can do at home.
All of our piano lessons are focused on song work. The best way to learn is by playing the music that inspired you to play the piano in the first place! If you’re beginning from the start, don’t worry. Song like “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles are easier to play than you think! You’ll be surprised at what you can play without any lessons at all!
As you grow within the world of music and learn to play awesome songs, you’ll notice that there are certain techniques and skills that are shared throughout different songs and styles. These musical tricks and ideas can be borrowed and reconstructed in tons of creative ways. With the help of some music theory knowledge, we’ll help you build your personal arsenal of techniques and skills that you can use to solo, improvise, and wright your own music.
We know what you might be thinking… and yes, theory can be boring, BUT not the way we teach it. Our piano lessons only teach you what’s relevant with the kind of song/technique/style we’re working on in the moment. To put it simply, we don’t just teach you HOW to play, but WHY it works. You’ll walk away with a rich understanding of music and the ability to play whatever’s on your mind, WITHOUT sheet music! (although we’ll teach you how to read that, too!).
One of the most difficult barriers to overcome while learning piano is knowing exactly what to practice. Sure, they all say, “PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!”, but what do you practice? How do you know that your practicing is actually helping? At the end of our piano lessons, we’ll discuss what we learned along with WHY we learned it. We’ll let you know exactly what you need to take home and practice before next week;s lesson so that you’re constantly growing.
Meet our Piano and Keyboard Instructors:
Bill McRae – Director of On Stage Music Academy
Celeste Tavera- Musical Connoisseur
Stephen Bullard – Piano Performance and Development Coach
Dana Benedict – Experienced Singer/Songwriter