Guiding you through a lifetime of music making at the piano.
REACH Institute Piano Lessons
Lessons are held on Tuesday (FLC location) and Thursday (Felicie location) mornings. Their teacher will excuse them to the piano room for the lesson. Please be sure to pack your students’ books on the day of their lesson.
Weekly piano lessons are 40-minute partner sessions (occasionally groups of 3 for 50-minutes). Priority is given to older students who demonstrate a strong desire for music instruction. Students, age 3 and younger, have the weekly general early childhood music class at REACH, which acts as great readiness for the informal guidance lessons when they are age 4-5. You may add younger children to the piano lesson waitlist.
At this age, listening is the highest priority and can be done easily at home with the parent. Daily listening is ideal, but anything is better than nothing. Do not force young children to practice. They usually come around to doing it on their own if you let the process happen naturally. When students participate in the end of-the-year recital, that’s a great time for them to learn and experience why we practice and I will share tips with you during that preparation season. Until then, listen to lots of music and keep piano activities playful.
Remember! This is the absorption stage of life and we want to get as much music in their brains as possible to better prepare them for their musical life in the future. I will send you a link each week with audio files to listen to, ideas for at-home activities, and general parent education.
Students are not required to practice, but if they take the initiative and want to practice, they are welcome to practice their Keyboard Games book and rote songs at home, preferably on a well-maintained piano or weighted 88-key keyboard.
I will mark the assigned book pages each week to practice. While taking lessons at REACH, a piano is not required, but should the student continue lessons in my private studio beyond the REACH years, a piano or suitable digital keyboard will be required. Students with pianos will be given priority when enrolling.
Acoustic pianos should be tuned once or twice a year. I recommend Whitmire Piano Services. Digital pianos and keyboards should have 88 standard size (preferably weighted) piano keys.
Books and Materials
All books and materials for the student are obtained by the teacher. A separate invoice is sent for books when students begin lessons. All beginning students are required to purchase the following when they begin piano lessons:
Music Moves for Piano, Keyboard Games A ($16).
Upon completion, students will begin Keyboard Games Book B ($16). If students continue in piano after REACH, they will move through the Music Moves for Piano series at the pace that is appropriate for them. For a complete progression of the Music Moves for Piano series, please visit MusicMovesForPiano.com.
Keyboard Games A Coloring Book ($12)
This book acts as an activity book to occupy students while listening to their songs, chants, echo patterns, and Keyboard Games pieces. They can color the pages traditionally, trace the pictures, draw their own versions, etc.
REACH Spring Recital
REACH has a long running tradition of having a piano recital at the end of the school year. Students participate in a variety of ways based on what is comfortable and age appropriate for each individual student. The date, time, and more information will be sent to you in the spring semester.
Summer lessons are available at my home independent piano studio, but not required of REACH Institute students. Summer lessons are offered in June and July. You will be expected to take 4 summer lessons if you continue with Mayo Piano beyond the REACH years.
Due to the teacher’s limited availability, makeup lessons cannot be guaranteed. However, January is reserved to make up lessons missed between September and December. You can also schedule a January makeup lesson if you know your child will be absent at any time between February and May. You may also schedule a makeup lesson in July at my home studio.
I always welcome emails or text messages from parents during the week.
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