Curriculum


Curriculum: The Art of Piano Offers

 

 

The Art of Piano student with the instructor in lesson

An individualized approach and a variety of programs to meet each individual student’s specific needs (Solid Foundation, Pre-Professional & Adult)

  • Private lessons constantly tailored to each student’s changing needs
  • A combination of the best American and European teaching methods
  • The promotion of injury-preventive piano technique at every level
  • Historically informed performance (HIP) studies
Two The Art of Piano Student perform a violin-piano duet in a retirement home
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comprehensive professional curriculum including

  • A broad range* of piano repertoire
  • Ensemble playing
  • Rhythm
  • Music theory
  • Ear training
  • Harmonization
  • Transposition
  • Sight-reading
  • Memorization
  • Music history
  • Composition

* The core repertoire consists of the various styles periods of classical music, as well as jazzy and traditional music. Other North-and South-American music styles are also introduced. Sacred music and additional musical styles may also be  included at student‘s request.

A very young girl is playing a piano duet with her teacher at a recital

A young The Art of Piano student receives her progress certificate at a recital

A variety of activities and performance opportunities throughout the year

  • Group lessons and parties to engage in fun, educational group activities and build camaraderie among students
  • Five yearly performance events sponsored to inspire and to provide formal and informal opportunities to share music, display skills and bolster self-confidence
  • Yearly evaluation by highly qualified university or college faculty (Studio Festival)
  • Participation in the graded Achievement in Music (AIM) program by the Illinois State Music teachers Association (AIM)
  • Participation in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival
  • Preparation for many additional outside-of-studio performance opportunities and competitions
  • Award and incentive programs for additional motivation
A young The Art of Piano student notates her own piano composition with the help of her teacher The opportunity to play a variety of early and modern keyboard instruments

  • Grand Piano
  • Five-octave fortepiano (a replica of a Viennese piano form Mozart’s and Washington’s time)
  • Professional digital hapsichord/organ/celesta
  • Quality electronic piano
A young The Art of Piano student works in the music computer lab after his lesson  Technology-enhanced learning

  • Computer time before or after each private lesson to expedite the advancement of musicianship skills
  • Student computer lab with MIDI keyboards for computer time before or after private lessons
  • Sophisticated music education, notation and editing software programs
  • iPad apps made available for lessons and home practice
  • Full-size electronic piano interfaced with computer for music notation and recording
  • Audio system for accompanying and listening
  • Video and audio equipment for recording and critiquing
  • Exceptional setup for remote instruction
Books, CD-s and DVD-s A specialized lending library  for students and their families

  • books
  • CD-s
  • DVD-s
  • audio/video courses

 

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