What goals do our students achieve?

Our students typically achieve these four goals:

  1. They experience music as a natural form of self-expression.
  2. They play a huge repertoire, covering a wide array of musical styles and genres. After just a few months of lessons, our students can sit down anywhere, anytime, and play lots of music.
  3. They develop the ability to progress on their own. They are equipped to teach themselves and to work from sheet music, and then set the page aside, carrying the song with them in their minds, hearts and hands.
  4. They enjoy a highly positive experience in lessons and when they practice at home.

 

What practical skills do our students acquire?

This little checklist reveals the practical piano skills that our students typically demonstrate after 1 and 3 years of lessons:

 

After 1 year, our students

  • Play 30 to 50 pop, blues, jazz and classical songs from memory anytime, anywhere
  • Arrange their own versions of existing songs
  • Compose their own songs
  • Learn lead sheets of their own choosing with minimal assistance from their teacher
  • Play accompaniments with singers or other musicians
  • Understand and use standard chord structures
  • Transpose songs into any key, in real time, using standard chord structures
  • Understand and use a wide variety of contemporary chords in every key
  • Play music with character and emotion
  • Be comfortable playing for audiences
  • Delight in playing the piano for themselves and for others

 

After 3 years, our students

  • Continue with everything in the first list
  • Read sheet music and use it to learn songs on their own, of a variety of styles
  • Play an additional 30 songs from sheet music provided by the instructor and the student, from all genres and of substantially greater complexity and musical expression
  • Understand and use more complex chord progressions, including jazz harmony
  • Understand and use integrated theory

Our lessons are filled with achievement and laughter. Students experience fun, growth and the self-affirmation that comes from genuine achievement. Our students experience victory after victory in lessons and when they practice at home. Students who complete the full Simply Music program can play anything they want in blues, pop, jazz and contemporary styles, accompany other musicians, play from sheet music, and create their own arrangements of existing tunes and create their own original songs. They love to play and it shows!

Let our highly skilled and patient teachers help you and yours become musically expressed for a lifetime.

 

Our teachers are ready to help and we can accommodate nearly any schedule. New classes start frequently. Would you like to know more? Come to a Free Introductory Session and get all of your questions answered.

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Keys of Joy! Studio 1540 Wakarusa Drive Suite SE Lawrence KS  66047 785-856-4400