How many times have you heard someone say that they'd LOVE to play piano, but they don't read music well. Have you ever imagined you or your child playing beautiful piano music but felt discouraged by the thought of learning to read music? How would you feel about playing piano if reading music became simpler?
Now don't get me wrong, "reading the spots off a page" (as my band director used to say), is an incredibly useful skill. However, many of us get stuck when it comes to reading music, and lose motivation to practice before we become good readers. What if you could learn to read by PLAYING?
Over the last 15 years I've seen so many students lose interest in their lessons, just as they were beginning to read music well. The truth is we all want basically the same thing-- to play songs we LOVE, that SOUND GOOD, that inspire EMOTION in us, and that make us feel confident as musicians.
What if I told you that by learning to play songs, you could learn to read music?
This is one of the ideas behind my group lesson program.
Now you might think, "So does that mean I won't learn to read music?". Not at all. You will still learn to read music, while more simply and easily ENJOYING the process. There is more than one way to start learning to play piano.
I grew up taking very traditional music lessons.
I played multiple instruments and LOVED playing. However, there were many times when I didn't enjoy practicing and things felt really hard. When I first became a professional musician I began to notice how many different ways the musicians around me THOUGHT about music. I began finding new ways to learn songs and found that nearly all of them worked!
Each of us learns a little differently. Why should there be just one way we learn to play?
Piano lessons can be as individual and unique as each of us are.
What if you or your child could take a lesson every week that explored all the ways that music can be played?
Now imagine that you or your child could take this kind of highly creative, really unique lesson with a group of others and still feel that it was as individualized as a private lesson! How would it feel to move smoothly through learning songs, and have others around you supporting your progress?
Group piano lessons are a really innovative and unique way to explore playing piano. Students as young as 6 years old begin writing their own music in the first couple of months. Adults find that they love playing the blues, even though they came to learn classical music (and vice versa!). Students who only wanted to read music begin to crave more improvisation.
My goal as your teacher is to inspire, educate, and empower you to achieve your creative goals. And perhaps pursue a few goals you didn't even know you had.
Does this sound like something you'd like to try?
If so, it's very easy to set up. Take your first introductory lesson for FREE! Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Book My Free Lesson button. I'll reach out to you shortly, and together we'll find a convenient time to meet. Easy-peasy!
If you decide to join group lessons, there are no sign-up fees, or contracts, or semester payments. You simply pay for each month's lessons. All your materials are provided. We meet once per week for a 45-minute class (you're in and out in less than 1 hour). I like to make things as simple as possible for everyone!
So to summarize, here's the skinny on group piano lessons:
Teaching piano is truly a joy for me. It's my mission to inspire, educate, and empower people of all ages to achieve their creative goals. If this sounds like something that you or your child would like to try, book your free first lesson by clicking below. I look forward to playing music with you!
Leslie is an excellent teacher and my daughter, Camila's, progress and interest in piano has been amazing. Camila has excelled in this group setting. In and outside of class Camila is having fun, learning, and creating. You can tell that Leslie really cares about the kids and she wants them to love playing.
The smile on my son's face, and the ease in picking up on the teaching have been awesome! Plenty of time of individualized instruction!
I'm not usually comfortable in groups, but this class made me feel very welcomed! The hands on learning made me feel like I was actually learning a skill instead of just absorbing knowledge.
14 year old student
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