why study music with us?

1.  We care about the student's musical education as a whole.

2.  We emphasize often-neglected learning elements such as ear training, essential to any budding jazz musician.

2.  We are flexible in our approach to your lessons.  We cater to your learning styles and preferences.  For children, we make sure to keep the child excited and engaged while also making sure the child progresses according to parents' wishes.

4.  We offer in0studio recording!

5.  We will ensure that you develop a firm understanding of music theory .

6.  We will offer you the ability to socialize with others interested in music through group lessons, recitals, and other social events.

7.  We genuinely LOVE to teach.  If we didn't need money, we would do it for free!

8.  Music is our passion.  We are enthusiastic about sharing that passion with others.

9.  We will cater to your schedule as best we can.

10.  We have an extensive music library in our studio, so often money can be saved on purchasing music.


why study music generally?

How is Music Beneficial for All Learners?

Today there are unprecedented reasons for making music a part of everyone's life. Students taking music lessons now will determine the place of music in America and the value society places on music tomorrow. Regardless of what these students ultimately choose as a profession, music making will remain a part of their lives, whether it's listening to music, attending concerts or serving as leaders in arts associations, and community and church music programs.

Benefits of Music Study:


  • Hearing music stimulates the mind.
  • Music instruction enhances abstract reasoning skills.
  • Grade school students who took music lessons generally scored higher on cognitive development tests.
  • In older people, music helps lower depression and decreases loneliness.
  • Playing an instrument strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Music lessons teach discipline, dedication and enable students to achieve goals.
(reblogged from MTNA website)

The Many Benefits of Playing (Paraphrased)

In addition to the emotional and social income gained by making music, playing the piano offers educational and wellness benefits.

  • Music study may be linked to higher brain function in learning. 
  • Learning to play the piano can help your child be more successful in school and develop skills that they can use their entire life:
  • One study showed that children who took piano lessons for three years scored higher than their peers on tests of general and spatial cognitive development – the very faculties needed for performance in math and engineering and other pursuits.
  • Students who took piano lessons along with computer puzzle-solving did better in math in one study.
  • Among older Americans, research has suggested that keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness.
  • Playing the piano strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Kids who take piano lessons learn a lot about discipline and the rewards of hard work.
There is something instantly appealing about playing the piano. We are immediately
drawn to its familiar sounds, and people are quick to gather round the piano at parties
and sing-alongs. In schools, churches and millions of homes across our country, the
piano is part of the story of our lives.
In addition to the emotional and social income gained by making music, playing the
piano offers educational and wellness benefits.  Recent research supports findings that
music study may be linked to higher brain function in learning. Learning to play the
piano can help your child be more successful in school and develop skills that they can
use their entire life:
•In a study at McGill University in Montreal, children who took piano lessons for
three years scored higher than their peers on tests of general and spatial cognitive
development – the very faculties needed for performance in math and engineering
and other pursuits.
•A University of California at Irvine study showed that students who took piano
lessons along with computer puzzle-solving did better in math.
•Among older Americans, research at Michigan State University showed that
keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness.
•Playing the piano strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
•Kids who take piano lessons learn a lot about discipline and the rewards of hard
work.
[LINK HERE] Please click on the following links for additional information on the
benefits of making music: Your Child’s Lifetime of Music

Reprinted fron the American Music Conference.

On Adult Piano Students & Lessons 

But the fastest growing group of aspiring pianists in the U.S. today is not children, but adults aged 25-75+ years. Many adults have taken piano lessons in their childhood years. Some felt that they were pushed too hard, or had too many other interests and discontinued their lessons. Piano methods were sometimes uninteresting and teachers too strict for many children decades ago.

Nonetheless, one of the most common phrases heard by piano retailers and teachers across the country is, “I wish my mother hadn’t let me quit.” But large numbers of adults have realized that it’s not too late, and piano instruction has concentrated on adult learning far more than ever before during the past two decades.

Piano instructional techniques and method books for both children and adults have taken a giant leap. Long tedious exercises have given way to music that beginners play and enjoy almost from the start! Beginning adults need not play children’s music any longer to get started.

(paraphrased from Pianonet


The Piano Heals the Spirit and Soothes the Soul

For the past few years, pianos have had a presence at the yearly American Psychiatric Conference. Does Yanni entertain during intermission? Not exactly. The pianos are for the therapists themselves, explains Al Bumanis, communications director for the American Music Therapy Association. “A number of booths at the conference are equipped with pianos so therapists can take a break and relax by playing the piano or listening to piano music,” he says.

“The idea,” says Bumanis, “is that the psychiatrist can come by the booth to de-stress.” Psychiatrists using the piano to de-stress? Not a bad endorsement for the instrument’s effectiveness at soothing the troubled spirit.

Playing the piano has always added joy to people’s lives, but we’re just beginning to understand the full range of its benefits,” says Brenda Dillon of the National Piano Foundation. “When I play the piano, I am able to get away from the daily challenges. It’s like taking a mini vacation. By the time I walk away from the piano, I am truly relaxed.”

That’s no accident, says Alicia Ann Clair, Ph.D., music therapist, board-certified professor and director of music therapy at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. “When it comes to making music, the piano demands an attention and focus that does not allow interfering thoughts that might be distracting or distressful, and in that way relieves the pressures and the stresses of the day,” she says. “At the same time that we can use it as a way to provide relief, we have added bonuses. When you play and it’s successful, it’s extremely exciting and fulfilling. Relief, joy or fulfillment–all of those things add to well-being, which contributes to life quality which contributes to good health.”

Just ask veterinarian Bill Porter. “When I was a kid, I played percussion. Then I dropped all that, and became a doctor. But when I was 44, I started taking piano lessons. I just love playing piano. It is a de-stressor for me in a big way, and for me, it fulfilled a creative side that I can’t express at work.”

In fact, the piano is being used across the world as an effective therapeutic tool. At New York’s Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, the piano is instrumental in helping children and adults overcome their emotional and physical problems. The clinic boasts centers in England, the U.S., Australia, Japan, Scotland and South Africa.

“In this approach, the therapist is usually at the piano,” explains music therapist and New York clinic co-director Alan Turry. “The therapist and patient actually create music in a mutual fashion.”

Therapists in the program, all of whom are trained extensively on the piano, work with autistic children, hospital patients, the developmentally disabled or emotionally disturbed, “as well as self-referred adults who want an alternative to verbal therapy,” says Turry. In fact, he says, these adults make up about 10 percent of the clinic’s client roster. “What happens often with self-referred adults is that they are aware of issues they’re working on, but they’re looking for a new way to grow, exchange, explore themselves,” he explains. The idea is “setting up a situation that’s not about skills, but expression–allowing someone to freely express themselves through music.”

The clinic offers patients a chance to use a number of instruments, including voice, though “about 40 to 50 percent” of them use the piano, says Turry. Some adult patients have gone on to study the piano after their therapy. “I’ve had several clients that got very interested in music after being at the clinic,” Turry notes. “Some bought pianos, some took lessons. Often, a byproduct of music therapy can be someone becoming more interested and involved in music.”

With the piano having recently celebrating its 300th birthday, the instrument is getting more attention than usual. The second look is well deserved. Besides its incredible beauty and sound, the piano offers many gifts to the human spirit, through enhancing creativity, healing or relaxation.

(reblogged from Pianonet)