Educating the Whole Musician

Now that you’ve begun Let’s Play Music class, you might be wondering, why aren’t we on the keyboards yet!?  Why isn’t my child doing drills and building up a big repertoire of performance pieces already!?  What’s the holdup!?  Is my child falling behind in the music world!? I often tell people, “we’re not just a piano class, and we’re not just a voice class, and we’re not just a theory class…we’re a complete musicianship program.”  Our program is intentionally broad, and covers so much more than technique and repertoire.

Why Musicianship?

Does your musician read notes off the page, but find difficulty improvising and composing?

Imagine if your child could play a complex piece of piano music beautifully, but he couldn’t seem to ever memorize songs or pick out a catchy melody at the keyboard.  Or perhaps he always practices with great form but doesn’t seem to notice when he makes discordant mistakes.  Or perhaps he plays his lessons perfectly, but is nevertheless baffled at the thought of improvising or inventing music, wondering when his lessons are going to teach him how. On the flip side, what if he could sit down and easily play ‘The Itsy-Bitsy Spider’ by ear, but really felt overwhelmed trying to read any new songs from sheet music? At Let’s Play Music, we nurture all aspects of musicianship before your child graduates into specialized programs like private lessons, building a foundation for broad musicianship that pays off in the long run.  It seems that there are so many elements to be taught, but luckily activities of each type are complimentary to each other: skill in one task helps a child have success in the others.

What Do We Cover?

Note reading AND ear training for success!

We’ve carefully balanced skills of various types, and considered your child’s natural development, too.  You’ll find us working on music theory, ear training (interval recognition, chord recognition, relative pitch training, etc.), sight singing, vocal training, playing by ear, dictation, sight  reading, improvisation, ensemble playing, analysis, listening to music from various styles, arranging  and composition.  You’re probably saying “Hey! when I was a kid, my piano lesson didn’t cover all of that!” and you’ll rest assured that Let’s Play Music is a carefully crafted program to help you raise a well-rounded musician.  With all of these skills in place, folks will be saying “he’s a talented musician!” and not just, “he can really play piano!” Now remember, when your child asks, “What will be doing in class today?” simply and honestly answer, “fun songs, silly games, and exciting activities!“  It’s the perfect venue for all that hard work we’re not telling him about.

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