PIANO LESSONS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES
At 88Keys, we strive to give every student an excellent musical education. We know that each student is unique and has different goals and expectations for their lessons. That is why we offer three different individual learning programs for piano and keyboard: Yamaha’s Pianoforte program, the Suzuki Piano School program, and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s teaching method.
Which Program Is Right For Me/My Child?
It’s hard to know which method of learning to follow when you’re first starting out. Let your own personal goals for your music lessons be your guide! Each one of the private piano lesson programs we teach focus on similar learning objectives, but there are some differences that are important to consider before making your choice:
Yamaha Pianoforte (Ages 6+)
Choose this method if you would like to develop beautiful musical expression and learn many different styles of music.
The Yamaha philosophy of music education is based on the belief that all people have the potential to develop musical ability. Students are encouraged to enjoy music while learning how to play their instrument. They develop rich musical expression through playing a variety of musical styles. Students in the Pianoforte program also receive more advanced ear training than other methods. This helps them to further develop their ear and, as a result, improve their overall musicality.
Suzuki Piano School (Ages 4+)
Choose this method if you would like to be more involved in your child’s learning experience and focus on piano performance technique.
Also known as the mother tongue method, the Suzuki method applies the basic principles of language learning to music education. Students and parents must both be dedicated to the program, as they will both be actively engaged in the learning process. The Suzuki method asks that parents act as the teacher at home when a student is having trouble. For that reason, a parent must be present at every lesson.
The Royal Conservatory (Ages 6+)
Choose this method if you would like to focus on piano playing technique, classical performance skills and expect to attend Royal Conservatory Exams.
The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) approach to teaching is based on the belief that the arts are humanity’s greatest means to achieve personal growth and social harmony. Students learn through a sequenced system of study and individual assessment from introductory to advanced levels. The RCM method works to develop a student’s classical performance skills and playing technique.