Very Young Beginners
Menehune (Hawaiian for "Little One") or EZ Keys curriculum: designed for 4, 5, and 6 year old students who are not yet reading fluently and/or have a shorter attention span. 20 minute lesson, 20 minute music theory lab (music activities on iPad, computer, or written work) and 20 minutes Music Mind Games with other students.
Beginners - Kids 7-10
This is for beginning piano students. Basic curriculum is Mayron Cole 1A-B or Mayron Cole Older Beginner A-C. (Other method books sometimes substituted.) 20 minute lesson, 20 minute music theory lab (music activities on iPad, computer, or written work) and 20 minutes Music Mind Games with other students.
Students of all ages and levels: the basic lesson structure will be 80 minutes of instructional time. This will be 30 minutes of individual instruction, 30 minutes of music technology/theory lab, and 20 minutes with other students: ensemble music and/or Music Mind Games. The basic schedule may be occasionally adjusted (within the 80 minute framework) to allow extra work on a particular area, such as extra time for ensemble preparation prior to a performance. The technology/theory time is scheduled directly before or after the lesson and ensemble time. Advanced students may add more individual instruction time in 15 minute increments, i.e. 45 minute lesson + lab & ensemble or 60 minute lesson + 40 minute lab and ensemble. The limited time slots reserved for extended lessons are reserved for students who have demonstrated the desire to progress through good practice habits and preparation for each lesson.
Teen Recreational Lesson
This is for the busy teen who wants to learn to play casually but has little time to practice at home. Basic note reading, chords, and lead sheets. 20 minute lesson, 20 minute music theory lab (music activities on iPad, computer, or written work) and 20 minutes Music Mind Games with other students OR class playing time with other teens.
Adult Recreational Lessons
Classes for adult students who are interested in music making in a supportive, low-stress environment. 20 minute lesson, 20 minute music theory lab (music activities on iPad, computer, or written work) and 20 minutes class playing time with other adults
Technology/Theory Lab Time
The technology in the studio is intended to provide students with additional opportunities to build and reinforce various musicianship skills. Encore Studio provides an individualized program of music theory fundamentals, ear training, music appreciation/music history, and rhythm drills. This is based on the IA Music Teachers Assn/NE Music Teachers Assn/National Federation of Music Clubs levels of music theory. Also, students may play their assigned music with MIDI music and a digital piano for accurate practice. Notation software is available for those who participate in composition activities. During this time, students may also be asked to work on theory worksheets or books, since they have the most success doing this in a monitored setting. Students will be scheduled to use the Lab tools before or after their lesson. Students are expected to respect all studio property - to use equipment carefully, and only for instructional music purposes. Any damage or theft becomes your responsibility. If it is found that a student is creating problems, the studio reserves the right to discontinue the student's use of studio equipment, or in extreme cases, to dismiss the student from the studio.