I focus on maximising the fun factor from the very start, getting kids creating music from the word go! I teach piano off the page as much as possible by playing super fun games, incorporating technology, doing improvisation with children and getting students to compose their own music.
We have such a good time together that your child won’t even realise that this is an “educational experience”, they come to lessons because they love it. It’s this environment which I believe can instil a lifelong love for music and all the benefits that come along with it.
Individual piano lessons at Colourful Keys are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes weekly. For most piano students, 45 minutes is the best choice. Here’s who each lesson length is suited to:
- 30 minute lessons: Beginners under 6 years old
- 45 minute lessons: Beginners over 6 years old and any students who have been learning for 2 years or more
- 60 minute lessons: Advanced students and any student who wants to progress at a faster rate
Learning to play the piano should be an exploration of all music. Lessons at Colourful Keys are not just about classical music. I include some less commonly taught aspects of the piano in my lessons such as:
- Pop style chord progressions
- Simple jazz & blues
We also learn new concepts & skills in many different ways:
- Rhythm through movement
- Board & card games
- Large scale manipulatives
- Percussion instruments
- Flipped learning
I keep my piano lessons fresh, exciting and interesting, because after all, when we love what we’re doing we learn faster no matter what age we are!
I hold two concerts every year which all students are invited to perform in. I also host 8 group workshops per year called “Piano Parties” which provide more informal performance opportunities for my piano students.
All students at Colourful Keys are welcome to sit piano exams with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Exams can be a great motivator for some, but they’re not for everyone. I never push a student to do an exam if it’s not something they are interested in, it should be a positive and rewarding experience.
Part of learning to play piano is daily (or nearly daily) practice. Parents can help out with practice by creating a daily routine and helping young student to stick to it. It doesn’t matter if you can read music or not, all parents can help out at home. For more information on how to help your child practice check out the ‘Parent’s Guide to Piano Practice’.
The better quality your child’s practice instrument is, the better quality their practice will be. Piano students need at least a weighted keyboard to practice on. I understand that you may not want to invest in an instrument if you’re not sure if your child will stick with piano, which is why I offer keyboard rental at Colourful Keys. Beginning students can rent a weighted keyboard for €200 per semester.
Lessons are held at my home studio in Kimmage, Dublin 12.
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Make sure to take a look at the group piano lessons offered at Colourful Keys as well. These are another fantastic option for beginning piano students.