WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Welcome. We are glad you found us, one of the most innovative music schools in the nation. We believe that studying music and learning to play the piano should be an exhilarating experience; the magic of music, with its power to leave profound and meaningful impressions is one of the most memorable human experiences. The challenge for us is how to keep the process of studying music and learning to play the piano imaginative and creative — making sense out of often grueling and repetitive practice times. We are committed in meeting each student where they are at and empowering them to become competent and wholistic musicians. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to shape a person’s musical intelligence and imagination to its full potential. Here are some of our teaching philosophies:
- Our goal is to help every student become a competent and comprehensive musician through tailored interactive study, which includes:
- Confidently play multiple genres of music
- Read music (score/notation)
- Use healthy methods and technical skills
- Play music by ear
- Learn to improvise
- Create original compositions
- Understand and apply music theory
- Collaborate and play with other musicians
- Practice valuable life skills such as patience, self-control, leadership, respect, attentiveness, communication and team work
- We run our piano program based like a private school; students belong to a bigger program that fosters a sense of belonging and community. Our program incorporates weekly private lessons with monthly group workshops as well as public performances several times a year.
- We are a student oriented place, empowering students to set their goals throughout the year and helping them achieve them.
- Parents receive regular inputs through teacher feedbacks, progress reports, and parent-teacher conference.
- We love to teach beginners. We have one-of-a-kind approach and extensive resources to support our approach. We feel privileged to introduce the world of music to beginner students.
- Our incentive programs run throughout the year to motivate our students in fun ways and to promote team work.
- We believe that while music is for everyone to enjoy and partake, learning to play the piano is not. Piano takes a special dedication and effort and the process. Over a period of time, students need to feel a sense of joy, pride, and fulfillment through their studies. If a student does not show their joy in learning to play the piano for an extended time, we will discuss with the student (and parent) whether to continue our working relationship. This keeps our learning and teaching environment vibrant, healthy and dynamic.
- Our recitals, the Winter-Fall Concerts and Spring Music Festivals, will be the most entertaining student recitals you will attend. We promise.
- Our weekly private lessons are 45-minutes long (read about why)
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED THROUGH OUR PROGRAM
- Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.
- Events, adjudications, performance opportunities, and competitions through the Eastside Music Teachers’ Association (EMTA), Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
- Enter ABRSM exams offered by the exam board of the Associated Board of Royal School of Music (www.abrsm.org).
- Be part of Bach in the Subway (http://bachinthesubways.org) performance program, a global movement of musicians to celebrate the music of Bach.
Students are accepted after an interview. Please email to schedule an interview.