During your lesson, I will teach you in the manner that works best for YOU. And, because my focus is only on you, we can learn at your pace. Quick for concept or skills that you find easy; slow down for the ones that are more difficult.
At Must Love Music, we use technology to enhance our learning. Lab time programming ensures students get regular, effective practice with the theory of music so they can make the music they strive for at the piano. We also have group lessons throughout the year so students can learn and explore together.
There are two programming options available to new students. At the bottom of the page are links to more details.
Personalized Private Lessons:
This may be the more familiar option of one student at a time with the teacher. It is an option that is great for either:
- One student in the household
- Students that benefit from strictly one-on-one attention
Lesson lengths are 45 minute in length. Often this works out to approximately 30 minutes at the piano & 15 minutes of lab time. However, we will switch between activities as needed to best help the student learn.
For young students we will alternate between activities at the piano & away from the piano. The younger the child, the more their learning will be exploratory & play-based. This ensures we explore concepts in multiple kinaesthetic ways while ensuring all that energy has a place to be used during lesson!
Lab Time Lessons:
This is a comprehensive program that integrates piano playing with theoretical practice to improve student progress. It is available to all students.
One of the main advantages to this programming is providing more time for practice on theory IN lesson, rather than spending that time OUTSIDE of lesson. Students practice concepts in a wide variety of ways (i.e. apps, physical representations, online games & worksheets). I check within the lesson if extra help is needed on a particular topic rather than finding out next lesson. And for parents, you get to listen to your child play piano during the week rather than help with even more homework.
There are 2 scenarios to lab time.
- ONE student is signed up for lab time:
- 30 minutes at the piano, 30 minutes of lab time.
- TWO students signed up for lab time:
- Both students have the 60 minute lesson SIMULTANEOUSLY.
- Student A will be with me at the piano. (30 minutes)
- Student B will be working independently on the iPad using headphones. (30 minutes)
- After 30 minutes, student A & B switch activities.
- A discount is provided to reflect that there is more than one student at the same time.
- More than 2 students signed up for lab time:
- Each student has 1 hour of lessons, with 30 minutes at the piano & 30 minutes of lab time.
- Students ROTATE between at the piano time & lab time in 30 minute segments.
- Two students will have lesson simultaneously.
- Example of how this may look:
- 0-30 minutes: Student A is at the piano while Student B is having lab time.
- 30-60 minutes: Student B is at the piano while Student C is having lab time.
- 60-90 minutes: Student C is at the piano while Student A is having lab time.
Group classes will be scheduled at my home during the course of the year. These will be held in lieu of regularly scheduled lessons for that week. Group lessons provide opportunities for students to perform & attend master classes which are an important part of their musical development. They are included in the cost of tuition.
Once a year, students take over the lesson and teach their parent(s) two concepts they have worked on in the previous months. This ensures students take ownership of their learning while giving the parent(s) an opportunity to see and hear what their child has learnt. Students plan the conference with guidance, but are responsible for defining, explaining step-by-step, and provided guided practice to their “student”. As a parent, you can see how your child is progressing over the course of the year.