Private piano lessons can be a very good format to learn within, under a number of circumstances. If the student is older than 8, and/or has some rudimentary experience with music, then a private lesson combined with extracurriculars can be highly effective. For our numerous adult students, private lessons can give the comfort and privacy they want, and allow for a higher level of flexibility in pacing and curriculum than a group setting might.
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Offered, but less recommended for students 7 years or younger
Highly recommended for students of 8 years or older
Extremely effective with Adult learners
Private Piano Lessons are most effective when performance and/or ensemble opportunities are added
Most effective format for learning technique, classical repertoire, and technology
Merriam Music’s flagship “KEYFEST FOR KIDS” program continues to experience the highest retention rates in Canada. For students between 4 and 8 years old, group piano is highly encouraged, since our statistical success rate with the program (defined in this case as those who remain vs. quit) is almost 50% higher vs. traditional private lessons.
This is a group format which a highly structured, giving lots of opportunity for friendly performance, group learning, parental participation, and social development. Through this program, Merriam School of Music has been able to dramatically increase 2nd year retention for new students from an industry average of below 50%, to 91%!
Who Should Audition For Enriched Piano Lessons Program?
AGES: 4-8 Years Old
The successful candidate for this program will have shown outstanding musical ability and potential, and has the necessary commitment and resources to fulfill the requirements of the program which includes: practicing a minimum number of hours daily (number of hours based on program level); listening to recordings of repertoire; attending lessons, ensembles and master classes; performing in festivals, competitions, recitals and examinations; attending concerts and recitals in the GTA as suggested by the teacher(s).
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Unprecedented Performance Opportunities
Opportunities for Ensemble, Solo, and Accompanying experience
Full preparation for North America’s top university music programs, including Berklee, UWO, and U of T
Full Immersion Experience
Learn on fully-professional acoustic instruments, including IN-CLASS GRAND PIANOS
Private lessons to study improvisation techniques with Toronto masters in Jazz and blues. Learn about the masters like Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, and equip yourself with the wide range of jazz idioms and cliches that will impress friends, and leave you satisfied and engaged.
This program offers students an exposure and general introduction to the specific styles and techniques commonly used in “blues piano” playing. From masters like Jellyroll Morton to Dr. John, you’ll be able to entertain yourself and friends with usable, memorable songs, styles, and riffs.
Courses in both private and group formats perfectly suited to beginning students of all ages. Contact us or read more about our approach and the many options available to students just beginning the journey of learning piano.
Are you an adult who used to play piano when they were younger, but had to stop because ‘life’ got in the way? Or perhaps the way in which you were taught caused you to reject it at the time, but you’d like to re-explore it?
When people think of piano lessons, many picture a disciplinarian teacher standing overhead, holding a ruler…ready to strike at the first possible mistake. While we’ve (thankfully) moved passed such torture for piano students, surprisingly the content of those very lessons still lingers within the piano education community. One of Merriam Music’s biggest and most obvious differences is that we focus on so much more than just right notes or exam scores.
We teach music in a ‘linguistic’ sense, meaning that we teach the grammar, vocabulary, and repertoire of the musical language. Then we combine an unmatched number of performance and ensemble music making opportunities so that those skills get used in a relevant, engaging way.
The point of learning an advanced skill – and music is certainly that – is to use it! Ask yourself this question:
“If you were learning a sport such as soccer, but the only time you played was with your coach for 30 minutes a week, and there was no team-mates, no crowd, and no stadium, how long would you do it?”
The answer for most people of course is not very long. And we have found the same thing with music. Music is naturally a social activity, but if it is never experienced like this, many people find it hard to find meaning and relevance. After all, you can only get so excited about an exam!
We can all recall how if feels to step inside an extraordinary facility – the first time in a recording studio, or maybe walking into a new stadium, a new car, or an amusement park. Its that feeling of awe and wonderment that we all get when we can step outside of our everyday lives and feel the excitement of something special.
Here at Merriam School of Music, we have dedicated an enormous amount of creativity, finances, and time into creating what many have called the most unique musical learning facilities in Canada. Studio A/B (Oakville) our jam/coaching rooms (Vaughan/Oakville), enriched studios (Oakville), enhanced group rooms (Vaughan/Oakville), and our enhanced private rooms (Vaughan) or standard private rooms (Oakville) constitute an absolute commitment to provide our students the very best surroundings.