Merriam School of Music currently offers beginner piano lessons in two formats: group piano classes and private piano classes. Students’ ages and interest will determine which is the better fit.
Priority is given to student engagement through the gamification of the learning environment, specialized technology tools, and social interactivity so that the experience is fun and relevant. Students who make it through their first year of instruction are more than 8 times as likely to continue to a higher level, so a highly regimented structure of activities is employed to help parents and teachers form good practice habits, and climatize young students to the challenges and rewards of learning a musical instrument.
Generally, we recommend group piano classes to students between the ages of 4-8, particularly if they have no or little experience with music lessons. For students older than 8, or those who have already had at least a year of private instruction, private instruction may be a better fit.
Merriam School of Music welcomes more than 750 new beginner piano students each year, and is a leading institution for piano instruction in Canada.
Beginner Piano Students at Merriam School of Music, regardless of whether they are in group or private classes, will be taught a comprehensive set of skills that can be applied to either a classical or contemporary focus.
The long-term goals of our courses is to leave students with a knowledge base and skill set which is understood at an applied, linguistic level. This is contrasted with the more common memorization / regurgitation model which is less likely to be retained or used after the students’ initial study period is complete.
Group: Each class takes place between one teacher and up to 8 students, with at least one parent accompanying each student.
Private: Each class takes place between one teacher and one student, for either 30 or 60 minutes.
The classes will occur at the same location, time, and day of week throughout the year, except for holiday periods, or make-up weeks.
Levels / Ages offered:
Beginner Piano Lesson students can be any age, as young as 4 years old. For students between 4 and 8, group lessons have demonstrated a greater success rate. For students older than 8, or students who have had previous private instruction for at least a full year, private lessons are generally recommended.
Beginner Pianos Lessons
|Length:||30 / 60 min|
|RCM Exam Compatible:||Yes|
|Start Date:||Throughout the year|
|Genre:||Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues|