Why play piano?
*Piano lessons can help children as young as four, show advanced brain development and improve their memory.
*Musical training may do more for children than simply teach them their scales. It exercises parts of the brain useful in Mathematics, Spatial Intelligence, and other intellectual pursuits.
*The combination of using arms, all 10 fingers, legs, feet (pedaling), ears and eyes, builds a coordination of mind and body that, according to an MIT study, results in 30% more effective coordination than average people.
*The study of music is an extension of the learning process so children who excel at piano playing often do well at school.
Joy gives private lessons and teaches from her home studio in McKinney, Texas. One on one interaction between herself and her student results in a faster rate of learning. Joy is a veteran of The Royal School of Music (UK), and The Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada). She provides high quality private instruction, motivation, and a love and appreciation of music to all of her students.
Joy has taught a broad range of students with varying degrees of talent and cognitive abilities. Whether your interest is classical, pop or worship, she will be happy to guide you through the fundamentals of piano playing techniques, ear training, sight reading and music theory.
Joy recommends that young students begin piano lessons at seven years old. However, there have been exceptions to this rule. Typically, the younger students start with a 30 minute private lesson once a week. For older and advanced students, she offers a one hour lesson per week.
Students are encouraged to practice at home. Having an instrument at home, whether it is a keyboard or an acoustic piano, is necessary for progress. The pace is usually age appropriate, and practice becomes increasingly important with time. Your child will be given home work assignments after each lesson.
It is Joy’s goal to provide the skills needed for each student to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of piano playing. It is truly the gift of a lifetime.
Of Musical Interest...
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