pianolessons


Free Exploration

Natural Free Exploration

Children love the potential of the piano. Within minutes of having an empty piano in a space, I see children gravitate to the bench. I see them hit the same key repeatedly, observing that the pitch doesn’t change. In addition, I watch them vary their strength (usually to the upper dynamic level!), to test out the power of the piano. Even further, I observe them go up (right) and down (left) with joy, experiencing the huge range of notes.

The piano is unique, in the fact that it’s easy to make pitches. In fact, you could literally slam your fist down, and create a cluster of pitches. Compare this to using pencil crayons! Pencil crayons are easy to use; press the tip against the paper…and ta da! Colour.

Some instruments are not this easy. Have you ever tried to play the flute or trumpet before? Think back to your first time trying to blow a solid note. How did it go? For me, it was a huge mess! I mostly sputtered all over, with no discernible pitch. Those instruments add tremendous value to how our body relates to the instrument to make music. However, for a beginner, it is much harder to explore before that basic technique is achieved.

EN Music Studio truly believes free exploration is important to the student. Just like when a child learns to draw, we can not force them immediately to draw an apple or tree. They are more likely to scribble! To explore the different effects one can achieve depending on the weight of the pencil, the pencil type, and the different drawing strokes.

Piano is no different. Before we create fine art, the student needs time to explore the canvas of the piano freely. If stifled into a strict exercise only routine, piano students will view piano as an academic subject, and not as an artistic one. There is nothing wrong with the academic side of piano! The question is: what are you intending for the piano lessons to bring to the children?

 

 


Trial Lesson and Interview

Trial Lesson

Hello!

Thank you for considering EN Music Studio. Before registering for a month of a lesson, students and parents are required to go through one trial lesson and interview. This process is free and may happen outside of the regular proposed lesson time.

What should I bring?

If the student has taken piano lessons before, or has a musical background, please bring old workbooks so I may see the method they were taught under.

Do I (parent) have to watch this session?

Parents are not required to watch the session. In fact, I encourage parents to wait elsewhere, as children may be more withdrawn with the parents around. However, I leave this to the best judgement of the parent.

Note: I have a recently completed clean criminal record check, as well as a valid liscense to practice childcare.

What can I expect?

You can expect to go through 4 stages (appropriate to students’ current skill)

  1.  Learning a form of technique
  2.  Playing collaboratively with me
  3.  Creating/recording a tune
  4.  Interview with a parent to confirm  expectations and values

What happens after?

If all parties feel positively towards the lessons, then we will proceed to registration. There is no pressure to register immediately after the trial lesson. However, time slots are first come, first serve; if there is a specific time slot that is needed, I recommend registering as soon as possible.