Piano Play with Angela
Over the twenty years I’ve been teaching Music, I’ve seen what students really respond to and that is fun, colour and creativity. I take a multi-faceted approach to teaching piano: pattern-play, composition, chord-play, improvisation, off-bench activities, technology and workshops (on and off-line) are a huge part of my teaching strategy. I bring the best resources I can to my studio for my students to benefit from.
In 2021 I began training with the British Kodaly Academy where I studied Methodologies and Repertoire and Teaching Techniques for teaching Music to children aged 4-7 years old. This April (2022) I am beginning the courses that benefit teaching children aged 7-11 years old. I recently completed Level 5 Musicianship through NYCOS, which was a wonderful experience as refreshed my skills and took me back to my time spent in college learning all about musicianship.
Piano Lesson Options
This option has to be my favourite service that I am introducing to my studio in September 2020! In Buddy Lessons, two students spend part of the lesson together. Student 1 arrives at their appointed time for their one-to-one 30 minute lesson. At this point, Student 2 arrives and both students have a joint session for 30 minutes. During this time we work on duets, theory, music games, composition projects, ensemble and other concepts. After this 30 minute overlap, Student 1 leaves and Student 2 has their 30 minute one-to-one time. Each student receives a 60 minute lesson (shorter option for children ages 7 and under)!
Children learn much better when working in groups and with peers. Buddy lessons are so much fun and students learn through watching and listening to each other, playing manipulative games together and playing piano together while also getting quality, individual attention during their solo 30 minute session.
How do I find a Buddy?
I will match up suitable Buddies! It’s also an opportunity to make a new friend! If two friends are starting out on their piano journey and they would like to do it together just put both names down on the Waiting List!
Solo lessons are available at my studio: 45 minutes for children age 5+ and students age 10+ can now avail of a 60 minute lesson!
Students are invited to attend workshops (music-themed workshops) during the academic year. I want all students in my studio to feel like they are part of a community. These workshops are an ideal opportunity for students to meet up, play some fantastic Music games and have some fun! This years workshops took place online and the theme was ‘Composing’. It was fantastic fun – everyone collaborated on choosing rhythms and added their own melodies.
Due to COVID-restrictions it may not be possible to hold Piano Parties. Solo lessons will continue as normal on those dates.
All students are encouraged to perform a selection of their favourite pieces in the annual studio recital. In May 2020 we had our first ‘Keyboard Kapers Virtual Recital’ where students and their families joined me on Zoom to enjoy performances each student pre-recorded for the recital. It was extra special because much-loved grandparents logged in and saw their grandchildren perform.
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