Classes evolve to alternating weekly between a 60-minute class with musical peers one week and a private 30-60 minute lesson the opposite week. Students then take weekly private 45-60 minute lessons with a few group classes with peers featuring:
- Music technique & theory
- Ensemble/Duet classes
- Competition prep classes
- Composition/Arranging classes
KEYBOARD MUSIC WORKS
is my unique music school that features group and private piano lessons that progress for years, designed to meet each student's goals and ability levels as they mature musically. My graduates excel in many genres of music and are well-rounded musicians and top contributors to their community's bands, orchestras, and choirs. I strive to develop each student's comprehensive musical abilities in an environment that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of music participation in various styles of music.
Students begin with 60-minute group lessons each week with their peers. Classes help develop their rhythmic abilities, their singing and ear training by singing solfege, and their reading and technic by being motivated in class. Students are inspired by their friends in class, not just their teacher and parents. They learn the importance of practice and accuracy in learning with others. They enjoy the ensemble experience and the variety of sounds the instruments provide.
And it's fun!
My name is Christine Smith, or "Miss Chris" as my students call me. I have taught piano for 50 years. I earned my Music Degree in Piano from Bowling Green State University. After college, I studied with a prominent jazz instructor and expanded my musicianship beyond classical studies to improvising and composing. I enjoy teaching all styles of music, and motivating students with the world of electronic keyboard instruments, as well as classical performances on my Steinway grand piano. I taught Yamaha Music classes for over 20 years, which features group lessons for children as young as 4. That experience taught me the advantages of students learning from each other in a group setting, and now that I teach in my home, I have created a course that mixes private and group experiences, creating a motivating environment for today's busy children to learn piano.