KEYBOARD MUSIC WORKS
offers a unique class and private piano program developed by the owner, Christine Smith. After teaching the international Yamaha Music Education System for over 20 years, and owning my own school with 200+ students for over 10 years, I decided to downsize, teach in my own home, and enjoy using my many years of experience to develop a piano lesson program that would better accommodate all of my students. My students start in a group setting with 6-8 year old beginners. Those students do take extra private lessons as needed during the school year and the summer months. As the classes progress, students take a combination of group and private lessons throughout the year. The program here at Keyboard Music Works offers comprehensive music lessons, that progress for years, designed to meet the unique needs and ability levels of each age group as they mature musically. My graduates excel in all genres of music as well as being very successful at learning additional instruments in bands and orchestras. Many of my students are featured as soloists in choirs and musical productions at their schools and churches due to the vocal training they receive starting in the group lessons. I am based in Livonia near 96 & 275, and have students coming from Novi, Northville, Dearborn, Canton, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Walled Lake, South Lyon, even Eastpointe because of my unique approach to learning music, all on excellent instruments in the classroom and private studio.
I teach a balance of ear training, note reading and writing, rhythm training, arranging, improvisation, composition, ensemble playing, solo performance, theory, technic, and singing to create a truly well-rounded musician. 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 all styles of music.
Group Lessons provide many performance opportunities in a fun and rewarding atmosphere, along with a healthy spirit of interaction and competition. Students who learn in a group understand how important rhythm is and learn to feel the rhythms easier than most beginning private students. Students who learn in a group use singing skills to help develop a good ear for music and a good foundation for playing any instrument musically for the rest of their lives. Group students become more creative, as they learn ideas from each other, and students are motivated for years by their classmates accomplishments, all in an atmosphere that is nurturing, rewarding, and fun.
Private Lessons are given to all Keyboard Music Works students on some level to work with their own strengths and help on challenges. The younger students can arrange for extra private lessons during the school year, or come for a series of private lessons in the summer to work on performance goals. The rest of the students get help as needed on their class assignments at the private lessons, but really branch out to their own interests for competition and recital goals each year with their private lesson time. The hardest working students at Keyboard Music Works, do switch to 45-60 minute weekly private lessons after showing great progress and motivation in their earlier years, consistently at the top of their classes.