Music education develops the child's intellect, brain and imagination; it teaches self-discipline, personal responsibility, nurtures their taste as well as their inner desire for the beauty in life. It awakens the child's creative skills and - above all - it makes them happy!
By learning to play the piano, children are stimulated to develop harmoniously and grow into a well-rounded persons. A very important approach with youngsters is choosing age-appropriate lessons while taking into account their overall skill level, personal preferences, interests and needs, and last but not least, their psychological characteristics.
The best age for a child to start learning piano is when they are 5 or 6 years old. The teaching method adopted at this stage is playful; the lesson – which should have a duration of approximately 30-40 minutes – is organized and presented as play and consists of several activities – singing, intonation and clapping of hands. Quite often, it could be appropriate to integrate other artistic activities, e.g. drawing or dancing. This facilitates the development of ear training and sense of rhythm. This is the period when the young students obtain basic knowledge of the keyboard and also when the different elements of the music education are being introduced. The main objective is to encourage the child to learn playing the piano with ease and passion, without excessive pressure or projected ambition for early vocational guidance.
Naturally, there is a different approach when schooling older children that nurture the ambition of becoming professional pianists. The educative process aims at the acquisition and perfectioning of specific artistic skills (which should not be confused, however, with the rigid adherence to a predetermined scheme for its own sake). This approach should be customized to the temper , the individuality, as well as the personal development, qualities and mindset of the students.
With both beginners and adolescent students alike, the tender fostering of their personal motivation and desire to master the instrument, is of utmost importance. For all other music lovers – those who are merely keen on playing music for leisure and fun, or simply desire to brush up on their piano skills – our piano lessons offer many opportunities and diverse educative solutions (repertoire, methods, etc.).
In our point of view, teaching piano is above all an amiable interaction between teacher and student. Our main goal is to bring joy and satisfaction, and foster the intellectual development!
Music is movement, beauty, thought and shape!
It opens the door to a vast world and promises an exciting journey and adventure!
Solfège and music theory lessons
Lessons in solfège and music theory form an intricate part of studying music. Depending on the child’s age, together with various other factors, these two elements can be taught separately or together.
With our youngest students, music theory and solfège are usually integrated into the piano lesson itself. At this stage, music theory is introduced primarily by means of play and fun activities, like singing, clapping of hands, drawing, writing and dancing. Later on, theory can be included as a separate unit into the child’s programme after assessing their skills, artistic and musical talent, their age, and their interests.
Solfege is the discipline that focuses on the development of the listening awareness and perception. In the very beginning, especially with younger students, this is achieved through singing by ear. The student listens to the music piece and is required to render the tones, intervals, melody, two- and three-voice polyphony (chord). Other shapes and measures of rhythm are then introduced slowly and gradually (clapping, singing and playing). This is followed by training in notation, which then serves as basis for the so-called solfege, or singing by notes. With children, such training is brought about with the help of short songs, hand gestures and drawing of the direction of the melody line.
Singing by notes plays a crucial role when developing musical skills and abilities – the perception of measure and rhythm as well as developing aural awareness and orientation. Solfege is the means by which precise intonation is achieved and lays the basis for understanding dynamics, tempo and complex terminology essential for the artistic performance of music; all these elements will be learned as part of the training in music theory later on.
More advanced students are required to notate a short, aurally-perceived music text.
Music Theory, as the name suggests, is the subject dealing with the basic theoretical understanding of the music text and helps to clarify music terminology. This discipline becomes is integrated into learning to play the piano at a later developmental stage and is aimed at more advanced and/or professionally oriented students.
Music theory introduces and explains basic terminology, such as – sound, noise, pitch, mode, scale, tonality, rhythm, measure, metre, diatonics, major and minor scale, temperament, notation of musical tones and duration, types of keys, dynamics, Italian terminology used for music notation, accidentals, septimal third tones and quarter tones. The practical side of the education involves recognition and notation by way of aural analysis of the above-mentioned elements.