Piano & Keyboard Lessons
Our Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach locations offer piano lessons for students ages 4½ years to adult, of all abilities from beginners to very advanced students. Our private piano lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. We offer instruction in various styles from classical and jazz to pop. We have students who want to play just for fun and students who wish excel with our 24-level motivational goal system. The goal system incorporates a means to track progress on note reading, music theory, sight-reading and ear training activities in our private lessons. Students can complete the levels at their own pace and are rewarded at the end of each level with a medal and a CD containing an archive of themselves performing and recording their favorite songs from the year!
At our school, 4½ years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons. At this age they start to develop longer attention spans, have better physical hand abilities, and can retain material with ease.
You can also split your lesson time between both Piano AND Voice if you have an interest in both, or are trying to decide between the two. This option is great for musicians as young as 4½ years old because it provides a basic foundation of music, such as ear training, while keeping the student engaged.
Why play piano?
From classical to jazz, pianos can be found almost anywhere. Learning piano is also one of the best musical foundations you can have; most professional musicians have some background in piano. For anyone interested in composing, songwriting, or music theory, piano is nearly essential. John Williams, composer for classic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and E.T. began his career as a pianist. But even if you don’t care about playing professionally, piano is a great way to learn to read music, train your ear, and have fun playing your favorite songs!
Piano is unique, in part, for the way it fully engages all parts of the mind and body. Although it’s easy for young children and other beginners to learn how to play simple melodies, advanced pianists are capable of some truly awe-inspiring performances. Pianists are required to read more music than most other instrumentalists (both bass and treble clef, often simultaneously), play independently with both hands, and make use of both feet. This means that not only does learning piano promote coordination and musicality, but it fully engages the brain. An MIT study revealed that the cerebral cortex, a portion of the brain which is important in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness, was significantly more developed in subjects who had studied piano as opposed to similar subjects who had no musical training.
For both kids and adults, learning to play the piano can be an incredibly rewarding experience, whether your goal is to become a concert pianist or just to play songs at family gatherings for the holidays.
Isn’t four kind of young to start?
Not at all! Kids as young as four can certainly begin learning how to read music and play with proper technique. Kids need encouragement, but learning the piano can be a great way for a child to learn patience and discipline while still seeing plenty of results to stay excited about learning.
Why Choose Us?
- Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
- Small class sizes
- Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
- Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
- University trained teachers
- Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
- Optional, low pressure recitals
"It has been amazing to see my son tranformed through his discovery of the violin. Since starting at the School of Dance & Music, he has gained a deep sense of accomplishment and confidence."
"My 7-year-old son LIVES for his weekly electric guitar lesson! We have to ask him to stop practicing!"
"I love the School of Dance and Music! I have danced there for years and I always love my teachers. They are always willing to listen and are open to what the students have to say. I like that all the teachers are friends and are nice. The teachers and students works well together (we are a team) and when I am there I feel at home."
"My daughter has met lots of friends at the school and has a great time coming here. She loves the teachers and staff and looks forward to the fabulous dance & music recitals they put on every year. The school is very well run and very accommodating to stressed out parents with ever changing schedules."
"What wonderful life long lessons my kids are learning at the School of Dance & Music! The teachers are positive and motivating and they each bring their own originality every week. The staff is kind and professional. Our family looks forward to a long relationship with the school."
Starting Lessons Off Right
- How Young is Too Young. Starting at the Right Age
- Insist on Private Lessons When Learning a Specific Instrument
- Take Lessons in a Professional Teaching Environment
- Make Practicing Easier
- Use Recognized Teaching Materials
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take a piano lessons?
A: It is ideal if you have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most our students rent or buy...
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