Piano can be a lifetime source of personal satisfaction, enjoyment, and relaxation. One of Ron’s main goals is for his students to gain piano proficiency in sight-reading music. This is accomplished by playing an abundance of music. Continual repetition during practicing is key to success, which is a discipline that carries over into other areas of life such as sports and homework. The key in progress at the keyboard is the consistency of playing music, not necessarily the amount of time spent.
The ideal age to begin lessons is age 7-8 when the child is able to understand simple math concepts because music is math, specifically fractions. Eye-hand coordination has usually developed by this time, as well as an attention span to focus for a half hour lesson (longer for more advanced students).
Music theory is made fun each week by starting out lessons with a musical game that covers the wide range of musical concepts that must be grasped in order to succeed. The students eagerly anticipate the games each week!
Ron works with current popular method books as a foundation. As the student progresses, he personalizes his approach with supplemental materials, per students' requests, to keep them motivated to practice. Although Ron believes classical music is the foundation of piano instruction, he introduces a wide range of styles and specific student-requested songs from jazz to popular music and movie themes. He can arrange music to fit the students’ level by creating customized, printed sheet music for each one.
Although the standard 88-note acoustic piano is ideal, many of his beginning students have starter 61-note electronic keyboards, with
touch-sensitive keys. This enables the parents and teacher to evaluate, without a big financial investment, whether the students have the gift or talents to warrant a larger keyboard.
Ron’s personal experience in teaching proves that disciplined time, consistency, and effort can produce great rewards in succeeding at piano!
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