At Piano Lab I understand the needs of children:
- The need to feel safe.
- The preference for privacy while working through difficult sections of music.
- The desire to be gently guided without being shamed.
From day one, students enrolled in our programs are empowered:
- to build problem solving skills.
- to self-direct their learning.
- to navigate music independently.
I teach children how to REFLECT, how to EXPERIMENT, and ultimately how to LEARN from their playing.
The approach Becca takes to lessons - providing instruction, having them practice on their own, then having them play for her - works very well for keeping his engagement high.
The small group mentality helps my son see others at varying skill levels play, struggle, and overcome challenges, which makes him want to strive to do the same."
-PARENT OF A STUDENT
These lessons are different than the "traditional" music instruction setting. I teach in a research-based, student-centered format.
The process students follow during lessons can be summed up in a four-step cycle:
In this format, the teacher is not the judge who declares right or wrong.
Instead, your child is empowered to make choices, plan their practice, and feel proud of their progress, with gentle guidance and expert support along the way.
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What Are Lessons Like?
Students learn to play piano in a modern lab setting with up to 6 students, in a format that builds confidence and reduces anxiety.
I guide children to work through a song, to scan the piece, look for patterns, try a difficult section, identify areas of growth, and fix those mistakes INDEPENDENTLY by reflecting on essential questions.
Classes are not taught as a group! Instead, each student works at their own pace, and there are headphones for both the student and teacher at every piano. Students use red and green signs to communicate "I'm ready to pass a song," or "I have a question," and I provide guidance and feedback throughout the lesson.
Why Teach This Way?
There are SO MANY benefits to this type of lesson:
- Music is learned at the lesson, which makes practice at home easier.
- Students become EXCELLENT sight-readers, because they are taught independence at the piano.
- Less stress on parents: Students require little to no help at home with practice.
- More confidence, and less anxiety for kids. Students have PRIVACY while practicing, and have time to work out mistakes before presenting their work.
- Kids are motivated by each others' hard work and focus.
- Kids feel a sense of community, and have a chance to make friends within the studio.