Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello Lessons
Live Music for Weddings & Parties
Accompanying
Lesson Info Email: David@cranemusicstudios.com
Serving Salt Lake and Utah Counties -- Phn:801-599-9710

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lessons

Piano, Cello and Voice lessons are taught one on one. The length of the lesson is generally determined by your ability level. Beginners usually only need 30 minute lessons while intermediate and advanced students usually require an hour.

You are assigned a lesson time each week. Please see the Policy section for specifics on attendance, payment and discounts. If your not sure about the commitment of weekly lessons and you have had playing experience in the past, check out the section below on One time or Short Term lessons.

Piano Lessons

Parents are always welcome to observe lessons. Generally, formal music lessons are suited best for children age 5 and above. Younger children should still participate in one of many young child music programs around such as Music Together offered locally by Imagination Place. These programs help children learn basic music skills that will make lessons more enjoyable when they start. Most children do not have the attention span to sit through a full lesson until somewhere between ages 5-8.

Every child is different, so please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions with me. We often suggest that until about age 8 a parent observe lessons and then practice with their children each day. We always give practice instructions and have many resources available to help young children. We have experience teaching several different methods and try to find one that suites the learning style of each child.

We have several methods available for older beginners that get them reading music and playing rather quickly. So the older beginner should never feel like they are behind in anyway. A free consultation can be set up to discuss teaching methods and answer any questions you have.

Cello Lessons
I usually don't suggest cello lessons for children under age 9, but will teach them. I encourage children to learn piano first for a couple of years prior to starting cello as it puts them significantly ahead. Also, younger children often have a much harder time with the cello as it require more advanced motor skills and hand strength, both of which are gained through piano study.

Adult Lessons
Yes, even adults can start an instrument later in life, or pick back up an instrument long abandoned. The great thing about playing an instrument as an adult, is that it is for pure enjoyment. We encourage our adult students to play a little everyday. If they are able to get in 30 minutes of practice that is great, but even 10 minutes a day can yield great results. We focus on having fun and finding enjoyment in playing. We encourage adult students to select some of their own music so they can spend time playing things they enjoy.

Hourly Coaching for Piano and Cello
I have recently decided to offer, Hourly Coaching Sessions. These sessions are meant for people that have played before and not beginners. Beginners really need the consistency of a lesson each week. These sessions are specifically for students that want to work on a specific piece, or get help with specific techniques. They are a great option for people that are rather busy and really can't find the time each week for a lesson. You simply pay each time you come and schedule each session individually.

Coaching/Accompanying
I offer coaching for almost any instrument and voice as well as chamber groups. I focus on performance techniques and musicality.