Our Approach to Piano Lessons
Whether you aspire to play Bach or Alicia Keys, our dedicated piano instructors will help you become the pianist you want to be. Our faculty will introduce you to the fundamentals of sight-reading, technique and theory, and incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not need a piano at home to take lessons; a simple full-size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first six months.
Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!
We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Rochester Music Academy, our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!
Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.
Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.
While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical style and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go, and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), Rochester Music Academy helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
Our piano instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with each individual or parent to craft a lesson plan that fits the student’s unique needs and favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the piano after many years, our teachers will share their love for the piano and help you set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.
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Our Piano Teachers
Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions all over the country. Some have toured the US and Europe, and bring over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience to your lessons.
Jonathan describes himself as personable, easy-going, motivated, and a good listener. In high school, he received training in drum corps and percussion. This training made Jonathan a well-rounded teacher. He performs in
Piano, Woodwinds, Brass
Chuck holds a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. specializing in low brass. He is a former church musician, and a member of the Rochester Symphony Chorale. Chuck believes music education
Vona describes herself as friendly, patient, encouraging, and supportive. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music, English, and Religious Studies, as well as some post-graduate work in Sacred Music. Vona has
Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings
John describes himself as detailed, punctual and positive. He is originally from Northeast Iowa, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental and Classroom Music Education from the University of
Frequently Asked Questions About Piano Lessons
What’s a Good Age to Begin Piano Lessons?
Certain aspects of piano technique, such as interval reach, can be physically challenging to a young child. At the same time, there are plenty of basics to learn before large interval reach is necessary. Rochester Music Academy suggests beginning instruction no younger than age six. Have no fear: beginning at this young age will give your child plenty of time to progress in their keyboarding skills.
While children make up a good percentage of our student roster, we also love to work with adults. There is no such thing as being too old to learn to play piano. It has no age limit!
So, if you have the desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you—no matter your age.
Do I have to know how to read music?
No. Beginners are welcome!
Do I need a piano to learn the instrument?
No, you do not need a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. We do offer rentals at $25/month for 12 months.
Are there piano recitals?
Absolutely! Every November and June, our students have the opportunity to perform. We do not charge students a fee to perform. And admission is free, so you can invite all of your family and friends.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional. Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so why not get started today?
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