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 Rogers School of Music, 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), Rogers School of Music 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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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. At Rogers School of Music, we suggest 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.
Piano is a common first instrument because the concept is easy to grasp, and students will be playing their first song very quickly! Additionally, there are fewer physical limitations, since creating notes simply requires pressing keys. (Unlike drums or guitar, which require more advanced motion and physical capabilities to play.)
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.
Our Piano Teachers
Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions all over the country. We searched the Twin Cities for the best teachers, who embody the values we hold at Rogers School of Music.
Some have toured the US and Europe, and bring over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience to your lessons.
Do I have to know how to read music?
No. Beginners are welcome!
Do I need a piano to learn the instrument?
No, you don’t need a piano at home to take lessons at Rogers School of Music. A full size electric keyboard will suffice. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice at home.
We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. This helps ensure students can also practice dynamics.
Contact us to learn more about keyboard rentals and pricing.
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.
Sharing music with others is one of the most rewarding parts of learning an instrument. It also helps both children and adult students to develop confidence in their live performance abilities.
Our recital location is a fun venue with lights and a real stage experience. Parents never have to pay admission or any related fees.
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?
Praise for Rogers School of Music
Jared is friendly and encouraging to my daughter, even when she is struggling with the music.Lisa K.
Tanner really really enjoys working with Drew! He is so encouraging and challenges him with fun stuff to play. He looks forward to going each week!Amy K.
Our teacher really has figured out our daughter and is able to keep her focused. Anna’s style is so engaging which is just what we needed. There is much mutual admiration between student and teacher!Brad P.
Gina is great! She is always prepared, flexible, firm but loving. My daughter respects her and has learned so much!Leslie
I appreciate the individual support my son receives at Rogers School of Music so he can excel at school. Summer lessons help him to keep up his skill level.Susan
After only one voice lesson, I noticed a difference in my singing. The teacher was even more knowledgeable than I expected (and talented, too!). I learned an amazing amount in that one lesson, and am really looking forward to more. I would definitely recommend Rogers School of Music.Michelle P.
Drew is really patient and very encouraging. He really focuses on the positive and not the negative during our sessions. I’ve learned more about music from Drew in the past 6 months then from any other teacher/method I’ve tried in the past 5 years.Todd F.
We can’t say enough wonderful things about Rogers School of Music. We have two daughters who enjoy receiving the gift of music education through the wonderful instruction provided by encouraging teachers. My daughters are encouraged to stretch in their learning. The teachers provide a positive environment along with a fun learning atmosphere. We look forward to our weekly lessons! The customer service and professionalism demonstrated by all of the staff, from the teachers to the front desk personnel makes us feel a world class welcome each time we arrive. The gift of music education is an investment we wouldn’t want to experience anywhere else!Stephanie Louder
I can’t say enough good things about lessons! I could talk all day. He loves it so much. It was one of those things where he plays tuba at school, but they have jazz ensemble and we thought he would love to try bass. It was a big commitment to buy the bass and do the lessons, but it was the best decision we ever made. His confidence is way up! He says “I love it so much.” Winning student of the month gave him even more confidence, and he is so proud of it! We love it– we absolutely love it. He is doing great, and I don’t STOP telling people how great you are and how their kids should come for lessons too.Stacy W
I just can’t tell you how happy I am with my experience at Rogers School of Music. I’ve taken lessons from so many places over the years, and never had it go so smoothly–because the musicians often weren’t so good at the business side of things. Everything is so well planned and laid out, starting with the contracts and schedules. You never have to guess, everything is clear and concise. I always feel welcome here, from the minute I walk in. And I love my teacher! So thanks!”Jan S.
I got signed up and had my first lesson last Wednesday! It went very well. I was nervous going in, but my teacher was very nice to work with, and I was actually comfortable. I look forward to my future lessons, and after the first lesson, I have every confidence that I can actually do this!An adult student
Rogers School of Music is an amazing place! People are friendly, teachers are wonderful, and both my children are very successful with their instruments. Their teachers not only make their lessons fun but sharing their love of music has inspired my children to practice, to be proud of their accomplishments, and share their new musical talents with others!Erin B.
My teacher makes it fun to not just learn rock music, we talk about it and I love that he can pick up a song and work with me right away on it.Bill M.
Mike was a great fit for my child, my son thinks he is “cool” which helps my son be more excited to go to lessons every week.Julene
Our son really likes his teacher Anna and so do we. We appreciate her dedication to her profession and he compassion for it also. It transfers onto our son.Bette
Love love love this program!! Caring teachers who provide positive guidance and encouragement to our girls. We would recommend this program to anyone!!Stephanie L.